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    Sold Patternmakers vice

    I've been asked if I'll post, and yes I can. Approx cost £20 with TNT next day.
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    Sold Patternmakers vice

    Didn't realise I'd put that pic on - what I get for working off my phone! Its a patternmakers vice becuase it tilts, spins and rotates into any position you can think of. Patternmakers were the 5-axis machinists of their day, every face of a pattern is tapered and shaped so it comes out of a...
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    Wireless central heating controller advice

    I've got honeywell evohome. It's brilliant. Keeps the house warm enough for me to leave my tinfoil beanie off.
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    Mystery tilting jaw vice

    Wouldn't say knowledgeable - just knew I'd never seen one like it! Yes, it's all cast. Really well done as well. I was quite lucky to get it - a friend of mine in Germany had sent it to Andrew Alexander (blacksmithtools on instagram) and he didn't look at the message till after the auction...
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    Sold Patternmakers vice

    I need to face facts and admit I don't have room for a bench that's going to fit this vice. Reproduction patternmaker vice - an awesome thing if you have a nice chunky bench to fit it to. Apologies for the terrible pics, having phone camera issues. The staining on the jaws is old glue, I assume...
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    Mystery tilting jaw vice

    New addition to the collection of vices arrived over the weekend. I've no idea who it was made by and I haven't had a good answer from anyone else yet. Lots of people said it looks like a Peter Wright, and it does. It's MUCH heavier than my PW though. 6" wide jaws, weighs 40 kg. Pulling the...
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    Wilson 6" asymmetric jaw vice restored

    I find it really interesting how many variations of the wilson style there are. I'll post a thread about my latest acquisition later, its a doozy!
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    Adventures in metalwork and machine restoration!

    Really starting to come together now! My new manual forklift came in very handy getting the big heavy lump placed back on the stand without knocking any paintwork. Best £24 I've ever spent! I've got room on the bench now to get the next few bits cleaned up and painted. I spent some time working...
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    First import from the EU

    The cabinet is in Patras which I think is a little off the truck route for the UK - assuming they run up through the Balkans, if they ferry to Italy and then up it would be perfect. I'll try Nomad again, the guy said he thought it sounded too big, I'll try to persuade them!
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    First import from the EU

    Just in the interest of dragging this away from an argument, I'm trying to buy something in greece and struggling to find a shipper - I'll be one euro pallet. Value is very low (cabinet for a milling machine I have) If @Rorschach or @Trainee neophyte (or anyone else) have any bright ideas for...
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    Drilling metal

    I had some bosch drill bits from screwfix in my van to get me out of the poo if I forgot my good set. They were absolutely shocking, I don't know how bosch dare put their name to them! I tried to drill a piece of 3mm stainless (something I do a lot, so it's not like I don't know what I'm doing)...
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    Adventures in metalwork and machine restoration!

    Had a little time this evening and got the switchgear reassembled for the filing machine. Just needs a power cable and plug now. I've not bothered changing the motor or switches as 1. They're original and look cool. The top isolator box is very art deco - I'm going to highlight some of the...
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    Some nice gear being Auctioned..

    That's why they're industrial auctions. People buying the big kit are businesses and just factor in paying a machine mover to deal with the whole transport process. It's insured then and the seller doesn't have to worry about some numpty turning up with an engine crane to move something and...
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    Some nice gear being Auctioned..

    Thats standard for most industrial auctions. I buy from them quite often and I think it is mainly so people don't buy huge stuff expecting it to be loaded for free. Rigging and moving some of that big kit isn't cheap! I've only ever bought stuff that'll go in the back of my transit and they've...
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    Some nice gear being Auctioned..

    Thanks. I'll keep that one in the watch list! Wonder if that arboga drill is saveable? The smaller jig borer is a lovely looking thing as well
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    Wilson 6" asymmetric jaw vice restored

    Yes, mine is that exact model, just without being battered to death. You can see the square bar in this pic. I honestly can't remember how the QR mechanism works - I'll check next time I'm in the garage.
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    Wilson 6" asymmetric jaw vice restored

    That's the same as mine. Except completely knackered 😳
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    Adventures in metalwork and machine restoration!

    Success! That was an easy one. Just need to check my stock of spares for a suitable handle.
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    double taper turning.

    I've found boeshield pretty good at rust prevention. It's expensive but it beats cleaning rust off!
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    Hazdent Machine Tools - big wood lathe project!

    As far as I know laser welding can't be done on cast - the parts have to be perfect fitting. Trying to weld or braze it would be a nightmare which is why I suggested the cold option. Having a steel plate there gives it strength where the spanner rests when you're locking the spindle.
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