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Timbo last won the day on August 13

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    History, Archaeology, language, wooden boats, woodwork, fishing, filmmaking. photography in no particular order.

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  1. Wanted: Tardis

    Set dressing G? Moi? Ah Lotus Blossom, I'd been having some fun with my two new nokogiri or Japanese saws. I became a convert last year, as they are so much easier to use one handed, although it took a while to get the 'knack than western style saws. I had been using a Ryouba multi purpose saw by Irwin Marples I'd bought from Screwfix. This saw has two cutting edges, one side is a rip saw and the other side is a cross cut saw. It worked well apart from one problem. The saw blade is detachable from the handle so that the blade can be changed. All well and good except for the button that releases the blade being positioned exactly under my thumb when I grip the handle. The result being I'm left holding the handle flat on my backside and the blade stuck in the lumber making a delightful 'doinnnnggggg' noise. So I upped my game and invested in two kataba saws which have teeth just down one edge. One being a rip saw the other a cross cut saw. The blades for these are also changeable but fit into the handle in a traditional manner clamped between two sprung jaws. Oh boy! Sharp, fast and reasonably accurate for a bloke using his duff hand. As an experiment, and because I couldn't be bothered dragging out the table saw just after I'd cleared the workshop, I made the new shelves etc by hand. I ripped the lumber to width using the kataba leaving myself a 2mm edge that needed cleaning up with the plane. I chose to use the number 5 plane, because I nicked the edge on the blade of the number 4 earlier. I discovered this week that sawing and planing require practice...still I managed to get a flat straight edge on the lumber!
  2. Broad Ambition - The Model

    You can get arrested for that!
  3. Sleep Apnoea

    Argh Roy! Two days too late...I gave my Dad's Devilbis Sleepcube away on Monday! Dad was having problems when we were on the boat and the local hospital with help from the RN Benevolent guys sourced a model to run on an inverter. I know nothing about electrical appliances...but...they put some gizmo inside the machine so that it worked better with the inverter. It wasn't cheap though at £250. Those that knew Uncle Albert will be aware that after spending £250, getting the changes made to the machine, he never put the mask on his face but rather wore it on top of his head like a party hat!
  4. 2017 Beccles Wooden Broads Cruiser Show

    I too will be arriving by car on Saturday afternoon, time dependent upon how far I've got scrubbing and painting bilges and filling and sanding the hull.
  5. Wanted: Tardis

    T'was in the year 2017, August the 2nd, at around 10 of the morning that I began my expedition. It was a Wednesday, which was a pity. Somehow, I think a Tuesday would have been giddier. Still, I said to the Gentleman of the Royal Society of Geographers "I shall undertake this expedition for the betterment of man! Like your fellow Royal Geographer Crocodile Packman of the Broads Authority, I have had a vision!". Whereupon the venerable gentlemen of that august society did say 'Just a minute geezer, have you paid your membership? It's not like the Royal Historical Society you know, we accept anyone, well as long as they cough up the £125 a year membership fees!" For fourteen days I slogged through the jungles of electric cable, slashed my way through forests of crap and grappled with ferocious shelves until this evening I made a discovery. A tantalising glimpse of the fabled Lost Bench Top! Lying on upon the mythical bench top you will observe in this Lithograph the epic planes of Grandfather! In the next magic lantern slide you witness the shelf of Router Bits and Accessories! Although I still have to climb the dreaded Hill of Crap Stuffed on the Table Saw!
  6. The "c" Word

    I notice for £65 it will be a 'local cheese board'. I wonder if Wildfuzz made it...I also wonder if there will be any cheese on it?
  7. Waterstones

    There is a myth in the book selling world that Mills and Boon don't do returns. All publishers have to put up with book sellers ordering your product, then a year down the line they return it to you...asking for a full refund. Hence cheap book outlets selling hard backs etc at knock down prices. You indeed don't see copies of Mills and Boon books in discount book stores...they use them as ballast when building motorways. Next time you are on the M25 or M6 remember you are driving along a vast repository of bodice rippers and sultry doctors!
  8. Waterstones

    Me too Vaughan, me too...I was 7!
  9. Wanted: Tardis

    Over lunch, I was watching Paul Sellers Woodworking Masterclass. Paul Sellers is a woodwork teacher and master craftsman specialising in hand tools. I was researching sharpening and setting up my planes. For fans of Paul Sellers forgive me but 'don't he go on'? For fans of Peter Sellers, look I'm really, really sorry... BUT At 10:49 minutes into this video my head was about to explode when Paul Sellers says... "Don't lay your plane on its side, it's not good practice it often readjusts your plane." So...I'm going to leave 'em where they are...and not watch any more Paul Sellers today, thank you very much!
  10. Wanted: Tardis

    A day of pottering as I was feeling decidedly jaded. With Dylan mooching around me the best course of action was listen to him...it's how he earns his dog biscuits after all. So after a good nap, and Dylan now leaving me alone...I could continue with the sanding station. Back to the drawing board and I beefed things up a bit using 18mm scrap plywood for the sides and 12 mm scrap plywood for the shelves. I also decided to change tooling for cutting the grooves and went with routing the grooves instead of using the table saw. As a 'shop' project, after all, a 0.7mm gap in the grooves would not matter. When it comes to using this technique in a project I will be using timber as opposed to plywood so I can plane the stock to the correct thickness. So, first of all, I Squared off the scrap of 18mm ply I was using for the sides on the table saw. I intentionally left the panel on the 'long' side so I could create a lip to retain the sander on top of the station and to give myself some play in laying out the lines for the grooves. Next, I laid out my cut lines leaving 5cm between each shelf to take a full stack of sanding discs. I clamped the panel to my outside bench and then clamped a section of straight edged timber 38mm away from my cut lines. The 38 mm is the radius of my router plate. I could now run the router down the edge of the timber using it as a guide and get a straight cut. With my grooves cut, it was time to 'dress' the panel and bring it down to its final dimension before cutting it in half on the table saw. I now ripped some six-inch square shelves to fit into the slots from various scrap bits of 12mm (well anything from 10.8 to 12.1 mm) plywood. Time for the glue up. I popped glue into the grooves and onto the shelves and assembled the unit, popping in a couple of brads with the brad gun on either side to hold everything while I got the clamps into place. I had just enough 12mm ply left to make the back of the station, so I cut this to size, glued and brad nailed it into place and added some screws for good measure. I gave it a good sanding rounding over the edges and popped a bit of filler into the glaring gaps in the ply (it was rough stuff used before), then I drilled and countersunk two holes in the top lip so I could fasten the station to the wall of the shed, I mean workshop... So that's another pile of gubbins condensed and up out of the way!
  11. Wanted, Person With Skills!

    If the veneers are warped with age they can be saved by wrapping them in damp newspaper and popping them between two cauls and clamping the whole lot up. The cauls I use are blocks of 3/4 inch plywood wrapped in felt material and then wrapped again in two Tesco carrier bags. I use veneers when I'm making boxes and bought a job lot from a chappie in Ireland. Consequently, I have to flatten my veneers a week before starting work. Veneer glue in the kits is rubbish. I read a load of guff on t'internet about using hide glue but found in the end good old Titebond II PVA to work the best, particularly when working with 'burr' veneers. The glue seepage through the burrs mixes with the sanding dust when you sand and fills the little holes etc with a better colour than any of the preparatory fillers available.
  12. Broad Ambition - The Model

    Poor Griff is taking this keep fit stuff too far, shadow of the man he was!
  13. Broads Authority Posts

    I've had a paragraph running around my head for well over two years now. It goes something like this. We the undersigned have no confidence in the Chief Executive or Chairperson of the Broads Authority to administer the statutory body charged with the management of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads in a manner unduplicitous and equitable to all stakeholders as defined in the 1988 and 2006 Broads Acts. We call upon the Secretary of State to urgently instigate free and fair democratic election to the posts of Chief Executive and Chairperson of the Broads Authority. Something like that, not exactly like that, but close.
  14. Wanted: Tardis

    You hum it son, I'll play it!
  15. Wanted: Tardis

    Well, the first attempt has hit the scrap pile... I used the 12mm plywood for the sides and 6mm plywood for partitions. I cut 6mm grooves into the ply and a 12mm wide rebate top and bottom with the table saw and then cut the ply down the middle to give me two sides. I then cut the partions to size and a top and bottom from 12mm ply. Now the problems started. The grooved sides started to curl and roll up. I glued the whole thing up and put on every clamp I own. Nipped off to pick Ellie up from work and when I returned the whole thing had popped out of the clamps and looked as though it had exploded. Back to the drawing board. I think tomorrow I will make the sides out of 18mm ply and the partitions out of 12mm ply.

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