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Thread: What are these punches intended for
07/10/2019 14:38:04

Other than leather work wood carvers have punches similar to these

Thread: nutcracker
02/10/2019 22:39:39

Just read this about nutcrackers and a coincident maybe but this came out of the shed today. The thread is 1" X 620191002_173108 (824x1024).jpg

Thread: Track laying
25/09/2019 09:52:37

A a total novice I have been reading books on model engineering and have just read in a book by Martin Evans that a 3 1/2" gauge requires a minimum radius is 30ft it did not give any for the 5" gauge

Thread: Metal stock
24/09/2019 21:05:45

Thank you all for the replies. Looks like I will go with the writing on the piece as and when I know what stock I buy. I have used the masking tape on some wood pieces I have but only to mark the thickness and width unlike metal I can mostly identify what woods they are.

23/09/2019 00:19:29

When you buy metal and have to store it how do you do so as to keep all the same metals together or do you use a colour system to identify what grade type of material it is or maybe write on it.

Thread: Engraving
20/09/2019 22:03:22
A little late but just watched this
Thread: Painting and Finishing
06/09/2019 21:35:13

Using airbrushes can be an art in itself. Have used a number of them to produce different effects on some of my work.

Many times when painting anything is when two different colours are required and you need to mask off to give a clean line between the two colours a small trick I use is paint the first colour them when dry mask off and then with the original colour spray along the mask line let dry and gently rub down then apply the second colour this gives a crisp clean line.

If using an airbrush aim across the masking tape and not at the edge as the paint can be forced under the edge .

There are some very good videos on u tube about airbrushing mind you there are also some bad ones just need to sort them out

Thread: Mini mill or handtools for this job (rectangle with slots)
03/09/2019 10:21:07

If as you say they will be made from Aluminum and you have a woodworking router you can buy router bit for that purpose but it will take several passes as most of them are designed for thinner material

Thread: Is the price of this model boat at all realistic
01/09/2019 17:46:25

Wish I could sell myRC boats for that price but then mine are not that olddevillaugh

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
28/08/2019 10:39:42

One was of a better quality, the next cheaper one showed clear signs of ‘corner-cutting’. But the cheapest (about a quarter of the cost of the most expensive example) was very likely not even worth that quarter! The internals were so poorly made and cheap that the machine was not likely to last very long at all

It may surprise you that even some well known brands do not last very long.

A while ago I was on a course and was told by the instructor that the drill their company produced has a working life span of about 1/2hour as it was a DIY model and many DIY'ers would only use the drill for 2 minutes at most at any one time and this may happen only a few times over the period of the guarantee and will not add up to the.

Having said that many of that brand have gone on to give great service.

Thread: Mystery Tooling
14/08/2019 14:11:41

Plus one for drill sharpening jig I have one made by eclipse and if you need them I also have instructions for it's use

Thread: Woodworking Router
13/08/2019 10:37:37

There are proper aluminium cutters available for wood routers the smallest I have seen so far is 3mm from Trend.

Edited By Derek Lane 2 on 13/08/2019 10:38:28

11/08/2019 18:50:45

i run two old Bosch POF500A routers the small ones both of them are a fixed speed I don't have any problems with burning except on occasions on Oak.

If you have a deep cut to do try doing it in stages as well as if you are removing a large amount of of the sides.

You can get router bits as small as 1.6mm.

Look fir a router with a 1/4" collet unless you will need to do large cut with larger router bits. 1/4" is pretty standard here in the UK

Thread: How much is a Chinese made GWR 5 gauge 14xx loco?
10/08/2019 11:02:12

Was it Keith Appleton

Thread: Locking Levers
05/08/2019 10:26:53

Are THESE any good

Thread: Wood in small (or large) amounts
18/07/2019 23:30:46
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 18/07/2019 21:07:39:

Interesting, I've dropped him an email to see if he stocks blanks suitable for guitar bodies.

I don't know about bodies but THIS place has wood for guitars.

Edited By Derek Lane 2 on 18/07/2019 23:31:17

18/07/2019 17:45:13

Lime is certainly a great wood for carving I have carved a few pieces.

Sycamore and maple woods are pretty good paler coloured woods as is beech which can be hard

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
15/07/2019 14:11:28

As Martin Kyte stated woodturning supplies for box wood as for Lignum Vitae if only very short pieces are required IE less than 4" then look for old bowls balls and cut them up they can be expensive you can pay £10 upwards for one in some places. I am fortunate in that I managed to pick up 18 for nothing.

15/07/2019 10:23:51
Posted by geoff walker 1 on 12/07/2019 11:57:53:


Just need to apply a sealing finish to the oak. I thought perhaps briwax applied with wire wool.



I know a couple of days late but I turned this yesterday to only find a couple of nails in it and as you can see the black area is what they have caused. The wood for this is Ash had it been Oak the effect would have been a lot worse as it contains a lot of tannin which reacts with metal.

To give another example if I want to turn Oak black I take wire wool and let it steep in vinegar for a while and when rubbed on the Oak will turn it instantly black, so avoid rubbing it with wire wool

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As for using Oak on a nicely made scale model the grain is of the open type and can look wrong on a small scaled model, personally I would have used a closer grained wood for appearances and then stain it Oak coloured.

Edited By Derek Lane 2 on 15/07/2019 10:43:17

Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
28/06/2019 22:14:51

I leave cleaning up until the next day before work starts I find that on colder days the vac and me cleaning makes it warmer to work for that session.

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