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John Flack03/01/2017 11:31:11
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Going into reverse. My new year project is how to dispose of my workshop contents.Having survived three medical/Surgical mishaps I am now not safe to be left alone in my retirement custom built workshop. I have via local advts. sold a mill lathe and half a ton of metal stock, local secondhand dealers have made derisory offers for the tooling and hand tools. Has the forum any sensible ideas on how such items can be recycled. My difficulty is to avoid the need to create a packaging industry due the physical difficulties involved . Any helpful advice would be welcome. Sorry if this is gloomy post but 'stuff' like this happens in life.

New year greetings to all forum members

Gordon Tarling03/01/2017 12:38:33
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John - you have my sympathies - it can't be easy having to give up a loved hobby due to medical concerns. I'd suggest you list what you have for sale on this forum and on Homeworkshop.org.uk stating that everything is collection only. I'd suggest 'the Bay' but it's full of clowns who either want something for nothing or who can't read listings properly.

Gordon

Phil P03/01/2017 13:08:47
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Or contact your local model engineering club.

There may be some young model engineer close to you who needs to start a workshop.

Phil

John Flack03/01/2017 13:22:18
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Thanks Phil............... If there was a local club I would be a member, out on a limb in the colonial South west peninsular.

Thanks for the post..............john

John C03/01/2017 16:17:13
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Got round to making a better system for storing files. Some 40mm waste pipe and hot glue later:

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The next step is to code the various holes for file type, turning it into a true 'filing system'!

mark smith 2003/01/2017 16:32:09
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I decided to hack up a broken epson r1800 a3 printer, all i ened up with which could be of use to me was a precision bar , 3 smaller diamter pieces of steel and a heap of useful looking felt. What type of steel is it likely to be?

Surprised by how i ended up with scrap that filled 3 small bin bags when the printer itself would have probably fitted in one.

Ive heard people using the main bar as a lathe test bar, but how.? Its rather long at 54cms and exactly 14.94mm diameter but doesnt have centre holes on the ends.

Any other uses?

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Frances IoM03/01/2017 17:26:04
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the felt is there to mop up the ink 'wasted' during the clearing of print nozzles and gets everywhere!
There should be 2 or 3 small motors (usually 20V for Epson) - there is also a small power supply (tho usually I think 40V in Epson) but also a rotary optical disc + also an optical linear scale but both these need you to sort out the read mechanism
Bazyle03/01/2017 17:58:33
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Posted by John Flack on 03/01/2017 13:22:18:

Thanks Phil............... If there was a local club I would be a member, out on a limb in the colonial South west peninsular.

Thanks for the post..............john

is that UK south west? Perranporth MES is only 25 miles from Penzance so hard to get out of range of a club. If anything the locals will be even more eager to find a source of engineering kit.

Neil Wyatt03/01/2017 18:35:57
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Posted by John Flack on 03/01/2017 11:31:11:

Going into reverse. My new year project is how to dispose of my workshop contents.Having survived three medical/Surgical mishaps I am now not safe to be left alone in my retirement custom built workshop. I have via local advts. sold a mill lathe and half a ton of metal stock, local secondhand dealers have made derisory offers for the tooling and hand tools. Has the forum any sensible ideas on how such items can be recycled. My difficulty is to avoid the need to create a packaging industry due the physical difficulties involved . Any helpful advice would be welcome. Sorry if this is gloomy post but 'stuff' like this happens in life.

Hello John,

Sorry to hear you have to give up the workshop - why not keep a small chest of favourite tools, you can do a lot at a table without powered machines.

You might find this article by Roger Backhouse useful: Disposing of a Workshop

There are also free classifieds on this website and in both ME and MEW - you can specify buyer colletcs.

Neil.

Fumblefingers03/01/2017 20:53:25
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I see that there are a few "New Year" resolutions. Mine is to finish Bridget which has had an unbelievable long gestation period, and try to get rid of the workshop gremlins that know what you need next and hide it

And the New Year revolution is one turn at a time!!

mechman4804/01/2017 10:25:49
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Gutted 3 defunct printers; got a couple of shafts, kept 3 motors, numerous springs, & small torx head screws. Don't know what I'm going to do with the motors... yet? but the shafts are nice quality steel so they went into the 'special' box, I too would be interested to know what grade of steel these would be?. Removed the hard drive & ram memory card from daughters u/s computer & gave it back to use as ext. HDD, all the remains went into a skip just up the road; along with a couple of off cut ends of CI window weights ... with permission of the home owner of course.

George.

Windy04/01/2017 16:19:36
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Had Christmas and New Years day in York Hospital just released yesterday for a few days at home then back again for two or three weeks treatment seems it's a not too common Birkitts lymphoma a bit like me a rare breed.

A friend has sent me a photo of a home built machine has any body any idea what it is I have my suspicians but might be wrong also some other bits.what is it.jpgwhat is it 2.jpg.

Neil Wyatt04/01/2017 16:31:39
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Posted by Fumblefingers on 03/01/2017 20:53:25:

I see that there are a few "New Year" resolutions. Mine is to finish Bridget which has had an unbelievable long gestation period, and try to get rid of the workshop gremlins that know what you need next and hide it

And the New Year revolution is one turn at a time!!

Welcome to the forum, Fumblefingers

Neil

Neil Wyatt04/01/2017 16:34:58
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Posted by mechman48 on 04/01/2017 10:25:49:

all the remains went into a skip just up the road; along with a couple of off cut ends of CI window weights ... with permission of the home owner of course.

George.

Careful George, putting cast iron into a skip is frowned on in these parts

Neil

Windy04/01/2017 18:59:52
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Sent a few more pictures of what I think is a variable speed?

What do you think

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Michael Gilligan04/01/2017 19:04:36
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Posted by Windy on 04/01/2017 16:19:36:

Had Christmas and New Years day in York Hospital just released yesterday for a few days at home then back again for two or three weeks treatment seems it's a not too common Birkitts lymphoma a bit like me a rare breed.

A friend has sent me a photo of a home built machine has any body any idea what it is I have my suspicians but might be wrong also some other bits..

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Welcome back, Windy ... and best wishes for the next phase.

The 'machine' looks like some sort of variable-speed device [adjustable pulleys ?], but I have no idea about the sprocketed components ... unless they are a chopper for some exotic ignition system.

MichaelG.

[post interrupted by food ... hadn't seen your additional photos]

 

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mechman4805/01/2017 09:15:12
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 04/01/2017 16:34:58:
Posted by mechman48 on 04/01/2017 10:25:49:

all the remains went into a skip just up the road; along with a couple of off cut ends of CI window weights ... with permission of the home owner of course.

George.

Careful George, putting cast iron into a skip is frowned on in these parts

Neil

​Yeah know what you mean Neil; same here in smoggieland, but these were the ends with the holes for the sash cord to tie in to & the weight figures cast in... of no use to me that I could think of thinking ... cut up & kept the rest for future.

G.

Danny M2Z05/01/2017 09:22:02
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Posted by Windy on 04/01/2017 16:19:36:

A friend has sent me a photo of a home built machine has any body any idea what it is I have my suspicians but might be wrong also some other bits.

G'day Windy, get better. As for the device it could be a dynamometer for small engines.

* Danny M *

Martin King 205/01/2017 09:41:33
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John Flack,

PM sent

Martin

Thor05/01/2017 11:58:54
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Managed to get my Walking Beam Engine to run for the first time. Still a bit more work to do.

Thor

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