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General Discussion / Re: Latest project
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:55:14 PM »
  Matt the rollers are machined from aluminium and the bearings I purchased off ebay at a good price, 10mm x 26mm, Not sure about the quality so I purchased 20 of them for about $16 that should be enough for spares plus future projects.  The main drive pulley I machined from steel because I never had any aluminium big enough.  The 60 grit belts turned up today, unbelievable how quickly they remove material.  I watched a couple of these being built on youtube to give me a bit of a heads up and it virtually built itself.  Not wrapped in the white paint colour but it was all I had enough of at the time and I'm getting used to it.

General Discussion / Latest project
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:18:51 PM »
  Started a new project a few weeks ago it's a 1800 x 50mm belt sander.  Finally finished and works a treat, man this thing will move a lot of metal really fast.  It has a what I think is a 2 horse power 3 phase motor and it has serious grunt.  I have a 320 grit belt on it at the moment but I have some 60 grits on order and hopefully they will arrive soon, the 320 is becoming very smooth very fast.
p.s. Hope the photos attach ok.

General Discussion / Re: Funnies/Jokes
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:47:55 PM »
                                  It is important for men to remember that as women grow older?
It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping they did when they were younger. When men notice this, they should try not to yell. Let me relate how I handle the situation.
When I chucked my job and took early retirement a year ago, it became necessary for my wife to get a full-time job both for extra income and for health insurance benefits that we need. She was a trained lab tech when we met thirty some years ago and was fortunate to land a job at the local medical centre as a phlebotomist.
It was shortly after she started working at this job that I noticed that she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says that she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts supper.
I try not to yell at her when this happens. Instead, I tell her to take her time. I understand that she is not as young as she used to be. I just tell her to wake me when she finally does get supper on the table.
She used to wash and dry the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It is now not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after supper. I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that they aren't cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this, as it does seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.
Our washer and dryer are in the basement. When she was younger, Nancy used to be able to go up and down the stairs all day and not get tired.
Now that she is older she seems to get tired so much more quickly. Sometimes she says she just can't make another trip down those steps. I don't make a big issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry the next evening I am willing to overlook it. Not only that, but unless I need something ironed to wear to the Monday's lodge meeting or to Wednesday's or Saturday's club or to Tuesday's or Thursday's bowling or Friday's poker game or something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do the ironing. This gives her a little more time to do some of those odds and ends things like shampooing the dog, vacuuming, or dusting.
Also, if I have had a really good day fishing, this allows her to gut and scale the fish at a more leisurely pace. Nancy is starting to complain a little occasionally. Not often, mind you, but just enough for me to notice. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. In spite of her complaining, I continue to try to offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she won't have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any, if you know what I mean.
When doing simple jobs she seems to think she needs more rest periods than she used to have to take. A couple of weeks ago she said she had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard.
I overlook comments like these because I realize it's just age talking. In fact, I try to not embarrass her when she needs these little extra rest breaks. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. I tell her that as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me and take her break by the hammock so she can talk with me until I fall asleep.
I could go on and on, but I think you know where I'm coming from.
I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a daily basis. I'm not saying that the ability to show this much consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible. No one knows better than I do how frustrating women can become as they get older. My purpose in writing this is simply to suggest that you make the effort. I realize that achieving the exemplary level of showing consideration I have attained is out of reach for the average man. However guys, even if you just yell at your wife a little less often because of this article, I will consider that writing it was worthwhile.
Ron died suddenly on January 31 of a perforated rectum.
The police report says he was found with a Calloway extra-long 50 inch Big Bertha Driver II club jammed up his rear end, with barely 5 inches of grip showing, and a sledge hammer lying nearby.
His wife Nancy was arrested and charged with murder…
The all-woman jury took only 10 minutes to find her Not Guilty, accepting her defence that Ron, somehow without looking, accidentally sat down on this golf club.


General Discussion / Repco specials
« on: May 31, 2018, 07:16:37 PM »
Repco catalogue sale from today until 10th June. Aerosols
Brake Cleaner
Carby cleaner
Silicone Spray
Belt Dressing
Lithium Grease
   Choice of any 4 for $10.  The carby and the brake cleaners are good products and usually priced between $8 and $12 depending on brand.  I picked up $20 worth this morning, hopefully last until the next time they come up.

General Discussion / Re: 18th this year
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:45:06 PM »
 Well it's happened again.  The media tonight said this is the 42 shooting so far this year.  I did a Google search to check how many actual shootings where students and teachers were targeted and this is only 8.  So we think that's not to bad just a media beat up, until you realise that in those 8 shootings there was a  total of 32 killed and nearly 40 wounded.  This is insane. 
 Why can't the AMA and the US government see that there needs to be a reduction in the availability of automatic and semi automatic weapons.
 I have heard all of the arguments about why they should allowed to have them, but it's all bullshit.     Ask the families of those kids.

General Discussion / Re: Welding gas choices
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:26:10 PM »

  This deal has to be done at the outlet where you get your gas, you can't do it with BOC over the phone.  I picked mine up from my local Reece Plumbing outlet today,  they filled in a no charge docket,  took my name and details, contacted BOC who gave them a reference number, I then collected my cylinder and headed off home.  BOC sent me an email with the reference number for me to quote when paying the $79.

General Discussion / Re: Welding gas choices
« on: April 12, 2018, 05:32:06 PM »

  I have been trying to get away with not being able to oxy weld.  But it's not working for me so I contacted BOC to see what their deal is on oxy.  The big cylinder (G) is to big for my needs, the middle size (E) would be good but it is far to expensive at about $300 a year for rental and gas but the deal on the small (D) size cylinders will suit what I want. I pay a one off payment of $79 through my local outlet,  which entitles me to a full cyl plus a second when that is empty.  When the second cyl is empty I just pay another $79 and off we go again.  This means I will be paying less than $40 each and no yearly rent, this works out cheaper than any of the other deals available where most of the time you have to pay a refundable deposit on the cylinder and then pay for the gas which I think is more expensive than this deal.

Tech Talk / New pipe
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:25:30 PM »

  just finished a new pipe for my Cotton.  This time it's a step backwards as far as performance is concerned.   It is as close as I can find to the original flat megaphone pipe that this Cotton had when it was new.  I have been looking for a while and contacting Cotton club members in the UK plus a couple in USA and finally I was given the approximate dimensions for the pipe.  So here it is.

Not a lot of work with this pipe but still satisfying to see it finished.

Tech Talk / Re: Improvements to lathe
« on: March 31, 2018, 10:46:49 AM »
 Yes Marcus keeping them dry is a priority.  Another positive with using these type of measuring tool is they eliminate the dial backlash that you have in most used lathes.

General Discussion / just not cricket
« on: March 30, 2018, 09:17:50 PM »

   Well is it just me or has the Australian media done it again?   I know that this ball tampering thing is not on and is cheating but does the punishment fit the crime?  Apparently in the past other national teams (not Australian) have been caught tampering with the ball and the guilty players end up with a loss of one match payment or a game off as punishment.  The problem with Australia, is the power of the friggin media.  They most cases they choose who is elected to govern, Who gets the job of party leaders and when was the last time anyone but these arseholes actually decided that a cricket captain needed to be replaced or picked a new captain for the Aussie cricket team.  These blokes have done the wrong thing but it shouldn't be up to Tracy Grimshaw or Alan jones or any of the other parasites in the media to decide their fate, and like it or not they do. The embarrassment they feel should almost be punishment enough.  But these fellers have lost their place in the team, millions of dollars in payments and indorsements plus being paraded in front of cameras to publicly apologies to all of Australia     I'm not a cricket fan, in fact I think they should all have a bat and ball to play with and that would relieve all the pressure.

Tech Talk / Re: Improvements to lathe
« on: March 29, 2018, 07:52:28 PM »
 Hi YZ,
         Go ahead, not my invention, just saw it somewhere and thought it was a good idea.  I had already fitted a similar product to my Mill so I new that it works.
   KT, I would love to fit a proper DRO to the lathe but I can find more pressing needs for $400 or $500.  That would allow me to fit an electronic ignition to one of my bikes, plus paint etc to complete a couple more tanks and maybe a ctn of cheap Aldi beer.


Tech Talk / Re: Improvements to lathe
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:19:49 PM »
  Yes Tony that's a trap for young players.

Tech Talk / Improvements to lathe
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:08:59 PM »

   Being self taught machinist I have always struggled using the dual calibrated dials I find that I tend to creep up on the finished size rather than trust them.  I would like to fit a proper digital readout but they are a bit to expensive for me at the moment.  So over the last couple of days I have converted a pair of cheap verniers (digital calipers) into a home made DRO for the tailstock and longitudinal movement on my lathe.  They can be zeroed and then measure the movement the same as a shop bought DRO but at a cost so far of less than $20 for them both.  I will be fitting one to the cross slide as soon as my new set of verniers arrive from China.

  This one is fitted using a aluminium block which I made using my Milling machine and then securing the readout section of the verniers onto a plate screwed to the tailstock body with good old Stikaflec.

This one is removable and only used when needed.  It secures itself to the carriage using rare earth magnets and the readout is mounted on another aluminium block which I milled so that it fits neatly onto the lathe bed and is held in place with more of the same magnets.

This one I store just at the back of the lathe and it fits in place in a couple of seconds.


General Discussion / Re: CZ Sidepiper build
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »
  This build is now completed. I have added a couple of photos of the finish project to my original post in this thread.

  So the herd is almost ready for the Resto Expo next month just a bit of tidying up and they're ready to go.


General Discussion / Re: Media beat ups
« on: February 20, 2018, 07:45:37 PM »
  I wasn't putting Churchill on a pedestal, I was just referring to his grit in refusing to do a deal with Hitler, which is what the British War Cabinet wanted to do.  I wonder what sort of world we would be living in now, had they got their way.

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