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General Discussion / Quality steel
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:11:33 PM »

   I have made myself a couple of wooden planes, ( the woodworking type )  I had a small piece of steel that could be hardened, so I made one blade from it, and the second plane I used an old chisel for the blade.  The problem is that I want to make a couple more larger  block planes but I am having heaps of trouble finding the grade of steel I need, (1075 or 1084 are the best for this job).  The knife making people on line will sell me knife blanks or some small offcuts, but they want to much money.  I used to have a couple of old plane steels but they are long gone, or I could have used them.  There is some of these blades on ebay for about $15 each but the postage on them also makes them to expensive.  So any ideas on where I might pick up some steel, preferably in the Newcastle / Hunter Valley region.
    Zane

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General Discussion / Dining out disaster
« on: August 18, 2018, 09:38:31 PM »
  Went out to a pub in Maitland tonight for a surprise birthday dinner.  I really don't think I have ever had a worse meal.  With drinks it cost me over $80 for something that you couldn't feed to a pig, because the pig would not eat the friggin shit.  the menu was quite limited so my wife along with a few others chose the pizza, some ate half most only a slice or 2,  so spicy hot they couldn't eat them.  I and a couple sitting near me picked the fish, because no one can stuff up fish and chips can they, big mistake it was awful.  I wasn't expecting the Ritz and most pub meals are okay but this place was terrible.  The food was not stale or anything like that, it was just cooked badly.  So if you are looking for a place for a nice meal give whistlers a big miss.
   Zane
 p.s. If it had been good I would have given them a plug, so it's not just sour grapes.  Which I think was what they were serving for dessert.   

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General Discussion / Cessnock 500 Endura
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:03:52 PM »
   A friend of mine picked this up cheap off ebay





  It's a stamping block for making the badges for what I think might have been one of the first enduros held in Cessnock.  It seems to have been sponsored by Honda. The badge stamp has no date on it but I think it was probably from the 70's, and if my memory is correct promoted by Winston Stokes.  Interesting that it was called the (CESSNOCK HUNTER 500 ENDURA ) not enduro. Just as a added interest he also has one of the original badges from this same event.
   Zane

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General Discussion / physical
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:52:49 PM »
I just had a Physical.
The doctor said, " Don't eat anything fatty"
I said, "Like bacon and burgers?"
He said " No fatty, don't eat anything!"

   Zane

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General Discussion / RSL ripoff
« on: July 24, 2018, 05:36:32 PM »

   A friend was stopped on her way into Coles Cessnock store to do her shopping on Friday, by a bloke selling RSL Art Union tickets.  She told him she didn't have any cash on her but he told her she could use her card.  Well who can you trust if you can't trust the RSL, so she purchased a $10 ticket.  When she arrived home she told her husband that they were in the running to win a new house, he looked at the ticket and realised that this arsehole had signed them up for $10 worth of tickets in all future draws as well.
  He then contacted the RSL to cancel these payments the bloke told him that he should be able to stop the other payments but didn't sound to convincing so my mate contacted his bank and they told him that they would probably have to cancel that account and start a new one, this means contacting all of the companies that he has a auto payment deal with and getting new cards etc, all because of these bloody thieves.
  He put a thread on a local facebook page and has been inundated with replies saying that they too had had the same thing happen.  So my advice is to be very careful if you are in the habit of buying tickets in these Art Unions.  In the past I would buy them but from now on I think I will give them a miss.   I don't think the RSL gets much out of these things anyway probably only a few cents out of every dollar.
   Zane

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General Discussion / Genetically modified food
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:21:22 PM »
I see a lot of people are worried about genetically modified foods but I had a beautiful leg of salmon for dinner the other night and it was lovely.
   Zane

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General Discussion / Amazon
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:55:55 PM »
  Any forum members from Australia purchased any tools from Amazon Australia or from Amazon USA?

         Zane

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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.
                                  Zane
p.s. Hope the photos attach ok.







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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
Degreaser
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.
                           Zane


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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.
   Zane

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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.
   Zane

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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.

   Zane

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General Discussion / Media beat ups
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:29:56 PM »

  Am I the only one who thinks that most of this Barnaby Joyce crap, that is all over the air waves at the moment, is a media beat up.  There's nothing much for these parasites to report on, so they badger this poor bastard mercilessly for something to do and I don't even like the prick.  They are insinuating that it was a quick shag, and because of that he should resign. Yet they don't put the pressure on these politicians when they have sold out our manufacturing industries.  Spending millions of dollars overseas on trains when that money would have kept our train building strong and employing heaps more Aussies.  Or pricks like Joe Hockey standing there and daring the car makers to close down, arsehole.  Who knows, this couple might end up together for 20 or 30 years and lets face it, not all marriages last, in fact I saw it reported by these same media arse wipes, that up to 50% of marriages in the US and Australia end up in divorce.  How would you like to be in the trenches with our prime minister ( Mr potato head ) as soon as there was any pressure, he folds and throws his mate to the wolves, hardly a Winston Churchill type is he and Bill Shorten is just as bad but at least this dickhead is in opposition.  Who know maybe some princess or film star will get up the stick then these reporter can concentrate on them and leave this poor bastard and his girl alone.
   Zane

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General Discussion / 18th this year
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:10:30 PM »

  When will they try to do something about it.  Heard on the news this morning another school shooting in USA, 17 dead plus more injured.  They reported that this is the 18th school shooting so far this year. Is that possible?  I have never been a shooter or owned a gun and before I get jumped on by those who do, I don't believe in completely disarming the population either but the weapons available in USA are mind blowing.  This kid had weapons that should not be available to the public including smoke grenades, stacks of ammo and I assume, at least one automatic gun.
  I know the American constitution allows the population the freedom to bear arms but I wonder when it was written.  Did they think that guns would ever evolve into the types of weapons produced and available to US citizens today.

   Zane

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