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    Oven door problem.

    Hi, On Thursday my wife was terrified by a very loud bang as she opened the bottom door of our Stoves Panache EF902 double electric oven. The door had dropped to one side; I dashed into the kitchen to find my wife rather shocked it had taken her completely by surprise. The oven could still be...
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    Gear cutting in a lathe.

    Hi, I adopted restoring vintage valve radios as a winter hobby when I retired in 2000 knowing nothing about them; I wanted to leave my comfort zone and try something new. I then spent the next ten years becoming deeply involved in this new hobby to the point of having articles published in the...
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    Woodturning spindle blanks.

    Hi, Just a quick message; I've bought three sycamore 4" square x 10" spindle blanks and as expected they are expensive because of the work that goes into supplying them with kilning etc. and postage costs. I had a thought a while ago and have just got round to acting on it; I've emailed a local...
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    Combi boiler.

    Hi, I'm well aware many members will have their own preference when it comes to boiler choice but just for interest and to mention a boiler with less parts to go wrong; 5 years ago we were paying British Gas £300 per year for boiler cover alone ours then was an Ideal Isar which was rubbish...
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    Home insurance.

    Hi, Just a quick message to say please check if you're renewing home insurance; ours is due and it's a good job I checked because the new terms excluded cover for our rear extension flat roof? Yes it's clearly stated none of the roof is flat but had I just renewed without checking then had...
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    Home insurance.

    Hi, Just a quick message to say please check if you're renewing home insurance; ours is due and it's a good job I checked because the new terms excluded cover for our rear extension flat roof? Yes it's clearly stated none of the roof is flat but had I just renewed without checking then had...
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    Lathe headstock bearings.

    Hi, During the last 60 years I've changed many types of bearings but I thought it might be worthwhile adding a few details of how easy it actually is to change headstock bearings. I'll try to put this thread together as I go along because otherwise I could get bogged down adding all the images...
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    Home made saw bench.

    Hi, I'm not encouraging novices to follow what I do but just for a bit of interest I like to rebuild or make machinery from scratch. Quite a while ago I downsized many of my machines including selling my Startrite combination woodworker; I then needed a sawbench so I designed and made my own...
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    In the workshop at last.

    Hi, It's ages since I posted on this forum due to being bogged down with heavy jobs around the bungalow and gardens. 30 years upgrading our detached bungalow and the last 3 years getting the gardens under control. It's like living on a mountain living here the site being a steep valley side...
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    Metal spinning.

    Hi, A few years ago I upgraded my Graduate lathe and also my Lorch Schmidt metal lathes adding a 3 phase inverter rated 1.1kw motor to each; both lathes are powered through a single Huanyang 2.2kw VFD. These 2.2kw VFD's run a single 1.1kw motor without problems. The VFD is mounted in a wooden...
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    Welding a tool.

    Hi, Yesterday dinnertime just as I was removing the lid from the pressure cooker Paul our neighbours gardener popped round to ask if I could repair a tool using my big machine to weld it for him which he had just broken; he had been removing weeds between patio flags; I briefly looked at the...
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    Home made saw bench.

    Hi, A while ago I sold my Startrite combination woodworking machine and although I have a rebuilt Shopsmith and big DeWalt RAS I wanted a decent dedicated rip saw bench so just for interest designed and built a saw bench to suit my needs. I'm a mechanical engineer by trade and am used to this...
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    High speed diamond hone.

    Hi, Over the years I've wanted to hone tungsten carbide tipped tooling and at one point bought an 8" dia green grit grinding wheel but it didn't impress me in the least. Recently I noticed diamond cup wheels on RDG website which looked interesting so I bought a 100mm dia version. As I collected...
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    16 drawer oak chest.

    Hi, Over the last month I've been busy making my wonderful wife Bronwyn a solid oak chest of 16 drawers for Bron to keep her card making materials in. It's been a true labour of love for the one I love. I've just finished the drawers and the new metal drawer knobs were bought from China for...
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    Front room makeover.

    Hi, I've not been on the forum for ages simply being too busy in retirement which I find is a full time job with maximum overtime and no holidays. In the last year I've installed new double glazing units to the bungalow front; given two bedrooms and our front room full makeovers and done quite...
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    Vintage TV restoration.

    Hi, Here's the story of a cabinet restoration where the guy was too stupid to quit. I had never been interested in restoring a vintage TV and should have walked away from this one. I've restored many vintage radios over the last ten years adopting this as an hobby when I retired. I'm completely...
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    Post numbering?

    Hi, Just a general enquiry. I'm a member of a number of forums and each have their posts numbered which I find useful. Has post numbering been considered on this forum or am I missing something as a newbie? Kind regards, Col.
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    10HP 3phase 415V for £120.

    Hi, I was delighted to read Bob's (9fingers) thread covering “Use of induction motors in the home workshop”. This is the best write up on the subject I've seen and top marks to Bob for sharing it as it is most informative and highly useful...
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    New computer desk.

    Hi, About 15 years ago a guy at work asked if I would make him a pine farmhouse table. I agreed and the design and size was agreed upon with a handshake as was the price. I had catalogues so the price was half that shown for a similar table. It was almost Christmas so during the Christmas...
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