Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oakey Vintage Machine Show

Oakey Vintage Machine Show

Trip up to Oakey for the Vintage Machine show a scorcher of a day well worth the trip great to see so many displays with the variety including the Pavilion which housed some fine vintage displays of sewing machines, wedding dress and other garments thee had Sue’s attention when we heard it announced on the PA while having breakfast.
img_2194 img_2198 img_2203 img_2204 img_2205 img_2206 img_2207 img_2208 img_2209
Below are stills taken from the video showing what can go wrong during a pour this was molten Alloy, no one hurt during this process it highlights the precautions required as well as why many wear safety equipment such as full clothing and leather aprons, spats and boots. 1200C ho molten metal is unforgiving. Video located below.
clipboard01 clipboard02 clipboard03 clipboard05 clipboard06 clipboard07

The Gear Hobbing machine

img_2178  img_2193img_2148 img_2139 img_2145 img_2148 img_2120 img_2122 img_2123 img_2130 img_2161 img_2150 img_2152 img_2179 img_2190 img_2189 img_2211 img_2212

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Out Door Setting Plus!

Out Door Setting Plus!

It started as a simple discussion about having family and friends visit and using the blown plastic fold up table with only two chairs other than the dinning chairs from indoors. The two chairs outside sorry make that three are/were a canvas fold up Max sleeps on. My Shower chair and my wheelchair.
We required more seats for starters! As it happened Masters announced its closing sale start we picked up six new chairs.
We both liked our son Peter and Jaclyn’s setting Merbau with two benches, we had taken notice of the ones at both Masters and Bunnings but like none we saw size wise or shape.
Discounted Merbau come into play a size chosen 2m long x 900mm wide 750mm high. Plus a bench being IF we ever have ALL the family here thats 12 in all.
The plan was drawn up well in my head not on paper or pc.
The job began with four or five trips to get the boards to much weight and not enough room in the Subaru and Sue doesn’t drive with a trailer attached.
The decking planks cut to length on the SCMS (sliding compound mitre saw), 45^ cuts for butting a corners for rails. Legs for the table mitred on the bandsaw
Material for legs for the bench cut……… to make a router table top to cut the mortice for the legs. OH damn need to machine some of the parts………….grrrrr Myford lay shaft ceased, yet the pulley was partly free. Thanks goes to new acquaintance Toby who came to the rescue when the lay shaft had to be pressed through the last hanger. I had to linish on the wood lathe the shaft to remove burs caused by grub screws and the flared ends had been hammered hence why it would not come out easy as it should.
Like some things time projection of a job finished date just blows out. However the Myford is now running sweet and I have a router table top for vastly other projects (might need to make a better stand though).
The boards are 90mm wide x 19mm thick lengths varied, I sliced one in half and formed the four bench legs, glued and screwed. Using the router top mortice them to suit the plan 25mm deep one section 90mm long the other 45mm long. This was to accommodate the post and rails of the bench.
This has taken some two months maybe more but at last the bench has been bench tested I have since fitted a support rail between the legs and possibly will fit a third middle leg.
The table frame did get a dry assembly to check cuts etc during this time.
Below left table legs and rails
Below bench legs glued up
Bench leg frame glue up.
Dry fit of table main frame setting out of bench stringers and legs.
Counter bored, counter sunk holes using Stainless 10# self tappers.
On the ground at last and testing the bench. It has been oiled while in pieces with still a last sand and coat to be done. I have ends to trim as yet.
Edited to Add 4th November.
Thought it best to add the finished photo of the bench in situ, a middle leg and spreader rung added for support.
p1100147 p1100148
The Myford lay shaft fix, its simple once you’ve done it! However the main shaft also had to come off as the belts were sadly damp with WD40 from lubing the shaft to try remove it. Thank goodness as it proved the belts were wrong to start with. It gave me an inspection of the main bearings and was able to clean up the bull gear etc. All back together and used to make the parts for the router table.
The router table
19mm ply recess routed to allow router to sit into it to give greater height adjustment of bit. I had an old SCMS fence and made two alloy bushes to sit in these tapped to take hold down screws. Turned up two nylon T-nuts also.
p1090941 p1090942 p1090943 p1090945 p1090953 p1090953b p1090964 p1090965 p1090967

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cooking Up A Storm

Cooking Up A Storm

Sue loves to cook trying new things and old Now having the kitchen bench space to work with its going to be a delight sadly I must watch my weight!!! However if you are here you may try.
John aka DoubleBoost has been doing a cooking segment on his tube channel and Sue decided to give one a try with her own twist on it. Puff pastry filled with Cheese, Ham/Bacon and Pineapple. The healthier ones Spinach and Ricotta.
p1090547 p1090548 p1090549 p1090550 p1090553 p1090555 p1090558 p1090559
The stock of home made pickles is getting low and mate Peter Whitehorn has already run out he’s desperate for some. Sue had been stock piling cut up vegies ready for when she got some jars. Six nice size jars all done.
In going to the Historical Open Day there was a stall with the Welsh chapter present and they had taste testing of Barra Birth (no nothing to do with fish) Its a Welsh Fruit Loaf. Also they had Welsh cakes
The latest is a few small jars of Lemon and Apple curd.
Oh almost forgot my Aunty Barb posted on Facebook a surprising recipe for what is a basic pancake stack with Chocolate spread between each layer then baked. Sue knowing I don’t like Chocolate spread did it with Lilli Pilli jam. Goes well with ice cream to.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Market To Market

Market To Market

What ever happened to all those old nursery rhymes? Do you still recall the one in the title? Are you passing these onto your grandchildren?
With moving we cleared out much and since our arrival we have been to a few markets in search of ……..well the markets its atmosphere, its produce, its crafts.
Markets can give an insight into the region or area or town/city the lifestyles, people and customs.
We have been to four or five now two regular ones a couple of times, these are early openers and closing 6am till 11.30 am. If you late you can miss out on all sorts you’ll never know about them cause they are gone.
We both enjoy this together often looking at the same things sometime in different directions, I’m not into materials, knitting or sewing, Su not into tools, tools and more tools ha ha ha.
This lot picked up off a table at the Historical Society Open Day.
Cones of Cotton, Bread tins, brass candle sticks which now adorn the hall stand. Two large coffee mugs bought at my instance. A dainty cu and saucer for when Sue entertains she has a few similar. The box is empty but soon will house some precision equipment.
p1100053 p1100058
At one of the markets I picked up an eclectic set of wood chisels inside was a stone and all housed in a beautiful leather roll. A 28″ 8tpi Diston saw slight crack in the handle. Two sheets of copper plate 14# & 10#
p1090926 p1090927 p1090930 p1090928 p1090929 p1090929b p1090931
Very nice mincer for Sue although I have been warned much more tool buying and I could end up minced meat ha ha. The cutters had light surface rust so a quick clean up done.
p1090935 p1090934

I can’t help it I am a self professed tool addict. Another Diston saw 26″ 6tpi
Brass and Mahogany square, Brass face double centre spirit level, Stanley Handyman ratchet screw driver this one replaces one of my dad’s which went missing so long ago.
p1100075 p1100076
I spent the remainder of the day cleaning these up. The saw has since been stripped down and full de-rusted on the blade, handle sanded back and re-coated with brush on Poly.
p1100096 p1100098 p1100102 p1100103 p1100104b p1100106 p1100107 p1100110 p1100110b
A friend who moved up from Sydney scored these 1/2″ shaft router bits for me, Thanks Rod.
$40 the the lot including the tool box!!
Ok so is plastic $10 to $20 for a new one. Yes drill bits are worse for wear all large bits about #10 to $20 new a de-rust sharpen and good as new again. No2 Morse taper dead centre $20 to $30. two No@ morse taper drill chucks $60+ each new for cheap ones. Morse taper and drifts ?? Two tommy bars for a chuck?? A home made morse taper attachment? Bit of aluminium. Plates of steel. Cheap pop rivert gun.
Vintage Sidchrome crack bar worthy find in the box.
Then I spotted the plastic bag of gears ): would they fit the Myford  nope but they can be converted these fit a Chinese import lathe (I checked with two mates who have such) these have a 14mm bore and 5mm key way, hey will get used. $60 worth easy.
p1100087 p1100088 p1100089 p1100090 p1100091 p1100092
For Sue this delightful Japanese?Chinese? Calligraphy set.
img_1485   img_1493
img_1494 img_1496
A visit to an Antique Fair could have brought me to a divorce when I spotted this table below.
20160820_123322 20160820_123327
On another table was this complete Junior carpentry set of which I had one when a young lad a Christmas or birthday present. It was/is a collectors item $160+ I walked sorry rolled away empty handed.
I did however come home with this small selection a No Turner plane, two Brass back saws a Easy Lap Diamond Plate, and some Whitworth Dies.
img_1761 img_1762
Also for Sue a Rover with Briggs & Stratton self propelled 2nd hand lawn mower well you don’t think after 35 yrs she will allow me to mow the lawn do you? I’ll get a better photo of the whole unit.
p1090912 p1090913 p1090921