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by stevep
Thu May 14, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Small corner door method suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 2017

Re: Small corner door method suggestions

cerdeira wrote:Can you restrict the radius to the stile only? ie keep the rails straight? if so, and if I correctly understand your question, I'd laminate the stile

I think you've got your rails and stiles round the wrong way.
by stevep
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: EBay seller again
Replies: 3
Views: 2248

EBay seller again

Is this the same seller up to the same tricks again?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161605001736
Based in Lerwick. 0% feedback.
by stevep
Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Additions to my induction motor paper
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

Re: Additions to my induction motor paper

Basically leave all the power wiring in the DOL alone. That makes sense (now you've pointed it out to me!). This sort of switch looks like it might be ok http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/32-AMP-ROTARY-CAM-CHANGEOVER-SWITCH-3-POSITION-4-POLE-ALUMINIUM-NEW-PTA10/331117046146?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&a...
by stevep
Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Additions to my induction motor paper
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

Re: Additions to my induction motor paper

Thanks Bob, that's very nice of you. I'll have a look at my starter tomorrow - I think it still has all the paperwork folded up inside the enclosure. I'll have to sit down and have a careful look at the diagram, but at first glance I'm a bit confused about the supply to the starter - is L2 the neutr...
by stevep
Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Additions to my induction motor paper
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

Re: Additions to my induction motor paper

I know it's too late now as you've finished your v3 revision, but one thing I could do with my metal lathe is to wire in a reversing switch to the single phase motor. Is it possible to do this and retain the DOL starter? I have seen lots of Myfords with reversing switches, but I think that they do w...
by stevep
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Additions to my induction motor paper
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

Re: Additions to my induction motor paper

I've got nothing much to suggest, but it is very useful - thanks for taking the time to write it all up.
One day I'd like to put an inverter (??) on my metal lathe (1 ph, 240v) mainly as a way of controlling speed and reversing, so I'll probably be consulting it again in due course.
by stevep
Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: epoxy resins
Replies: 12
Views: 2603

Re: epoxy resins

http://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/p-2547-de-gassing-chamber.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; for a de-gassing chamber, but for the one occasion when I needed to I managed with a box made from scrap mdf and hardboard, a workshop vac and a bodged-up clamp to hold the resin mixin...
by stevep
Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: epoxy resins
Replies: 12
Views: 2603

Re: epoxy resins

I use Gurit SP epoxy, mainly because before it was Gurit it was SP Systems who were based on the Isle of Wight not far from me and they had a trade counter. I think Wests is very similar, in terms of quality. I now get it from East Coast Fibreglass Supplies, who do all the different types of resins,...
by stevep
Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: spiral sash balance
Replies: 11
Views: 3470

Re: spiral sash balance

Just checked my last sash window drawing, and that was 43x45mm, with a 4-6-4 unit in! It did have to match an existing victorian original, but that's a long way from 57mm square.

Just an extra thought - is it possible to run a shallower groove in both the sash and the frame stile?
by stevep
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: spiral sash balance
Replies: 11
Views: 3470

spiral sash balance

Just about to make a strange sash window - bottom sash is 1260 wide x 905mm tall, top sash is 1260 wide x 345 tall. Only the bottom sash will move (and obviously not very much!). I want to use spiral balances from Mighton, which apparently need a 20x20 groove. I'm going to groove the sash stiles, no...
by stevep
Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: I am a thicky!
Replies: 26
Views: 5045

Re: I am a thicky!

Photos?? Not of the broken bits, but the new setup.
by stevep
Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Xylophone
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

Re: Xylophone

Sounds remarkably good considering I've never made one before. The keys are supported on a length of cord which runs along the top edges of the sound box, nipped down by the screws. The supports have to be at the nodes of the keys (22.5% x length from each end), otherwise you just get a dead sound r...
by stevep
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Xylophone
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

Xylophone

Not my usual windows and bookcases - been meaning to make one of these for a while, for my daughters little one. Brought some jarrah back from Australia earlier this year (sounds flash I know, but have never flown abroad before). Really heavy wood, so ideal for making the keys. All the rest was offc...
by stevep
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Latest island unit
Replies: 14
Views: 3252

Re: Latest island unit

Nice work Karl. And clever to post the photos before you fitted the handles, cos everyone would have criticised them!
How do you pick up work from 200 miles away - word of mouth?
by stevep
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Thicknesser help
Replies: 5
Views: 1735

Re: Thicknesser help

I may be wrong, but snipe on the thicknesser is not affected by the knife setting in the cutter block - it doesn't matter how far they stick out (within reason) as they wil always remain the same distance from the thicknesser table. Except that, if they are extremely wrong, it might affect how the d...
by stevep
Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sold: 240v morticer
Replies: 2
Views: 1327

Re: For sale: 240v morticer

Can't believe someone hasn't snapped it up for that price Karl. It looks more or less the same as mine, which is badged as 'Modern', and is also the same as the Multico. I think they all used the same castings around that period. Super machines, much better than the benchtop toys being sold now.
by stevep
Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Trend dovetail jig
Replies: 0
Views: 1079

Trend dovetail jig

Trend CDJ300 dovetail jig. Hardly used, but works well. Included are the 15.8mm guide bush (which fits most routers inc Trend, Elu etc), the 12.7mm dovetail cutter in good condition and the instruction leaflet. £40 collected from Sussex RH19 area (Really don't want to post this because of the weigh...
by stevep
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Radius Cornice How I Do It
Replies: 20
Views: 4778

Re: Radius Cornice How I Do It

Thanks for posting this - I find little videos and wip's like this really helpful, along with all the feedback and comments, especially when it involves potentially buttock clenching stuff - useful to see good working practices.
by stevep
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Scribing in alcoves
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

Re: Scribing in alcoves

I make the units from 18mm, with a 45 mm face frame on the front, which leaves a 27 mm overhang on the face frame which is then scribed. To make the scribing easier, I also run a bevel down the stiles of the face frame, so that scribing just takes off a bit of the 'peak' of the bevel if that makes s...
by stevep
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Record lurem optimake
Replies: 1
Views: 1317

Re: Record lurem optimake

Heat the end of the rod to red hot and allow to cool slowly. Then try with the drill again. If that fails, you might be able to use a grub screw in the flange or hub of the nylon sprocket, and grind a dimple in the rod for it to locate in. Failing that you might get steel sprockets from RS Component...
by stevep
Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Dakota router table
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Re: Dakota router table

I see it's out of stock at the moment. From what I have read it might be a long time between ordering and delivery.
Personally I would buy a table and router seperately.
by stevep
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Dakota router table
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Re: Dakota router table

It's probably not bad, provided you get a decent router to stick in it. The main problem with it is that you probably have to buy it from Rutlands.
by stevep
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Vacuum hose
Replies: 25
Views: 5086

Re: Vacuum hose

I used some hose from an aquarium shop (just round the corner from me, but maybe a garden centre type place sells similar stuff???) - comes in several different sizes. Fittings for the tools are a problem- old bits from vacuum cleaners might help, and the flexible rubber flush pipe connectors from b...
by stevep
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Malfell Power Tools x 3 for sale in East Sussex
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

Re: Malfell Power Tools x 3 for sale in East Sussex

Interested in the jigsaw. Have you got a price in mind?
by stevep
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Exteranl Door Details
Replies: 28
Views: 5755

Re: Exteranl Door Details

Re: Exteranl Door Details by jfc » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:20 pm You need more haunches on your tenons . Theory is .... Top tenon 50/50 tenon and haunch Middle tenon haunch tenon Bottom tenon haunch tenon haunch Yes, that's what I meant more or less. I never know whether to call them twin tenons or doub...
by stevep
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Exteranl Door Details
Replies: 28
Views: 5755

Re: Exteranl Door Details

I make the grooves in the rails and stiles the same thickness as the mortice and tenons - 18 mm might be a bit too much, I'd go for 12-13mm. That means fielding or rebating the ply panels. (Not sure why you want a 25mm groove for a 18 mm oanel, do you mean 25 mm deep?). I would also use twin tenons ...
by stevep
Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Replacement kitchen unit door ideas please
Replies: 4
Views: 2079

Re: Replacement kitchen unit door ideas please

I quite like the idea of a chamfered edging strip - I think it might be possible to do this on an 18mm door without needing a profile fitted to the carcase (or am I wrong?). What about a plain mdf door, with a paint finish, and a decent size hardwood lipping top and bottom? Or do you think I'd need ...
by stevep
Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Replacement kitchen unit door ideas please
Replies: 4
Views: 2079

Replacement kitchen unit door ideas please

I have to make some replacement doors and drawer fronts - normally I would do some sort of frame and panel shaker type, but I'm not sure I can do that for these, mainly because they have to have inset handles (very small kitchen and potential clash of doors on the very tightly installed base units i...
by stevep
Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Alignment when using a Big Gator Metric V-Drill Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 2328

Re: Alignment when using a Big Gator Metric V-Drill Guide

You could always drill a small hole in each end of the bar along the centre line and push a panel pin through to locate it - use the right size drill so its an interference fit for the panel pin. You'll need a drill press for accuracy though....
by stevep
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: forming some ribs
Replies: 3
Views: 1200

Re: forming some ribs

Ok that's a bit clearer. Just check that a 5mm strip will bend to the radius you want before you cut them all. The jig needs a bit of thinking about, as you need to make sure you can get enough clamps on. Most of my laminating has been for boatbuilding jobs. I usually buy epoxy from East Coast Fibre...
by stevep
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Drilling a tapered hole
Replies: 5
Views: 1838

Re: Drilling a tapered hole

It will probably work ok in a drill press, but you might not get such a good finish as the speed will be slower than a router. Worth a try though. You could also try grinding a large flat-bit to the right profile, but you would definitely get a rougher finish than with a router cutter.
by stevep
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: forming some ribs
Replies: 3
Views: 1200

Re: forming some ribs

Are you sure about those dimensions? Are you talking about the curved beams which span across the width of the roof? Anyway, You could use a wide variety of timbers, including redwood, oak or iroko. If your dimensions are correct then you'll need fairly thin laminates, say around 5mm thickness, a de...
by stevep
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: help identifying wood
Replies: 7
Views: 1684

Re: help identifying wood

Looks like iroko grain to me as well. Don't know what happens if iroko is washed with household cleaners like bleach, but that may have made it lighter with repeated washing over the years. I'm not sure teak would stay that bright colour with age, judging by what you see on boats.
by stevep
Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: French Cleat Ideas?
Replies: 13
Views: 4474

Re: French Cleat Ideas?

nickw wrote:Plane the angle by hand. The advantage of the angle is that it self tightens.

Yes. And you don't need 45 deg either - about 20 is fine for most things unless you're bothered about people bumping into things and generally being clumsy.
by stevep
Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Oak bed question
Replies: 6
Views: 3525

Re: Oak bed question

Ikea do sprung bed slats in birch, and they are fairly easy to modify for width etc. Cheap too. You'd still need some supports underneath, but you could combine your base plus Ikea slats. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50160208/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Beds I've ma...
by stevep
Tue May 27, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Good spec drill press?
Replies: 8
Views: 2060

Re: Good spec drill press?

Fobco and Meddings are both good. Meddings supplied a lot of schools, so if you can get an ex-school one it should have only had light use (but will inevitably come with a pepperpot table, and it would be worth checking the clamp on the table for cracks in case it has been allowed to drop). The rest...
by stevep
Thu May 22, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Pillar Drill
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Pillar Drill

Bought a cheap pillar drill the other week and decided it needed a couple of new bearings. One thing led to another and I ended up stripping it down completely, de-rusting the worst bits in an electrolysis tank (not done it before, and worked very well). A coat of etch primer and a bit of top coat, ...
by stevep
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Stoping a table saw with a finger!
Replies: 8
Views: 2060

Re: Stoping a table saw with a finger!

I'm obviously much too cautious - I take my blade off the machine before i lick it.
by stevep
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Epoxy and finish for yew
Replies: 6
Views: 2180

Re: Epoxy and finish for yew

Yes, West epoxy, or Gurit SP - I get mine from East Coast Fibreglass Supplies. If you really want a bubble free mix then you need to get the air out with some sort of vacuum chamber - make up a box with a bit of pipe on top, put your beaker of mixed epoxy in it, put the lid on and then attach a vacu...
by stevep
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Great neighbours
Replies: 2
Views: 983

Re: Great neighbours

It would go well in a router table, assuming you already have a hand held router. If you already have a router table a second one is useful set up for mdf doors like one of the past threads on here showed (was it Bob? Can't remember, but it was a good setup, with a removeable false table so you can ...

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