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recycling time this evening, having just had a shift around in the office at work, it was a case of short drawers in long slots, leaving a gap between the desks about 400mm square, now what to do here, its a dead paper trap, difficult to get anything out if it drops in. unfortunately the desks either side are different heights, about 6mm difference.

so some cover plates have been made, to fill the holes, an old ply wardrobe back has been recycled, and strips glued to it (to stop the wood sliding into the hole) by tomorrow the glue should be dry and I will give it a quick coat of wax polish, then it will be ready for the office.

on a side note the pillar drill stand is complete, just need to bolt the drill to it now.

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This mornings boot fair found a whole lot of accessories for the workshop, from large drill bits for the pillar drill, to a second table vice similar to one I already have, and on one stall what must have been a machinists tool box, all sorts of small metal marking out tools and what appear to be small profile shaping tools- maybe for shaping brass in a lathe. £20 total spend, a tool expert who I know and met as I was buying them told me the eclipse hacksaw blades I got were worth £2 each, and I got those and all the marking tools for just £3

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rust cleaned off and all items protected with some car wax polish. I have cut down my old galvanised steel bench top, and fitted it to part of my work bench, I now have a decent top to do  really messy jobs on. next I really have to crack on with model #2.

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3 hours ago, grendel said:

rust cleaned off and all items protected with some car wax polish. I have cut down my old galvanised steel bench top, and fitted it to part of my work bench, I now have a decent top to do  really messy jobs on. next I really have to crack on with model #2.

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I really do like your drill holsters.

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got to get it all working smoothly first, mind you, I dont think this has ever been other than rust coloured since I got it.

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this morning after shopping the vice jaw plate was trimmed down, the whole thing given a coat of wax polish (to preserve the patina) and reassembled.

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I have to make a new aluminium jaw protector as I seem to have lost one, but its looking good  - now where to put it - I need more workbench.

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another workshop project, convert my lathe to 24V, the current 90W motor is intermittent rated - that means 20 minutes cooling for every 10 minutes use. a while back I found the remains of an electric scooter with a 200w motor.

the big problem, its a 24v motor, now I could run it off 2 car batteries, or I could buy a 24v power supply - this was purchased, a 15A (360W) power supply for just £18.

Add the three parts together, and my lathe is now powered by a 200W continuous rated motor at 24v

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I used the motor itself as a lathe and a file to put the pulley groove onto the belt drive pulley.

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on my lathe pulley belting has been obtained, still awaiting a 15A speed controller, so motor has been removed.

meanwhile prompted by the chairman of my astronomy club, who announced that I would undoubtedly be bringing along a wacky entry for our club christmas buffet and competition, I have been preparing my entry for next month.

Yes its a 3d printed set of planets, set on stalks, painted and mounted on a board,  the spacing is on a logarithmic scale for the distance from the sun, where the spacing works out quite well.

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day off work today, so workshop time, after a trip to the local tool shop to get some welding wire, some new nozzles and some air compressor oil, it was time to do some work, maintenance was done on the mig welder, it now feeds properly. then it was on to making a tool rest for the wood turning lathe I picked up at the boot fair at the weekend. after that it was an oil change for the compressor, I took the drain plug out and for some reason it wasnt draining well, so a quick blast of compressed air cleared the crud blockage and allowed it to drain properly, topped up again with new oil, and it was ready to go.

another project completed today was a cover to put over the air con controls at work, everyone tweaks it as they walk past, so it goes from cold to hot, to cold, all day, so I have made a barred cover to hide the controls, with a false lock and hinges, more as a bit of a joke really, today it was painted white to make it less obvious.

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Grendel you wll need to grind off the thread on the bottom where the clamp goes, as it will deform the thread and make it impossible to remove

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Another little project for this evening, with chisels lying around over the bench it was time to tidy them up, holes were drilled and a rack made, for now its clamped to one of my shelves.

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1 minute ago, FairTmiddlin said:

Grendel you wll need to grind off the thread on the bottom where the clamp goes, as it will deform the thread and make it impossible to remove

its quite a loose fit, and I might want to angle it, so I will see how it goes, thanks for the warning though, I will keep my eyes on it.

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Peter,

 

If you need to bigger projects you can come and use my lathe anytime!!!!!!!

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the joke in the office worked wonderfully, the aircon box on the wall received a 'locked' cover this morning which had a cluster of people round it this morning, wondering how it was fitted.

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I wonder if a 'craft exhibition' might be a good idea at the Spring Gathering? Forum's got Talent! I 

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today, whilst also getting a few other jobs done - it was flying chips time,  testing out the wood lathe I got the other weekend. some scrap timber resulted in a couple of test pieces.

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well the speed controllers for my lathe arrived, tested, then a 3d box was designed and printed, the speed controller and on off switch added. this was fixed to the lathe baseboard (then moved after I figured the handle for manual threading would not clear it).

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over at my parents today, my dad said they were thinking of putting coat hooks in their new conservatory, inspired, I now know what to make them for christmas. 2 hooks turned.

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