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  1. Aled Dafis

    Which cordless drill?

    The batteries on my Milwaukee 18v are shot, and unfortunately they changed the design a few years ago, so I can't get hold of replacement batteries anywhere. So, I put it to the jury, which drill should I go for? I have no real brand preference but need a decent combi drill, and I may even be...
  2. Aled Dafis

    Salad bowl finish?

    Hi, what do you guys use as a durable salad bowl finish? Ideally I'd like something with a bit of a sheen. Thanks Aled
  3. Aled Dafis

    Sanding arbors

    Hi guys, it's been a while since I posted here, I hope you're all well. I need some new sanding arbors and was hoping that you could point me to the best/best value ones around. I generally use the 3" pads but have in the past cut them down to say 70mm so that the paper overlaps the sides a...
  4. Aled Dafis

    A selection of GCSE Coursework 2012

    Hi, I thought some of you would like to have a look at what my Design and Technology class have been up to this year. They were given three options as initial briefs to follow, Storage based on the work of Ross Lovegrove (natural forms etc.) Low voltage lighting Cycling accessory...
  5. Aled Dafis

    Fruit turning with a difference

    I've just completed this "Half a Lemon" for one of my colleague's A Level students at school. He's making a coffee table based on fruit, it's supposed to be some kind of play on Alessi's Juicy Salif, the "lemon" is 400mm diameter and about 430mm long, laminated from glued up octagons of 75mm...
  6. Aled Dafis

    #4 1/2 Smoother - LN vs Clifton...

    Hi, I'm in the market for a decent 4 1/2 to complement my excellent Clifton #3 #5 1/2 and #7, it must also have an O1 iron (I really dislike A2!!). So, you're all probably screaming "Just buy a Clifton 4 1/2". The thing is, when I started buying nice planes I lusted after a Lie Nielsen, but...
  7. Aled Dafis

    Sole flattening - Paul Sellers

    I wasn't to sure what to think of Paul Sellers the first time I came across him, but the more I read and watch, the more I recognise that he's a very skilful craftsman with very efficient working practices. His sole flattening video on Youtube is quite interesting, I'm not sure if I'd go this...
  8. Aled Dafis

    Eisteddfod Bardic chair

    This is a miniature Eisteddfod Bardic chair I've just finished. For those of you unaware of Eisteddfodau, they're a traditional cultural competition held throughout Wales where people compete in singing, reciting and of course writing poetry. There's more info in wikipedia if you're...
  9. Aled Dafis

    Applying glue to Dominoes

    How do you guys go about applying glue to Dominoes? I always find it a bit of a ffaff squirting a dab of glue on both sides of the domino and then another in the "hole" and am never quite satisfied that I've done a good job of it. The other option of course is to use a little brush which...
  10. Aled Dafis

    Cyclone heads up - on the bay

    Just came across this while browsing, would be ideal for someone in the Oxfordshire area. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cyclone-Dust-extractor-Blasting-Cabinet-Hodge-clemco-/200720756027?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2ebbe3ad3b#ht_500wt_1413 Cheers Aled Edit, and this one in London...
  11. Aled Dafis

    Sharpening video on youtube

    I've just published a video on youtube as to how I go about sharpening plane and chisel irons and thought I'd share it with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFRJIAOGSJI&context=C317f1acADOEgsToPDskJxko6M4gwYc6gkcAbqhMRo This is my first go at putting a video together, and it was quite...
  12. Aled Dafis

    Elm Coffee Table

    Reading Rob's thread on his one plank Krenovian inspired wall cabinet reminded me that I'd done a similar thing last autumn when building a coffee table. So here goes a retrospective WIP of sorts, unfortunately I didn't take enough pics of the process. I can't remember where I acquired the...
  13. Aled Dafis

    DIY RPM meter??

    Does anybody know of an off the shelf RPM meter that I could fit to my lathe, or one that could be easily made up/bodged? I've no real need for one, but thought that it may be a nice add on - in all honesty, I'm a little bored, and got thinking... I've had a quick look on ebay and only found...
  14. Aled Dafis

    Not bad for an hour's work...

    I've been putting off turning some milking stools that I've had orders for a while now, another order tonight pushed me into actually turning some legs for these stools. So just over an hour later I have these... I would have carried on but ran out of beech, I'll have to get more in before...
  15. Aled Dafis

    Proxxon long neck grinder

    I watched George Foweraker demonstrate some texturing and colouring at the Botanical gardens in Carmarthen yesterday, and am now quite tempted to buy a Proxxon Long Neck Angle Grinder to try and replicate his texturing. The best price I've found so far is from Chronos, which includes a carving...
  16. Aled Dafis

    Chainsaw Sharpening - Crosscutting vs Ripping

    Following on from my previous thread on my recent stash of Laburnum, I thought it wise to post a new thread on sharpening chainsaw chains, and of the difference between crosscutting and ripping profiles on the chainsaw teeth. You don't need any special equipment to sharpen your saw other than a...
  17. Aled Dafis

    Laburnum

    Hi, this is my new stash of Laburnum that I picked up from a friend of mine yesterday, it was blown down in the stormy weather just before christmas. The logs range from 6-8" in diameter, and are around 4 foot long. (The logs along the bottom of the pic are sycamore, brought around by my...
  18. Aled Dafis

    Laminated Cofee table - Jason Heap

    Guys, any idea how this table was made? I've admired Jason Heap's work for quite a while, but haven't got it clear in my mind how it's put together. I'm guessing that he laminated 8 "arches" and then joined the corners with some sort of glued in key in the four "junctions". Cheers Aled
  19. Aled Dafis

    Suart Batty woodturning

    I just stumbled across Stuart Batty's website whilst watching a few woodturning videos on youtube http://woodturning.org/ It seems that he's invested a lot of money in his new venture with CNC Machines for producing his new tools and grinder. He's also set up a high tech teaching studio to...
  20. Aled Dafis

    HSS Rod

    Hi there, I'm on the lookout for some HSS rod. I intend to make a new toolrest based on the fabricated one I'm using at the moment, but want a piece of HSS rod to epoxy into the top edge, as my mild steel one takes dings far too easily being much softer than the HSS tools. Here's a quick model...
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