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  1. Jamesc

    2022 Secret Santa

    Hi Phil, I am definately in again this year. Thanks again for organising it all. JAmes
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    Hi from Salisbury

    Welcome to the forum, I am just down the road from you in Southampton
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    Plunge saw - battery or corded?

    It depends on the work you are going to put it to. I have a Makita corded saw which has given sterling service. However I did a large flat roof project for my son and would have dearly loved a cordless saw. When I am cutting up sheets for cabinets as others have said I use extraction and the...
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    Non-ferrous metal turning

    Hi Democrotus, I can see where you are coming from and particularly with brass the swarf goes everywhere (face shield essential) but the non-ferous metals that are proposed are unlikely to get into the bearings or workings of the lathe (which compared to an engineering lathe is very simple)...
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    Non-ferrous metal turning

    A a metal worker I think this looks to be a good solution. The XY table looks to be well made in the pictures and the quick change tool holder, whilst not absoultly necessary is a fair price and should make setting up the cutter straightforward. My one recomendation would be to use a piece of...
  6. Jamesc

    Name that wood.......

    My vote is for Elm. My parents have a 400 year old farm house and the first floor has Elm floor boards, they are exactly that colour (or darker) and marking.
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    Skateboard Ramp - Bending plywood

    I made one with my son many moons back. If I recal we use 2 layers of 4mm ply glued and screwed together. I honestly can't remember if it was to get the radius or it was all we could get. What I do recal id avoid flxy ply. We tried it first ant the first time he used it he went straight...
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    Wadkin RU lathe restoration

    The reason I saw the lathes is a sadly similar story. Eastleigh had bee a train repair depot but it was closed due to poor access - wait for it.... They couldn't bring the trains and carriages in on a lorry. They were however built on the main rail line from Southampton to London! I attended...
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    Wadkin RU lathe restoration

    Interesting Lathe, The Loco wheel lathes I have seen in out local works (Eastleigh) were horizontal and burried in the floor. The face plate was about the same size as that one though.
  10. Jamesc

    8.A New toy

    I have had a 3D printer for a few years now and wouldn't be without it. It has become an invaluable tool in my arsenal. Is it the be all and end all no, but then a hand plane is pretty useless if you want to drill a hole. As a weekend metal/wood worker one advantage for me is I can design...
  11. Jamesc

    Hello everyone

    Hello and welcom
  12. Jamesc

    Hello from Southampton

    Hello and welcome
  13. Jamesc

    Covid vaccine, if you haven't had it ...

    So very sorry for your loss Phil
  14. Jamesc

    Old tools from eBay or brand new tools to start

    My advice would be to first decide on a project, and get some decent timber. I know it seems counter intuative, you don't want to learn on somthing expensive but if all you ever use is cheep fast grown DIY store softwood, you will find getting a good result much harder. Spend the time to learn...
  15. Jamesc

    Secondhand Tools in Oxford area ?

    Not tools, but this place is worth a visit Obviously they have the usueal ply sheets and scaffold boards but when I have visited they havea surprising selction of hardwoods.
  16. Jamesc

    Tool/machine identification

    Brilliant, thak you. By the difference in corrosion I would definately say you are right about the bottom roller. Now to find a cobler who wants one.
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    Tool/machine identification

    My parents inherited this when they bought their house 40 years ago. Does anyone have any idea what it is? We would like it to be used, wanted, restored - anything really. It seems a shame for it to slowly rot away. Does anyone want it? The rollers are geared to turn together so preumably...
  18. Jamesc

    Shed roof

    We have a wood recycling centre near us, most of their wood comes from building sites so they have a lot of plywood, maybe with the odd corner knocked out a a few nail holes. They are well priced and for a small fee will deliver
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    Pen kit advice please

    As Lons has said, beware of poor quality kits, the amount of time and effort you put in is the same whatever the kit but if the inards are poor the pen always will be too. I have had a lot if success with Taylors or Mirfield, particularly their Zeta kit which I think is ver reasonably priced...
  20. Jamesc

    Forming Copper over MDF

    Nice job Nigel, they do look good. The only thing I would do is align or 'clock' the screw slots. It is a pet niggle of mine James