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Thread: A bit more upcycling.
12/06/2021 15:03:37

Then fit the LEDs into the discs.22555641_1825065437785065_7180001951381113353_o.jpg

12/06/2021 15:01:46

Drill the discs for the LEDs and tap out a hole for a fixing screw. 22550556_1825065124451763_8466399254925648497_o.jpg

12/06/2021 14:59:08

Next, do a bit of pressure turning. I held the discs together with double sided tape and wedged them in the lathe using a rotating chuck in the tailstock.22770694_1825061971118745_6556671432606863506_o.jpg

12/06/2021 14:52:31

Take some scrap 'Perspex'. My mate owns the local scrapyard, and they get some great stuff in there at times.

Mark out and cut some discs to roughly the right size on the bandsaw.22552906_1825061581118784_7801105805431452084_o.jpg

12/06/2021 14:47:16

Next step is to mill some slots in the tube. 22553341_1825061194452156_2577167779378465714_o.jpg

12/06/2021 14:45:09

Start with a length of chrome plated brass tube removed from a very expensive free standing bath tap. As the thread title suggests, a scrap one, and set it up on the mill using my little home made indexing unit. I have a Vertex dividing head, but that was too big to use for this job. More to follow. 22712368_1825059721118970_1449712812345406436_o.jpg

Thread: Death.
09/06/2021 10:05:45

I have the sad task of announcing the death of a former member of the forum, namely John 'Bogstandard' Moore, who passed away early Monday morning.

I am sure many members will remember John as a top class engineer who could offer good advice, but who could also speak out in plane language against those who he thought were offering bad advice, a trait which did not make him too many friends.

He was however, one of the most generous men i have ever met, and was more than willing to help out anyone with any problems they may have had.

R.I.P. John, a top class man and a good friend.

Thread: John Moore
19/04/2021 09:44:38

Hi Bill, had a look for you on FB but can't find you there, sent you a PM with my name so maybe you could send me a friend request.

GL, i do read quite a lot and i have a page all about myself in a book that a mate recently wrote. I am also due to have a whole chapter to myself in an other book due to be published soon. Sometime in 2023 a book about the Beatles, by Mark Lewisohn will contain various anecdotes from myself.

With my current health problems i may never get to read the 2023 one.

Cheers Dek.

18/04/2021 16:37:54

Hi Gerd. John is still around, but not in the best of health. A few years ago he had to have a half of one lung removed and was then no longer able to use his workshop.

He sold all his tools and machines and contented himself with some model tanks. However his health has recently got worse and , like myself, now has to be content to watch daytime TV. A fate that most folk would consider to be worse than death.

To give you some idea how bad that is, i have joined Facebook to try and escape the TV.

I think it very unlikely that John will ever post on any of the ME forums again.

Cheers, Dek.

Thread: Cutting a V-Groove in Aluminium
28/03/2021 17:16:24

I have used 90 degree spot drills to put small V groves in things. Always worked well for me.

Thread: You think you have trouble starting your car on a cold morning?
17/02/2021 10:54:41

I bet he is glad it hasn't got a starting handle.

Thread: Workshop Equipment
23/08/2020 11:08:56

Hi Stuart. I bought both the DB 10 VS, and the Champion 20V mill about 7 years ago, and to date the only problem i have had was a broken NVR switch on the mill about 1 year ago. Cost a few £ for a new one and no more problems since.


Thread: Jobs
31/07/2020 14:22:38

DANNY M2Z & TONY PRATT1, I think you both missed the point. I did say that it would need all young men the world over to refuse joining any army. I would like to know though DANNY, just who were the army protecting us from in Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The only thing the army were defending there was the Bush family profits.

31/07/2020 10:25:27
Posted by Phil McAvity on 31/07/2020 09:44:19:
Posted by Bazyle on 30/07/2020 22:54:32:

Army - this was invented to supress the people and protect the monarch with defence of the realm only brought in when said morarch wanted more subjects to supress.

How to insult the memory of the people who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the privileges we take for granted that others dream of.

Way to go.....

I agree 100% with Bazyle regarding the army. If macho young blokes the world over refused to go killing people and getting themselves killed on behalf of some megalomaniac, who will hide somewhere in a deep hole until the killing is over, then the world would be a much better place. Sad to say that it needs to happen everywhere before wars can end.

Thread: Lathe upgrade advice
19/07/2020 17:42:13

I have had a DB10 for about 7 or 8 years now and no problems with it at all. yes

Thread: Newbie from Shropshire
15/07/2020 16:44:11

Welcome Tifa. I have had a DB 10 for about 8 years now, and no problems with it. Go for it.yes

Thread: Trembling laptop
15/07/2020 09:55:29

The '=' sign you refer to is not an equal sign, but indicates DC current.


Thread: Selling on behalf of executors in 1975
12/07/2020 09:09:46
Posted by Bazyle on 11/07/2020 22:42:51:

Ove the past year or so we have had a dozen people join the forum having bought someling like a Colchester or M300 as their first lathe, and some getting a bridgeport too. Fifty years ago a beginner would have thought themselves lucky to find a second hand Drummond or Perfecto. People have way more disposable income nowadays along with the comparitive lower cost of machines.

Things have gone up a notch too in expectations. Is it even possible to buy a new car nowadays without electric windows and aircon let alone a radio.

I remember the days when even a heater and carpets were 'extras' in most cars. sad

Thread: Cutting brass with saw questions
03/07/2020 10:08:49

In the vidios Bob posted, the saw in use is not a piercing saw but an Eclipse fretsaw and the table is Hobbies Ltd top of the range cutting table. I still have both of those that I bought in the early 50s. Just saying. sad


Thread: The cost of cheap (Free) materials
22/06/2020 22:53:29

I agree with everything you have said there Bob. If I had to buy any of the brass for my fibre optic clock from the normal dealers it would never have got built. Every last bit of brass was from my local scrapyard, and some of it was in large lumps that would have cost a fortune. The only things new on the clock were the electrics.


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