Author Topic: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop  (Read 103844 times)

Kim

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #525 on: April 27, 2020, 08:31:07 pm »
 :thumbsup:
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #526 on: April 27, 2020, 08:37:42 pm »
That is excellent!
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #527 on: April 27, 2020, 08:37:56 pm »
That is fantastic!  ;D :thumbsup:
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #528 on: April 27, 2020, 10:42:26 pm »
Nice one!
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #529 on: April 28, 2020, 07:43:51 am »
Some quality tool use going on there, impressively square on.  :thumbsup:

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #530 on: April 30, 2020, 01:04:41 pm »
Well done!

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #531 on: May 05, 2020, 10:17:14 pm »
As mentioned on the 'Fettling thread', I emptied and dismantled my garden tool shed yesterday, and stained the sides and back (ran out before I finished the front), and cut some fence posts for a frame for a new floor.

Today, I varnished the shed sides and back...



Relayed the slabs and screwed the base frame together



Cut the floor planks (Was the damaged roof of my daughter's shed) on the compound mitre saw



Screwed them down and cut them flush with a router



Reassembly



And refilled it with gardening crap...



Compound saw is living in there at the moment as I will probably be using it again later this week.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #532 on: June 07, 2020, 09:43:51 pm »
This was to enable grandsons to drill and screw them together to make a basic soapbox.  :D

That's great.   

Heavens, the hours of fun we had as kids clambering in, over and around council rubbish dumps [doesn't bare thinking about what we got up to as kids far as H&S goes!] scavenging for old pram wheels etc to make go-carts [as we used to call em].
Fantastic fun with stacks of cuts and bruises in the process.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #533 on: June 13, 2020, 06:55:53 pm »
One of the things I have been gradually working on is a mini lathe for the workshop.

The mains motor for these are an 85/60 Watt one that failed and is expensive to replace. As it would have been difficult to upgrade the lathe to modern safety standards, and it wasn't really suitable, it was due to get scrapped - so I ended up with it.   ;)

I have stripped it down, cleaned and reassembled it; mounted it on a new base, found a 100 Watt 24V dc motor that would fit directly to the original mounting plate; and ordered an fitted a 24 V PSU and speed control (about £17.50 for both).

I had to drill and tap a hole in the motor pulley, for a grub screw (M5 -taken from a broken twist grip), and I used some scrap mahogany to make an open-backed box over the PSU, to which I will probably add a couple of small 12V cooling fans (in series) when I can get to my work scrap box (for that is where several currently reside).  :smug:

Photos for those that are interested:





BTW, I have lots of accessories inc, top slide and vertical milling setup!  :D

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #534 on: June 27, 2020, 01:03:02 pm »
I thought you might like this: My Y4 Grandson is supposed to be studying the 'Water Cycle' (no, not that sort of cycle), so I devised a practical experiment for him to do - A couple of cm depth of water with food colouring in a bucket. Sit a clean empty glass jar in the middle. Cover with cling-film, so it is sealled, and weight the middle of the clingfilm, above the jar with a stone. Leave it in the sun for a couple of days - the water evapourates, condenses on the cling-film and runs to the middle where it is weighted, and drips/rains into the jar. Because it is a type of distillation, the water is clear distilled water (assuming everything is clean).  :D



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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #535 on: June 27, 2020, 01:07:56 pm »
Which, I believe is how to get a drink in the hot desert.
Make hollow, piss in it. Jar, plastic, stone.
Wait.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #536 on: June 27, 2020, 01:15:39 pm »
Which, I believe is how to get a drink in the hot desert.
Make hollow, piss in it. Jar, plastic, stone.
Wait.

Would that still work?

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #537 on: June 27, 2020, 02:35:12 pm »
Absolutely. I'm sure I've read tales of shipwrecked mariners on rafts doing precisely this, but with sea water.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #538 on: June 27, 2020, 03:20:43 pm »
It works, but you need a lot of surface area to obtain a decent amount of fresh water...
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #539 on: July 02, 2020, 08:09:58 pm »
if you can find any kind of vegetation that works as well, or a very large plastic bag tied around live branches and weighed down at the end to collect the water - remember it for your next x-rated audax
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #540 on: July 16, 2020, 09:02:59 pm »
The grandsons visited today, and we got a little trike time...  :D



Elliott's new helmet is still a bit too big for him.  ;D




A couple of days ago I took them for a 7.8 mile ride - James on his BMX, and Elliott on a trailer bike.  :smug:
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #541 on: July 27, 2020, 08:52:35 pm »
You may remember, a page ago, I mentioned a young Norfolk tallbike builder I had heard about. https://tallbikenorfolk.weebly.com/

I have just seen his latest (almost finished) creation - a triple tall BMX. Note the novel chainline, so that all wheels and cranks turn = I haden't seen that before!

https://www.facebook.com/alex.sidney.796/videos/1236547900011084/
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #542 on: September 21, 2020, 08:55:09 pm »
A local lad posted, on social media, an appeal for old bike bits to make a trailer to transport tools for the gardening and woodworking business he was starting.

As I had an old trailer, built from tower scaffold and wheelchair wheels, that I did not need, I offered it to him.

I also found he needed a bike to tow it with, so found a fly-tipped one and stripped it (to bare metal  :o) resprayed and rebuilt it for him.

He made a wooden box for the trailer, from decking offcuts, and today he sent me a photo of his biggest load so far (I only gave him the bike and new trailer hitch last Sunday!):



 :smug:
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