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    Saburr Tooth at Axminster

    Just saw that a 2" Saburr Tooth disc at Axminster is £55!! Other retailers are still selling at £36 - £40 and Axi prices for other Saburr Tooth products are equally out of line. https://www.axminstertools.com/shop-by-interest/carving?manufacturer=7052 Anybody with an inside line on what's going...
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    Timber Floor Loading

    Not a workshop query, but there are those here that will know the answer, I'm sure. I'm putting a gym machine into a fairly solid summerhouse and am wondering about the loading on the floor boards. Weight of machine and user (me) comes to 220kg. It's an elliptical trainer with quite a smooth...
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    Shed Roof Covering

    The felt roof covering on my tool shed needs replacing. It is a near flat roof with a pitch of 5 to 10 degrees. The present covering is roofing felt over some sort of black plastic sheeting onto tongue and groove boarding and seems to have worked well until coming off in bad weather - probably...
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    Arco 30% Off

    A heads up for those who are thinking of buying work clothing or PPE. Arco are discounting all catalogue prices by 30% for Tue, Wed, Thur this week. The discount only applies in their shops, not online, and excludes special offers. Their prices are usually displayed ex-VAT. If the goods are not...
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    Jet 3520B Speed Display Faulty

    The digital display on my 3520B lathe has suddenly started displaying "0" regardless of actual speed or direction of rotation. The speed is sensed by a proximity sensor (proxy) picking up the four lobes of a rotor as it passes the proxy. I have checked the air gap between the proxy and lobes...
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    Easter Opening Hours?

    Had a bit of a chuckle about this notice on Turners Retreat Website.
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    Forstner Bits

    In case anyone is looking for good quality Forstner bits, Famag are doing a good deal until 31st December. Seven bits, 15 - 50mm for €152.45. I suspect this is German dealers only, but for typically €10 delivery from Germany, it's still very cheap compared to UK prices. Trouble is, I prefer...
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    Drill Bit Review

    I just love this drill bit review I came across on Screwfix :roll: " This bit is 60mm short, so perfect for pilot hole for 5mm screws. Its produces a good round hole in wood to a diameter of 3mm. You will need an electric (or manual) drill though to achieve this (not included). Clamp the...
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    Woodart Superb Customer Service

    I bought an LED Handy Light from Woodart at the 2014 Harrogate Show, but used it very little as the cable was too stiff for the securing magnet and kept pulling the light off of whatever it was being used on. When I went to this year's show, I forgot to take the light with me but mentioned the...
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    Rutlands - Sneaky

    We all know that Rutlands (and others) manipulate prices up and down to make their "offers" look particularly good but it's even sneakier than I had realised. Yesterday, I was looking at some lathe chucks on their website and found the XT650 Precision Scroll Chuck Complete Kit at £119.95...
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    Calling All Powermatic/Jet 3520 Owners

    In countless (mostly USA) YouTube videos, the 3520 is used for demonstrating methods and techniques, but I don't think I've ever seen it shown with it's "bombguard" being used. In fact, the only videos that I've seen with it even fitted are promotional where the lathe is not actually turned on...
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    Well Done Robert Sorby

    Amidst the regular stories of bad support from manufacturers and suppliers there are sometimes good reports - and this is one such. A pinion tooth in my just over one year old Patriot chuck broke off; don't know why, I'm not usually THAT heavy handed and my other, older, Patriot has given no...
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    Polishing Microcrystalline Wax

    For something so simple as waxing and polishing, this may sound like a daft question but I'll ask anyway! I use Chestnut microcrystalline wax as a topcoat on most of my turning projects, using a polishing brush after letting the wax dry for 10 to 15 minutes. The wax is usually applied over oil...
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    Nexus 3 Jaws

    Has anybody seen or bought Charnwood Nexus 3 jaws to fit a Patriot chuck? See http://www.charnwood.net/shop/category/ ... chuck-jaws Probably not the same quality as genuine Sorby or Supernova, but much cheaper, and I'm afraid my mercenary instincts are wrestling with my preference to Buy...
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    Workshop Air Cleaners

    Anyone know why this wouldn't be suitable as a workshop air cleaner: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006ZKXIXK/r ... aba2c9cbda If dust loading is a problem it would be a simple matter to add a single layer of filter material to act as a pre-filter. Other models are available, perhaps suitable for...
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    How Can I Stabilise Wet/Rotten Ash?

    I've got some spalted ash, courtesy of Higon (many thanks), which looks as if it could produce a very nice bowl or platter - but it is pretty rotten, and the flying lumps have already reduced it in size from about 300mm dia x 125mm to around 200mm dia x 50mm. I have not hollowed it out yet; it...
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    Tuff Saws

    Excellent service yet again from Ian at Tuff Saws. One blade rewelded foc after it parted at the weld and a new blade supplied to (more than) compensate for my postage costs. He was also kind enough to examine a dulled bandsaw blade that I sent to him, and sent me a YouTube link explaining...
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    Silicone Sealant

    There is a bewildering variety of silicone sealants available, all of them apparently wonderful - so what should I use to seal a shower tray? Obviously I need an anti-mould sanitary sealant, but is there any real difference in performance between the £2 basic ranges such as Screwfix No Nonsense...
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    Happy Bunny - thanks to Chris Tribe

    Last Monday I picked up a perfectly serviceable free-of-charge workbench from Chris Tribe, no longer needed by him after his workshop re-organisation. He could easily have sold it locally or skipped it but chose instead to offer it foc through the forum, a very kind gesture. I have passed it on...
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    Richard Arnold Charity Open Day

    Many thanks to Richeard for an excellent "bash". There was a great selection of tools to gawp at or to buy, even if not partcularly into old tools like me. As very much a starter, it was nice to meet some of the more well known names from the forum and see some of the wonderful work they turn...
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