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Bill Chugg20/11/2018 16:58:24
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Can anybody recommend a supplier of bespoke wooden bases to mount an engine on please?

Just want a plain oak base, about 9 by 4.5 by 1/2 inch thick no fancy shape sides.

Fed up with looking on ebay and etsy.

Thanks

Bill

Rod Ashton20/11/2018 17:49:47
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Buy an old laboratory balance!!

Bazyle20/11/2018 18:01:09
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Google your town for woodwork / turning /carving club /society. Likely that someone will be happy to make one for you and possibly in exchange for a metal bit for one of his projects.

Graham Wintersgill20/11/2018 18:16:23
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Bill

Unless you are set on Oak I can supply a piece of American White Ash or strips of Western Red Cedar left over from my kayak and canoe build.

Graham

Bazyle20/11/2018 18:19:03
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Just had another thought. Try looking for a local sign maker as house signs and nameplates are about that size. If in Devon try Notice-it in Topsham. Only thing is the lead up to Christmas is busy for them as a people think of easy presents.

Bill Chugg20/11/2018 18:23:13
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Thanks replies gents.

Graham - PM sent

Bill

Ian Parkin20/11/2018 18:45:08
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If you just want a piece of English or European oak the size that you quoted let me have your address and i’ll Drop a piece in the post for you

i can do it rough cut ,planed, or planed sanded and finished

bricky20/11/2018 19:02:32
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Try a kitchen fitter who often rip outdated oak units and the doors are ideal pieces of timber.

Frank

fizzy20/11/2018 19:36:47
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theres a chap on ebay sells them cheap - type in plinth - I use them to display my boilers and they are well made solid wood

Stuart Bridger20/11/2018 20:14:56
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Cheap chopping board from a supermarket, cut to size and finish

Mick Charity20/11/2018 20:17:05
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I've used chopping boards from the local supermarket in the past.

Tesco's granite ones make excellant flat surface tables too.

Derek Lane 220/11/2018 23:36:02
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If you get stuck give me a shout as I have some Oak/ Roughly where about are you

Bill Chugg21/11/2018 08:24:22
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Thanks for the offer Derek

I said oak as I needed a light colour but any light / yellow colour would do as engine is black.

I have no woodworking skills or equipment so was looking to buy a finished base.

Would have happily paid up to £20 for a bespoke one..

Bill

Edited By Bill Chugg on 21/11/2018 08:24:56

Martin Kyte21/11/2018 08:54:39
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Oak is quite acidic to the extent of tending to rust steel screws used as fixings so be aware if you do use that. If the engine base is directly in contact then a good sealing of shellac and wax or varnish should protect your engine.

regards Martin

Bandersnatch22/11/2018 01:30:06
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In Canada/US you can get finished bases from a decent handicraft store such as ' Michaels. Surely there are similar such stores in the UK which might supply one?

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Derek Lane 222/11/2018 09:46:35
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Posted by Bill Chugg on 21/11/2018 08:24:22:

Thanks for the offer Derek

I said oak as I needed a light colour but any light / yellow colour would do as engine is black.

I have no woodworking skills or equipment so was looking to buy a finished base.

Would have happily paid up to £20 for a bespoke one..

Bill

Edited By Bill Chugg on 21/11/2018 08:24:56

Bill I will have a look to see what other wood I have. I definitely have Oak if you want that just for postage. I can cut to size and finish.

But as stated above Oak can play effect metal if both are left bare due to the Tannin in it. I turned some wet Oak once and had to clean the lathe straight afterwards and even then the metal started turning black.

Samsaranda22/11/2018 10:26:57
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Check Ebay there are numerous sizes of finished plinths suitable for mounting models.

Dave W

Bill Chugg22/11/2018 10:52:12
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Thanks reply all

I need a specific size 235 by 135 by 10mm

As soon as you ask the ebay sellers for a non standard size the price doubles - quoted £30 by one chap.

Local woodwork / window / furniture makers quote the same figure - but be about six weeks.

It is at times like this you wish you were in Canada or America.

Thin wall brass tube 1 inch diameter - I have to buy it from America,

Thanks to a kind member I am now sorted

Bill

Weary22/11/2018 11:08:00
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Bill,

Brass tube, 1" diameter x swg 22 (0.028", 0.75mm) is listed by M-Machine metals. He also stocks 20, 18,16, & 10 swg.

Regards,

Phil

Bill Chugg22/11/2018 11:16:09
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Posted by Weary on 22/11/2018 11:08:00:

Bill,

Brass tube, 1" diameter x swg 22 (0.028", 0.75mm) is listed by M-Machine metals. He also stocks 20, 18,16, & 10 swg.

Regards,

Phil

Phil, thanks for that.

Just checked it out and saved it. That will be a great help

Thanks

Bill

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