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General Discussion / Re: Quality steel
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:13:04 PM »
Marcus I have no idea what type of timber it is, but it is much more dense, and heavier than any other piece of timber I have.
Geoff I don't care if they do get them at Aldi, it's satisfying to make a tool and have it work the way it should.  The laminated plane works really good.  You realise that they didn't stop making the wooden planes because the performance was not as good as the metal planes, it was just that the metal was much quicker and easier to produce.

General Discussion / Re: Quality steel
« on: October 13, 2018, 08:01:59 PM »
Well I have finally finished a few planes and also made myself a jointer from an old electric plane.

 This is a Chisel Plane made from cypress and jarrah and the blade was made from a saw blade which had to be heat treated and then tempered

A Rebate Plane made from Ironbark and Cypress Pine and I used an old wood chisel for the blade.

This is a  wooden Block Plane which was made from different coloured cypress laminated to give it a cool look.  The blade was cut from a tool steel blade, and some other bits machined from brass.

This one is a Router Plane, not sure of the type of timber but it is very heavy.  The L shaped blade in this plane is made from a 10mm allen key with the bottom sharpened.

This is the Jointer used for flattening and squaring timber, useful machine, works great.

After making the blades for these tools they were all sharpened using diamond stones from 150 grit to 3000 grit and are all like razors.

General Discussion / Re: Quality steel
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:52:14 PM »
Yes Marcus the Brobo is perfect for this job and I have one on the way along with a diamond concrete cutting blade, both around 14 inches.
thanks Hoony and Geoff but I hope that these 2 will be enough to get the planes made.
I have some spring steel and a offcut from a loader blade, but they are both to heavy for this project. I don't want to have to setup my forge to make the blades when I can get the thickness I need ready to use.
  I will put up a couple of photos when I get these last 2 made.

General Discussion / Re: Quality steel
« on: September 26, 2018, 10:46:31 PM »
 I remember reading that Australia is a country where anyone can grow up and become Prime Minister, that appears to be true.

General Discussion / Re: Quality steel
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:49:44 PM »
  Had a call from a mate and he suggested that I get one of the worn out concrete cutting blades and cut them from it. So now the hunt is on for one.
80-85 husky, used to be, now most of the industry has closed, and our gov has even leased most of the harbour to the friggin Chinese.  Good move that!  by the time these bottom dwelling scum politicians are finished we won't own any of our country.

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.

General Discussion / Re: Funnies/Jokes
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:50:55 AM »
Paddy says to Murphy,
"Have you seen the news?
3 cliff walkers have fallen to their deaths!"

"Unbelievable, said Murphy,
I can't believe they all had
the same name!"

Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:21:37 AM »
  You blokes are making me feel old.  My first bike was a belt drive Douglas, removed the motor, gearbox and anything else  that was heavy.   Then I would push it to the top of a big long hill near home and ride it to the bottom, then push it back up again.  I think my next was a 250cc Velocette  then followed a heap of AJS's, Matchless, BSA etc.  These were all dirt cheap back in the 50's and early 60's.

General Discussion / Re: Dining out disaster
« on: August 19, 2018, 04:35:40 PM »

 Alan I usually would have something to say about bad food or service, but this was a surprise 60th birthday get together for a few friends and family.  My mate who booked it for his wife was embarrassed and no doubt will contact them and complain.  I didn't want to embarrass  him further by approaching them on the night.  If it had been just my wife and myself I would have asked for a refund and I would have turned it on if I didn't get it.  My pet hates are bad service or food, when I pay money for an item I expect to get what I've paid for, if I don't then I go further.
  I suppose having a bitch on here was a way of letting off a bit of steam, as well as maybe saving someone on this forum from having the same bad experience.
 Hi Alison, yes I don't think it's to much to expect an edible meal,  I'm not fussy a couple of sausages or some fish and chips is great.  This place like most pubs these days is run and staffed by kids, the oldest would have been 20ish and I really don't think they care what some oldies think.  If you go to a restaurant where they serve hot food then you expect hot food, but the girl sitting opposite me, who was heavily pregnant, had to send her husband to the bar to get her some milk to try and stop the burning.
Not good enough.   Zane

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.
 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.   

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.

Honda / Re: Honda QA50 Beast
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:32:28 PM »
  Spotted this on ebay UK.  I think I might have sold mine to cheap.

I found this on eBay and thought you might like it! Check it out now!  Honda CZ100 1964 Restored  Monkey bike Z50A AU CZ100 Z50M Z50A 48CC

  I picked mine up for $300 and sold it about 12 months later for $9000.


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!"


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.

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