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Member postings for Gary Wooding

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Thread: Geometry question: What is the angle between two 45 chamfers, after the two connecting surfaces have been 'flattened'?
21/03/2022 07:13:16

I get 109.47°

Thread: Step Turning Carburettor Needles - Video
17/03/2022 14:11:53

The link doesn't work for me - indicates wrong address.

Thread: Railway station toilet signs
13/03/2022 10:21:43

Any comments on this sign photographed at the York Railway Museum some years ago?

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Thread: Philosophical maxims
10/03/2022 12:33:24

"If you can't constrain it, you can't cut it."

Thread: Diminishing chocolate bar
04/03/2022 13:52:32

Once upon a time a Mars bar was big enough to cut into slices and share, but now...

Thread: Steel Blue recommendations
04/03/2022 12:23:46

Mike, the pieces in the photo were coloured in early 2021 and still look fine despite living in a very slightly damp cellar workshop. In fact I can't see any change from the day I did it.

04/03/2022 10:10:50

I've had success with a product called 'Super Blue' made by 'Birchwood'. It can also be used to give an aged look to brass.

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Thread: MEW Index updated to Issue 313 (March 2022)
26/02/2022 10:56:29

That's excellent, thank you.

Thread: Songs about Engineering
23/02/2022 10:41:38

"Last train to Sacramento"

Thread: How to make this?
22/02/2022 10:26:14

I wouldn't bother making one, they're readily available and not very expensive. Don't forget that right-hand ones have a left-handed thread. **LINK**

Thread: If epoxy adhesives fail to set within 24 hours, is there any hope that they will EVER do so?
17/02/2022 07:49:38

Well, did it ever set?

Thread: Yesterday channel at 21.00
15/02/2022 18:43:25

I watched the program on catch-up and confess that I wasn't impressed, either by content or presentors. If the next one is no better then it will be the last.

Thread: Last Night's Astro Image
09/02/2022 10:31:30

No image is visible on my Win10/Firefox system. If I click on Images/Usage of Images and Videos I get the following error message...

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to PR_END_OF_FILE_ERROR

The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
Please contact the web site owners to inform them of this problem.

Learn more…

Thread: Right to Repair
31/01/2022 11:51:43

Way back in the 1970's I was on assignment to Germany, scheduled to return to UK at the end of 1976. I discovered a quirk in the tax laws that allowed me to purchase a car in Germany, free of tax, as long as I exported it within 12 months of purchase, and tax free in the UK as long as I'd owned it for 12 or more months. I ordered a Volvo 245 estate direct from the factory in Gothenburg and collected it from the factory at the end of 1975. It had special number plates (I think they were called Zoll plates) to indicate it was tax free in Germany. It turned out to be the worst car I ever owned.

The problems began with the extras I ordered - a rev counter, special folding seats in the rear cargo area, self levelling rear shock absorbers, electric windows, and a factory maintenance manual. The revs shown on the rev counter didn't match with the gearing and road speeds (never found out why), the seat belt anchors for the special rear seats were mounted upside down, and the maintenance manual was for the wrong car.

Driving home from north Germany to Boeblingen I noticed a strange wobble on the steering wheel when changing direction at speed. The local Volvo dealer in Boeblingen fixed the seat belt anchors, but couldn't cure the steering wobble, so they called in the area experts, who also failed. Volvo then decided to change the steering mechanism, which helped, but not entirely. The special rear shock absorbers then failed and were replaced.

In May we decided to go on a touring holiday to Austria. I was concerned about the car's reliability so the local Volvo agent loaned me another car for several days while they checked everything. It was very hot that summer and the electric windows failed in the closed position (very uncomfortable with no aircon), and then we noticed that the front Zoll plate was missing. Since this would have caused problems with customs we had to retrace our journey until we found it. The windows were fixed at the next Volvo dealer we found and we then continued along the Autobahn to Vienna. After an hour or so on the Autobahn my wife complained that she felt sick, so we stopped at the next service station where she dashed of to the wash rooms. On her return we walked to the car and I noticed a large pool of oil under it. Because of the excessive number of faults I had been given a special phone number to Volvo head office, which I then called. Volvo sent a special team to collect the car and take us all to Linz, where they paid for dinner and rooms for the night and replaced the gearbox. On the way home from Vienna all four shock absorbers failed. Back in Boeblingen it became apparent that the bodywork was rusting so Volvo paid the nearby Mercedes factory to respray it.

At he end of the year, with my assignment finishing, I was offered either a new car to take back to UK, or a refund. Since they wouldn't pay the UK tax on a car I wouldn't have owned for 12 months I decided to accept a refund.

Apart from the faults, the car was rather good, but I'm not sure if I'd buy another.

Thread: spell checker
31/01/2022 07:43:23

I'm using Firefox under Win10. Highlighted spelling errors in Gmail are corrected by right-clicking and selecting a suggestion from the pop-up, but in this forum the pop-up doesn't appear unless I hold the CTRL key when right-clicking. Maybe it will work for you too.

Thread: Scheppach Bandsaw Portable
24/01/2022 10:32:30
With my 4x6 bandsaw I, and many others I would think, have discovered that the movable vice jaw tends to rotate when trying to hold short length workpieces. This method completely solves this problem, and requires no changes to any part of the bandsaw at all. It's just a metal plate the same size as the fixed vice jaw, about 6mm thick. I used some aluminium sheet. A hole is drilled and tapped near one end to accept a suitable length of threaded rod that is used as a jack. I used M10. That's it.
The plate is positioned against the moveable jaw and, with the workpiece clamped tightly near the pivot point of the moveable jaw, the jack can be adjusted to meet the other jaw. The vice is released to allow the workpiece to be positioned properly and then clamped firmly. The jack stops the movable jaw from rotating.
If another plate is made but without the threaded hole, the two plates can be used together to hold short items very close to the saw blade.
A third plate of appropriate thickness can be used to lift odd shaped workpieces to allow the saw to cut right through.
The diagram illustrates all three uses. Works for me.
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Thread: Cannot upload image to album
20/01/2022 13:52:50

Irfanview is a very useful, free program, that can do lots of things with image files, including conversion of many image formats, including HEIC. It's my most used image app.

Thread: Calculator App
17/01/2022 07:37:19

The Casio fx-85ES will do what you want.

Thread: Chester Craftsman or Crusader?
08/01/2022 12:05:55
Posted by Colin Bennett 1 on 07/01/2022 12:06:31:

In general, does anybody know what power supply the Craftsman need? Does it need a 16amp supply or a 32amp supply? If it is 32amp then I might need to upgrade the supply to the garage.

My 12x36 Geared head came with a 1.5hp 1ph motor (same as the Craftsman) that ran quite happily from a standard 13A socket. After swapping the motor for a 2hp 3ph + VFD it still runs fine from a 13A socket. I didn't choose a 2hp motor because 1.5hp wasn't enough, I chose it because I could get it at a good price.

07/01/2022 10:18:36

I purchased a Chester 12x36 Geared Head lathe about 20 or so years ago and have had no problems. I replaced the original 1ph 1.5hp motor with a 2hp 3ph motor and Mitsubishi VFD. The 1.5hp was adequate and 2hp wasn't really necessary but it was the right price. I also fitted a 2 axis DRO.

I'm happy with it.

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