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    Dust mask - spectacle wearers advice please

    There are over spectacles which provide additional protection to ordinary glasses but which fall short of a full face visor. As someone who wears glasses, I dislike the feeling of something pressing against the sides of my glasses e.g. so I’m happy to pass on over spectacles and since things can...
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    Amazon Firestick with older TV

    In the Black Friday event I bought the 4K Firestick. Both types of Firestick had £20 off the usual price. I’m very impressed with the service. For Apple TV+ I can watch in normal HD both trailers and episodes of the new programs. With my 2nd generation Apple TV the new episodes wouldn’t play -...
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    BS400 measurement

    Based on having a Sabre 350 and knowing the shape e.g. both machines have an almost square cast iron table but there is the addition of the column the width is greater than the depth. Width being defined as across the diameter of either of the two wheels. Depth being in the direction of the saw...
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    Roughing gouge for bowls

    Spindle roughing gouge can be used with tool pointing left when moving the tool to the left and right going right. It can also cut when rotated at anywhere between the two extremes. So having a constant (traditional) shape grind allows the cutting point to be varied just by rotating the handle...
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    Biscuit Choices

    +1 for Makita. The motor has a soft start and there is no vibration - just a perfect clean cut. It’s also quiet for a universal motor. I’m using it to cut a double slot which has never been an issue. Used #10 and #20 only. I follow the advice to avoid using the height feature e.g. I use only a...
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    Record Ac400 Air Filter

    I also have the AC400 - I have considered training my TV Remote control to operate the AC400 - so that when the TV breaks I have a spare remote to use with the AC400. I noticed that the buttons on the front only control the speed. So without the remote control it wouldn't be possible to set the...
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    Chuck Kits

    When you do "upgrade" then let us know. I would avoid a 3" chuck and the Record one is much better. Best would be a Record SC4 chuck because it has an enclosed scroll and it's future proof compared to SC3 (£100 vs 130): The Record SC4 is sold with an insert e.g. you could add a 3/4” 16tpi...
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    Suggestion on Types of Joints??

    Another way to think about it is as two "open" boxes - one slides inside the other box. The first is the back and sides (inside spacer) - with a back rebated slightly to allow the boxes to be screwed together and the second is the glass and sides (outside) and completely encloses the first box...
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    Suggestion on Types of Joints??

    The description of what you want appears to be very similar to an ordinary picture frame - so you can model the solution on something similar? Look at a picture frame in a shop and see how it's put together. The glass is held in by a frame that has space for the picture, a back and some method...
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    SOLD: Axminster woodturning lathe

    Axminster Hobby ASVWL1000 (AC370WL) 750W 1ph 230V induction motor Cast iron bed, headstock, tailstock and tool rest holder Variomatic speed control 500-2,000rpm, 10 steps Swivelling headstock indexed at 45° and 90° Swing 370mm (14") Distance between centres 1,100mm (43") Headstock can slide...
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    Amazon Firestick with older TV

    Thanks - was it a Firestick 4K or (probably) the Firestick? The problem I experience with other devices connected to the TV are to do with HDCP. So 2.2 is required for 4K viewing and a lower version for 1080P. I'm under the impression that all TVs that are sold in the EU are required to have...
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    Amazon Firestick with older TV

    I want to get an Amazon Firestick. My TV is an older Samsung from 2011. The model is D Series e.g. UE40D6500. Will it work with a Firestick? There is no info on Samsung website. It does 1080P but doesn't work well with an Apple TV except for trailers - not protected. From what I read HDCP was...
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    weight of router bit

    My 1/4" Makita has six speeds: 1 = 10,000, 2 = 12,000, 3 = 17,000, 4 = 22,000, 5 = 27,000 and 6 = 30,000. Router bits e.g. Trend have a marked max RPM e.g. a smaller bit might be limited to 28,000 - so setting 5 gives a bit of safety. Perhaps the quoted speed drops a bit but it's wise to play...
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    weight of router bit

    A router bit has a mark that indicates the minimum amount of shank that should always be clamped and also the maximum rated speed not to be exceeded. Both properties are specific to each router bit to ensure safe operation e.g. Trend mark their bits on each shaft, others put them in easily lost...
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    Workbench top thickness. Is 35mm too thin

    Good advice. I modified a “commercial” workbench with half-inch ply across the rear legs, stiffened at the top with the worktop. Midway there is an additional half-inch ply shelf over the two stretchers and the ply back is further braced at the bottom and there is an additional third stretcher...
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    Reversable Lathe?

    +1 for no obvious advantage. Manufacturers can offer a reverse by simply reversing a pair of connections on a 3 phase motor, however using reverse safely requires some thought e.g. remembering to lock the chuck/faceplate to prevent it unscrewing - which is one extra unnecessary operation...
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    Drilling a hole dead straight

    I did what Chas suggested and drilled the hole first and turned the spindle between centres. The hub has an 8mm spindle that is driven by the wheel e.g. power out. The metal spindle passes through a pair bearings - so should (easily) last a lifetime.
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    Drilling a hole dead straight

    I produced a hub using a "spindle" made from 3 glued pieces of cherry. The total length was 12cm and there is an 8mm hole drilled through on the drill press. The sides were cut round on the bandsaw and then mounted between two revolving centres (all I have). I stopped the rotation of the live...
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    Frying pans ..........an odd request ...

    Tesco have one with a wavy pattern across the surface in their Go Cook range. It has a speckled finish on the inside. it's not expensive e.g. 30cm for £15 and has a 20 year guarantee. So far it has not altered in appearance and is simplicity to keep clean. It also works with induction hobs (not...
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    1phase-to-1phase VFD for lathe speed control?

    I have one of the Axminster Trade lathes and it uses a VFD - it works very well however I'm guessing that the 3 phase motor is designed for variable frequency so it works as expected. When adding a VFD to a single phase motor then it's not assured that the motor will cope or that you will be...
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