Monday, April 24, 2017

The Return To Blogger April 2017

Its almost 12 months since leaving this blog and creating a new one on Wordpress. Sadly it seems the limits of content have been reached some 3,000meg? Photo & video heavy posts have to be the problem.

So we are considering return

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Last turning then Out of Here

Its been ages since posting and there has been good reason. We have moved which meant six weeks or more of packing etc. However I had time for one last turning job.

Maree & John had kept me some of their Silky Oak tree cut down a few years ago, I contacted John to go pick the log up one day. He got back to me with some photos of a poor state of a log, it had been ravaged by weather and by white ants.

I did find some Silky oak I had on the shelf and set about turning two small bowls.

There were lots of rushed jobs done prior moving as well. We recovered our dinning chairs, I made trolleys for the large creates and tool boxes which were to make moving easier for the movers and us in the future.

So with all things new we decided to create/move our blog to a new host also Wool'n'Wood .

Thanks to all who have followed us on here.

Ray & Sue

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Serenaded Morning and Evening


Over the last two months since flowers have bloomed in our yard we have been serenaded every morning and evening when they come to feed. A neighbour two doors up has a bird Avery and has been putting feed trays out.
Not bad for suburbia.

Sue has taken the photos and video.



Tuesday, February 23, 2016


I started making theses matched pair of V-Blocks in 2014 I had to ask Ken a friend who has a mini mill and tilting vice to finish them off for me. He did a great job for what I shall use them for. We did a DIG test and found a .004 discrepancy along a round bar, the bar may not be true so I will do it again on a known true bar or flat/square.

I used the 6x4 bandsaw to rough cut the V's, I machined the side slots on the Myford ML7 using my vertical slide mill. It just doesn't have enough travel for me to have done the final cuts. Yes i could have cut it in half and done it that way but the idea was to stretch my machine to its limit.

Marking out I use a Perm Marker and scribe.

 The end was drilled centre of the two V's full length for form a relief area for the cutters and for square stock. I also drilled a pilot hole in each block this was to facilitate a 5/16W Cap bolt to secure them to T nuts but I decided not go ahead with that. 

Below the set up using the vertical mill for the hold down slots to be cut.

Ken's work was having a clear out and he dropped this beaut universal vice around sadly its to big for the Myford and would get little use on the pedestal drill. Ken has it and used it to finish off the V-Blocks.

The vertical cuts being done on the 4x6 bandsaw removing the waste.

 First one done I left enough to be machined hence the cut not being online.

 The finished V-Blocks below many thanks Ken first use not far away.
Blocks have been stamped to show matching ends.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Oberon Steam & Sturt Wood School Open Weekend February 2016

 Once again we visited Oberon Steam Fest its been a few years since we had our last drive out there. We normally have a far more important event our grandsons birthday but it was celebrated during the week.

Below a FlexClipper as it leaves the grounds.


 A very nice Chinese miniature Cabinet.

Got to catch up with an old friend work mate from yeas back meeting Dave and his wife Marrisa and their four children. Got time to drool over his shed and what was in it.
 I spotted this up in the rafters its for cutting Ice Blocks or for  cutting bails.

Dave during the day rang to say he had some logs for me although not Walnut as first described this beautiful Cherry will be much appreciated and used for something special. The Cherry tree had come down at Jenolan Caves it used to be at the south end of the main building. In my days when taking coach tours of school children there in season i would pinch Cherries off the tree. 

My only purchase a neat little pop rivert consatina unit.

On Sunday although Saturday was a long day we decided we were fit enough to head down to Mittagong and Sturt Wood School for the second day of its Open weekend. One display was this magnificent Tool cabinet made by Pheobe (the lady in blue), full of Colon Clenton hand made tools.

These fellows as well as myself all in awe of the whole unit, unfortunate I did not take a photo of the Sassafras book matched doors.