Nice one Julian...this type of thread is used on other forums that I frequent and is a very worthwhile idea.....as for my activities of late I'm afraid it's all on the car... this weekend it was time to take care of some rust....happy to report that we got everything done in record time partly due to it not being as bad as first thought but more to the fact that there was 3 of us to get the job done, two of which being competent welders...I'm very much of the amateur type myself but can hold my own when needed....
I'm afraid any building is well off the radar for quite some time.
I have recently had visits to hospital and whilst I am over the nasties from Winter I have a lot of rehab work to do on my lungs and knees. So its miles of walks with the dog every day, starting up in the gym again, and see how I am in 6 months. Bloody exhausted I should imagine. I did 42 miles last week with the dog and 2 visits to the gym. Sore feet and the winner is the Chiropodist!
That all said, I have plenty of maintenance and little improvements to carry out on Bridget and Polly to fill any spare moments.
I've spent the past week on domestic chores as I had a pal staying with me. (Cooking etc.) Being another "radio nut" we spent out time talking and playing radio and he gave a talk to my club on Friday evening.
Today I made two wheels, to replace the two I broke on a sack truck by grossly overloading it when I took it to an auction last Sunday week. The original wheels were moulded plastic with twin bearings on the shaft and a rubber tyre. The actual wheels wer injection moulded plastic and very brittle.
The new wheels are nylon, again with the bearings and tyres from the old ones. Being solid, quite thick, and not spoked, they certainly wont break easily. (I hope!)
Having got that little task out the way, I can get back to working on the riding truck again.
Post by ettingtonliam on Jul 13, 2015 16:10:54 GMT
Its been too wet to work in the garden, I'm waiting for a gear cutter to drop through the letter box for the current project, so I've been doing some drawing. About 3 years ago I built a hand operated planing machine, from not much more than a series of sketches on the backs of fag packets (and I don't even smoke!), so now I'm doing some drawings so that someone else can make sense of the foundry patterns gathering dust in the shed. This isn't CAD, oh no. These are pencil on cartridge paper, real 1960s drawing office stuff, on A2 paper, and its surprisingly therapeutic. I've done 6 of them only 2 more to go. Its been so long since I built the planer I've had to dismantle parts of it to check how I did it. I'm afraid they are dimensioned in fractional inches, but with metric threads, simply because metric fasteners are cheap and readily available.
Actually made some progress with the mill this morning....one servo motor mounted (hopefully) for the last time. Need to clock the encoder stub shaft true next, then I can fit the encoder mount plate, the encoder, and it's cover. Also working on the second servo motor setup.
Got: 3½" Lilla, 5" Lion, 2½" Annie Body.
Building : 5" Edward Thomas/Peter Sam, 7¼" Jubilee1897
In planning : 4" Burrell Road loco, 5" Standard 4 tank
Would like to build : 5" Duchess, NGG16 Garrett
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this evening i altered a hood for an upstairs bedroom fireplace for my mate in Cardiff, adding tapped holes in the cast iron hood and a piece of steel strip to secure it and some riveted on pieces to hold it in position. might get a pint out of it!
Setting up an archery target down the back alleyway beside the house. The target is in front of a door into my workshop, so if SWMBO misses high the arrow will certainly go through the veneer door and land somewhere near my vice ...... maybe I need to think this through a bit more!
Got: NGR Class G "Kitty" 3 1/2"; SAR Class 2C 3 1/2"
Building: LBSC Maid of Kent 5"
Looking ahead: maybe SAR Class 10BR in 5"
And finally?? Well, I'm one of the computer illiterates and a stepper motor aspirant. The first problem was my wife's Merc SLK which had lain and lies unused since her hip op went wrong. MOT- regardless of last year's 13 miles was overdue and the trick roof was stuck. To add to my day, the boot lid failed to open-- and the two are sort of 'related'. Enter workshop metric Allen keys and large bottle of silicone juice in an aerosol. After a couple of rain storms which helped lubrication, the roof opened and then , even more goo, the boot lid opened. Pneumonia and passing the test were the only serious worries! It has passed the test. Me, I'm not too sure!
And then there was Windows 8.1. I bought a Medion one from Aldi. My needs are modest to go with my purse. W8 has never really worked and with the imminent Windows 10 release, I tried to up date to 8.1. And it wouldn't update and it went to the Man and it got a new hard drive and it didn't seem to like BT. Who does? They speak Urdu or Voodoo or Judo and I'm deaf. After trying to sort it all out BT wanted me to crawl under the desk and describe what was there. Apart from the wires and the muck- the cleaning lady went to Greece or Tunisia or somewhere but the vacuum cleaner needs a new vacuum cleaner.
So I'd had enough and bundled the lot up( well, the PC) and went to Aldi. I'd forgotten the or destroyed the receipt but had my bank statement. A young lady who had previously heard my wedding ring roll to the floor -found the details and I am £199.99 better off. So far, my old Windows 7 thing is working again- as you see. I don't want Windows 8 or whatever it is--ever.
Damaged my hand shifting beds- saves writing cheques. I'm positive----I think. Or is it Rhesus Negative but it is bleeding.
Sadly ,was off to work early yesterday. Then got home late from work. Time I had catered for myself (the Dragon was out) was so knackered lost the will to go into the workshop. Today early to work. Probably be home late from work. I may get an hour in the workshop to sort out the chaos. But tomorrow I have booked a days leave. We are having visitors to our track so I will be doing ENJOYABLE work from early morning until late evening. Roll on the days when I will be free from the daily grind of servitude and toil. (-
Hi had one of those 24 hour ECG monitors fitted today and since been in the workshop making some 10 BA stainless countersunk screws. Can't wait to see what the consultants reaction to the blips on the graph will be. Regards Paul
Jim, Check True North by compass? Gives magnetic north maybe!
Magnetic North and True North are quite close at the moment in these parts, the difference - the Magnetic Declination - is currently 1 degree 47 minutes West. I have an accurate sighting compass where this approximate figure can be allowed for and this is near enough for initial setting up.
A busy day... installing a software upgrade to a Contact Lens Polishing machine so it tells the user when to change the cloth and refill the polish container, then lunch in Bexhill and an afternoon spent making odds and sods for SPEEDY.
More interesting though was the arrival of this 3D mouse which was recommenced to me by Adam and I can see why. This is a very cute piece of kit that weighs a ton and feels like it's bolted to the desk when you use it. You can push and pull the knob away or towards you to zoom in or out when you're viewing your 3D models. Rocking or twisting the knob intuitively swivels the model around almost as if you had it in your hands. What a great piece of kit! It's early days and I'm still a bit clumsy with it but I'm sure it will feel completely natural after a few hours of use. It's not cheap at just over £100, but I use 3D modelling such a lot that it's worth investing in something that makes life easier. Thanks for that Adam, I'd never even heard of such a thing until you mentioned it!
Well, what a thread, all pleasant! Lets start now, having a lovely glass of the red stuff, Curvee Classique de L'Estagnere Euro 2.99 from the Noz, probably a £20 bottle from an english store, but we did the annual playlink day where we run the trains for the mums and toddlers in the playlink set up. Just lots of gorgeous young girls with figures to die for with their toddlers all going for a train ride. Actually ten of us did it and we are bloody knakkered. Good fun though and you have to give a bit back for having a public park to play in. So tomorrow to see if my stupid finger can be straightened and then back to the PoW crank axle which is being replaced. Oh did I not tell you about that! Got to get a new one by our singles day in August or I will be strung up!! Oh my poor Aspinal, I am I forsaking you, lots of work next I promise!!!!
The Aspinal is on the bench! The Princess is well and happy, with the 990 alongside. The Princess Royal has muscled in to displace the little 3 1/2" part built 4F and still need a rake of clerestory coaches. Southampton Society of Model Engineers www.southamptonsme.org