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    Thinking of new Disc Sander

    Or if you have a lathe make up a sanding disc and table to go on the lathe and save on space and money. I use mine all the time (needed to do this as I am short of space in the shop)
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    Anyone lifted a full size snooker table 1-1/2"

    I would echo the caution in this post. If you want to continue to use it as a snooker table then you need to treat it as a piece of precision machinery. Personally, I would get some expert advice.
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    Post a photo of the last thing you made

    Very nice work. I've used 01 to date because I can harden in my little Devil Forge and temper in the kitchen oven - works fine but over time the tarnish detracts from the look. Stainless Steel treatment looks way beyond me in terms of heat treatment - is the XHP you reference any easier ?
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    Help - table saw rise and fall isn't working

    If there is a a threaded rod (called a worm drive/gear ?) you might find the thread has worn so the raising element keeps slipping ? This happened to my fathers table saw. I think grease and sawdust can be quite abrasive over time.
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    Sharpening upgrade

    With the sharpening jigs on my Tormek I'm back on the lathe in seconds as well - I can't sharpen freehand for toffee ! Jigs all the way ...
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    Heating a garage workshop

    Bit more expense but I have a similar garage and three things made an unbelievable difference; 1. Swap the up and over door for a pair of side opening doors 2. Fit a substantial high quality door cill to stop the draughts round the bottom 3. Insulate the back of the doors with celotex or similar...
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    Black stains after stripping oak table - any suggestions?

    I stripped a similar table. When I removed the legs the original mounting holes from the lathe were still there, so I was able to put them straight back on the lathe and re-sand whilst maintaining the original shape. Quite a quick process too.
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    Putting your binoculars on a tripod for everyday use (wildlife watching for example) makes an enormous difference - it feels like you have upgraded to a whole new pair.
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    What is your most useful tool

    Combination Square - many marking and laying out functions in one tool
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    Furniture restoration

    Thomas Johnson Furniture Restoration on You Tube did some work on a long case clock a while back. He uses proper methods in his work so happy to recommend a viewing.
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    Getting started with segmented woodturning

    I attached some thick wood to a faceplate (my wood is 30mm - just two pieces of chipboard from some cheap furniture glued together), turned a 300mm diameter disk, then attached a self-adhesive abrasive disc. I've done loads of segmented with it. I also made a sanding table which can be attached...
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    Garage in winter

    Keis do heated motorcycle garments, including gilets and sleeved fleeces. They are well reviewed and can be used with a battery pack. Not cheap but a game changer, my wife loves hers and I borrow it when I can. On the building front try and get some insulation up on the walls and doors...
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    Chuck removal

    My Dad fit a washer for this reason and it introduced a noticeable wobble, so check it's still running true after fitting.
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    50 window frames to sand .. in situ.

    The Bahco scaper is brilliant, lots of uses and a massive time saver.
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    Hardwood for Window ledge

    Try JAS Timber in Blackburn. They usually do Sapele for windowsills etc.
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    Making a homemade forge, does anyone have any reccomendations for a suitable blowtorch?

    Agreed but if you see a caravan on someone's drive which doesn't look like it has moved, they might be happy to sell you the bottle. Sourcing gas will be easier if you don't need to buy a bottle ?
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    Where have these been all my life - reverse action tweezers !

    Sometimes it's the inexpensive tools which change things. Needed to hold some fiddly little nails still and these tweezers were brilliant. If your hands aren't as steady as they where, then applying pressure to things makes it worse. You press these to open up and then release the pressure to...
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    Making a homemade forge, does anyone have any reccomendations for a suitable blowtorch?

    It's It's all these staycationers using their caravans !! Do you know any caravanners with no trips planned in the short term ?
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    Making a homemade forge, does anyone have any reccomendations for a suitable blowtorch?

    A pleasure. Let me know how you get on with it.