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John O19/09/2019 02:42:30
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Hello all, quite new to model engineering specifically but have been machining odd ball things for years. Reading through the threads on here and there's so much good info and great projects, will definitely be seeking advice from some brighter chaps than me in the future.

Have just put up my shed so still settling in and finishing the insides but have a Myford ML7 to move in along with an Alpine DM25 Mill.

Current project is a Briquette cutter that runs off the briquette being fed through straight from the press, so no electrics and no human input once the press is running. We use a reciprocating saw at the moment but when you are making lots of briquettes at a specific size, that method doesn't make much sense and the commercial cutters are too pricey and bulky.

Anyway, enough rubbish from me. Hellothumbs up

David George 119/09/2019 07:01:27
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Hi John welcome to the forum. There are many helpful members on here and you may be helpful to others but it helps so I if you give a locality were you are to suggest local supliers etc. Have you any pictures of past projects I am always on the look out for things to make.


Brian H19/09/2019 07:16:38
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Hello John and welcome to this excellent forum.


John O19/09/2019 09:08:58
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Thanks chaps, I'm based just outside Aberdeen, I don't have a lot of pics on this phone and I'm away with work at the moment, but here is a couple snaps of my cutter, however poor they may be! Haha



P.s. ignore the state of the garage I'm somewhere between moving stuff out to the shed and working on this haha.

John O19/09/2019 09:25:08
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Plenty room in there for toys🤘


Bazyle19/09/2019 15:45:30
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Nice big shed but while it is empty get 6 inches of insulation on the walls or you will only be working in there for a week or two a year laugh. Also on the inside of the insulation put a continuous plastic sheet vapour barrier  sealed to the floor with good seals round the door so the whole place is airtight Then you can run a dehumidifier that isn't trying to dry out the world and know your tools will be rust free.

Edited By Bazyle on 19/09/2019 15:48:09

John O19/09/2019 23:39:41
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Thanks pal, yeah I'm swithering about putting insulation in or not. I should, but will probably wind up spending my pennies elsewhere and just putting on an extra layer! haha

David George 120/09/2019 07:49:46
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Line the inside with a vapour barrier and insulate. It will save loads of money in the long run in heating and trying to avoid damp and rust.


Bazyle20/09/2019 12:47:27
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Posted by John O on 19/09/2019 23:39:41:

I'm swithering

One for my dictionary laugh

Pay now to save later - that's a hard one for a Scotsman. I'm the son of a Yorkshireman grandson of a Scotsman so even harder!

old mart20/09/2019 16:06:53
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It would be so much easier to do any insulation in the shed before there is anything in it.

Howard Lewis20/09/2019 16:25:18
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DEFINITELY insulate! Not only will it be warmer (and CHEAPER TO HEAT ) but there will be less problem with rusting.

Do build in some, if only slight, ventilation. as near as possible to the floor, a fixed vent, or vents, will allow moist air to exit. We all exhale moist air and we perspire.

My small shop is well insulated, and has floor level vents. Rust is not a problem.

Despite what others will say, moist air is heavier than dry air (Churches combat moisture by placing unglazed earthen ware pipes into walls, with the external end lower than the internal. The damp air enters the tube, and falls out of the lower end. How do I know? My late father was a vicar and his book on church maintenance advocated this as means of combatting damp )

Don't skimp on power sockets, you won't find that too many remain unused at some some, (Power tools, vacuum cleaners, battery chargers, engravers, extra lights, etc will all need a socket when you have too few)

If you use VFDs, do consider feeding from a suppressed socket, to avoid the risk of feeding unwanted noise back up the mains into your house, and any other on your phase of the mains.

Enjoy yourself, hours of fun to come!


Neil Wyatt20/09/2019 18:10:36
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Welcome to the forum John. How long can you keep he shed that neat?


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