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    Fitting a soft start module to Dewalt DW745 table saw

    The simplest option is to make an extension cable with the module in the back box of a 13a socket outlet. I use it with my table saw (need to hold in the NVR switch for a second or 2) and router. It makes a huge difference to the starting noise and jerk.
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    Auction of machinery and timber.

    Interesting and varied list of timber and machinery to be auctioned at Brackley at the end of January. John Pye Auctions: Auctions Viewing is available.
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    silly person question of the day....

    Many thanks to everyone who took the time to reply. A lot of helpful suggestions to try - I have ordered a woollen inner glove to start. Strangely my feet are never affected even without extra protection. Sandyn, I have also noticed a hot meal helps considerably.
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    silly person question of the day....

    My difficulty in the workshop (unheated garage) is cold fingers when the temperature drops. I cannot find any thermal gloves which allow me to work satisfactorily (too bulky) -- would like to be able to pick up screws and use battery drill etc. Any suggestions? Reading previous posts has anyone...
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    How to open a locked and broken upvc door?

    I had the same problem and ground/hacksawed thro the hinges. Door then came out from the hinge side.
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    Antique chest of drawers alteration.

    Thanks to Myfordman and mrpercysnodgrass for the useful advice. I only intend to change the top 2 drawers into a chest. The idea is to maximise the storage with a small footprint -- looking at chests 1200mm wide x 1200mm high. Getting the smooth running drawers my daughter is used to will be...
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    Antique chest of drawers alteration.

    I would be grateful for advice from anyone familiar with antique methods of furniture construction. My daughter has asked me to convert an early 20th cent mahogany 4 drawer chest into a blanket box. ie make the fixed top into an hinged lid. How is the top attached and what chance have I got of...
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    Drilling accurate holes.

    Well spotted Nick -- it is a Nixie clock .Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and advise. I will get a forstner bit and do some practise holes but as mentioned only get one shot at the real thing. My friend who is a wizard with electronics cannot understand why it is difficult to "drill a...
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    Drilling accurate holes.

    In reply to the questions ---I have acess to an accurate drill press --- the wood is 12mm thick. I don't know what wood type it is. It is for a friend who wants to repurpose a prefinished (varnished?) box. Breakout on the underside does not matter.
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    Drilling accurate holes.

    Hello, --- I would be grateful for advice on a project. I need to drill a line of four 19mm diam holes in timber ( inline with the grain). Two of the holes will be 2mm apart. What is best way to drill/make the holes to avoid any breakout between them. Thanks.
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    anyone recognise this little, old surface planer?

    The blue planer is a Dodd machine tools. I have the identical planer less the cabinet. Approx 35 years old.
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    Parkside Vacuum PWD 12 A1 - Hose

    I am fairly sure plastic mini downpipe is 50mm diameter. Normally used on garages and easily available at B & Q etc.
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    New(ish) sash windows - maintenance / refurb / repair.

    Very unusual to have no clearance around glazing fitted to a wood window. Sides and top have a small gap (2mm) but bottom can be bedded on frame. I am very surprised the DG units have not failed with the rot. Cannot see how it is possible to get a satisfactory repair without removing the...
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    Sad story of my uneven bench top

    Smalmaleki--how far out is it? On a 600mm wide bench a .1 deg error is 1.04mm. If error is +/- then 2mm error possible. You say having zeroed the scale you adjusted the angle---to zero presumably? If it out by a large amount could a rail have moved? Edited to correct typo.
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    Wet and dry grinding wheels.

    Thanks for your reply Sean. The block is out of stock at the moment but I have set an alert for it becoming available. Should have tried a decent quality one first!
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    Wet and dry grinding wheels.

    I would appreciate advice on the use of bench grinders and wet wheels to sharpen chisels and plane irons. Up till now I have been happy using a white (aluminium oxide?) wheel on an ordinary bench grinder and then a Scheppach wet grinding wheel. This has produced a sharpness which is OK for me...
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    Kity Bestcombi 2000

    Peter---don't know if you have found this earlier post. Looks like it may contain the wiring diagram for your machine- Kity Bestcombi 2000 tripping MCB | UKworkshop.co.uk
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    Kity Bestcombi 2000

    Hi Peter, I am not familiar with this machine but a few things come to mind. What is the function of the small switch -- did it stay (latch) in the "1" position when machine was OK? As it works bypassing the on/off switch I would check if all safety switches are OK, cover not on correctly...
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    Wooden Archway in a wall

    emicicy - Not sure what you want to do --- are the boards to be on the face of the wall or to be attached to cover the breeze blocks where you cut the arch? ie are the mitres across the 4" size of the board or the 1". It should be possible to screw metal brackets to the rear of the boards...
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    Price of Record 405 multiplane in 1967.

    Many, many thanks to everyone who took the time to reply in such detail. I will pass the info on to my friend to help him decide what to do with his plane. Unfortunately I could not make any use of it but it would be such a shame if it is put away again for another 50 years.