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    More Catalogue Cuts.

    I was shown these pages in a Wadkin catalogue.

    460197 460198 Courtesy of Chris in Auckland.

    Under the heading "Cutting Housings in String Boards", the third paragraph adds "...should be...
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    I meant to mention that - and then forgot :doh:....

    I meant to mention that - and then forgot :doh:.

    Hear, hear.
    I took about 50 photos of it (some fuzzy :B). I'll put together a post about it on Clear Out's thread - when I get my A into G.
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    Part 2 (b).

    And now for some Wadkins.

    Wadkin CK 2083 radial arm saw, test 51268 of 1955;

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    Telescopic Guard.

    You had me worried - but I found this in an undated early catalogue (also shown on the RM in the 1936 & 1957 Wadkin catalogues on Vintage Machinery):


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    Cheers, Vann.
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    Ship Saw.

    This is a shipsaw I really like the look of - from the restoration series of the sailing yacht Tally Ho.

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    There are a number of shots of the saw in action throughout the series.

    Yes, a...
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    Four Inches?

    Yes, although it looks like he's only gained about 4". But 4" is 4" and if you need that much then why not.

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    Looks like the arm is long enough that he could have got another 1½". I wonder...
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    Part 2 (a).

    The following day (Friday) I had arranged to meet a semi-retired boatbuilder at his boatyard in Auckland. I had first heard of this gentleman on the Canadian forum nearly a year ago, and had...
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    (continued from first post) Where was I? Ahh...

    (continued from first post)

    Where was I? Ahh yes, done the Wadkins. Now for some other old English machines:


    Smith 12” buzzer;

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    Good question. I know Wadkin did offer a...

    Good question. I know Wadkin did offer a telescopic guard like that, but I don't know if that's OEM or a local reproduction.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    On The Road Again.

    "On the road again
    Goin' places that I've never been
    Seein' things that I may never see again
    And I can't wait to get on the road again"… (thanks Willie).


    The misses and I decided to visit a...
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    Another Early CK.

    I visited a guy up-country on 1st August. Among other machines he had three (yes three) CKs. One was set up in his premises. The other two were out back under tarps.

    One of the two out the back is...
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    There's a funny story about that pipework. ...

    There's a funny story about that pipework.

    There were two separate extraction systems. 20 or so years later (late 1970s), for some reason (probably one of the two fans needed replacement) they...
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    Spot the Machine - 3211.

    Nope. I finally caught up with him at the beginning of the month. His is a different Wadkin LQ.

    What he did have (pertinent to this thread) is a Pickles chisel mortiser.

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    Seanz is in Kaiapoi, but I haven't heard from him...

    Seanz is in Kaiapoi, but I haven't heard from him in well over a year. Maybe a PM?

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Fence Finale.

    I've painted the fence adaptor bracket - black. I looked through my meagre supply of random BSW bolts and found some 1½" bolts and a single 1¼" bolt to use (rather than cut down the precious 2"...
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    What a delightful sander - and just the right...

    What a delightful sander - and just the right size for me. I nearly bought a Wadkin of the same size (a JQ) a few years back, but didn't bid high enough. In the end Woodlogic bought it and had it...
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    Thanks for that link. On the few occasions I've...

    Thanks for that link. On the few occasions I've gone to Instagram lately, I can't get past the 'login' page.

    What a great variety of nicely done-up Wadkins: DR, PK, CK, MF (or MA?), EKA and EQ (or...
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    Bummer, I'm not an Instagram user (I don't like...

    Bummer, I'm not an Instagram user (I don't like the format, nor the Company) - and as far as I can tell, guests can no longer browse.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Hi Giles. Welcome. Do you have a photo of the...

    Hi Giles. Welcome.

    Do you have a photo of the tag? Or better still, photos of the machine as well. You'll probably have to do 3 posts before you can add photos (I think that still applies). Nearly...
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    Livery.

    The livery (or colour scheme) for this machine uses the appropriate grey - the lighter of the two Wadkin greys - RAL 7011. To break the all grey colour (even the machined surfaces dull to grey) I...
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    An Aussie One.

    I found an Australian CK !! The tag is among many tag photos I've borrowed from the net over the last few years.

    457752 Originally sold in Brissie.
    Unfortunately I didn't keep a pikkie of the...
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    Or better still AMS Woodworking Machinery...

    Or better still AMS Woodworking Machinery Services who bought all Wadkin's parts when Wadkin went under - and their intellectual rights. But, make sure you're sitting down when the quote comes in...
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    I made up an adaptor bracket. 457486 457487...

    I made up an adaptor bracket.

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    It wasn't really designed, it just sort of grew. The angled plate is from a piece of 1/4" plate I had. The longer piece is 12mm bar - I needed...
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    I do something similar in New Zealand. NZ Post...

    I do something similar in New Zealand. NZ Post have a forwarding depot in Middlesex, England, and Portland, USA. I've made a number of purchases in UK and USA and had them sent to these depots - who...
  25. Thread: Damned Pickers.

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    Wow, he had a few alright! It's difficult to see...

    Wow, he had a few alright! It's difficult to see enough detail to be sure, but it looks like there are a few beauties in there.

    I'm pleased to say I didn't get that far down the slope before...
  26. Thread: Damned Pickers.

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    Damned Pickers.

    Damned pickers :).

    This post drill sold last night here in NZ for a wopping $540 NZD. That's at least twice what I thought it was worth (going on previous sales here). The seller fancies himself...
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    Nah. I checked the female taper on the mortiser....

    Nah. I checked the female taper on the mortiser. No sign of a thread in there. That debunks that theory - at least for Carron mortisers.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Good point. I wonder if they might be off...

    Good point. I wonder if they might be off something like a solid chisel mortiser?

    I have a Carron "Colonial' solid chisel mortiser which, along with the solid chisels, also originally came with...
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    Very nice. Can I ask what speed the cutter is...

    Very nice. Can I ask what speed the cutter is turning at? And do you know what speed a metal machinist would use?

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Fair comment. You have to do what you're...

    Fair comment. You have to do what you're comfortable with (and noting the Ubeat disclaimer on electrical advice).

    But I'll say that my PDL/Clipsal plugs (and cord connector for the extension lead)...
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    You can get VFDs that transform 240v to 400v and...

    You can get VFDs that transform 240v to 400v and convert to 3-phase - but they're more expensive (considerably more I believe).

    Why not get more 3-phase outlets installed (or like me, run a...
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    An Update.

    And an update:

    CK 349 (test 5637 of ~1936) - New Zealand;
    CK 575 (test 10701 of 1938) - New Zealand;
    CK 778 (test 16792 of 1941) - New Zealand;
    CK 862 (test 22326 of 1944) -...
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    Hmmm... now that I do own a CK (or two)... maybe...

    Hmmm... now that I do own a CK (or two)... maybe I could retro fit the handle (not that I intend to use it for ripping).

    456846 CK 349 of ~1936.

    456845 CK 1011 of 1946 - now reduced to parts...
  34. Thread: 20amp Question

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    Is your stove hard wired or plug in? Stove...

    Is your stove hard wired or plug in? Stove circuits used to be rated at 27amps. Not much use though if your machines are a long way from the kitchen...

    Just a thought.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Jack's a carpenter/joiner in Canada. He decided...

    Jack's a carpenter/joiner in Canada. He decided to equip his workshop(s) with mostly older British machinery (mostly Wadkin) and jokingly calls one shop the "Wadkin Temple". He's well known for...
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    If I may make a suggestion.: contact Jack English...

    If I may make a suggestion.: contact Jack English Machines. He has installed numerous VFDs on his old Wadkins etc. He now sells them (mods please remove if this is not permitted). He wil get the...
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    VFD Answer from another electrical idiot

    You will still be able to move the combined sander and VFD around your shop. The plug and cord go directly into the VFD, which is hardwired to your machine.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    I've been over on the Canadian forum, looking at...

    I've been over on the Canadian forum, looking at tag photos, and have edited my previous post, changing the range to 1951 to 1963-64.

    There's something else that may not be accurate. It's possible...
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    Hi Pete. Buy it some flowers, and offer to take...

    Hi Pete. Buy it some flowers, and offer to take it out for dinner at a nice restaurant...

    But seriously.

    First the bad news: it has an 'SC' test number. This means it was built by another...
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    Breaking News.

    I haven't been supporting this thread for a while (short editing times are not conducive to this type of database), however I feel the following needs to be recorded:

    From time to time we learn a...
  41. Wow.. How did you find a chisel? Let alone one to...

    Wow.. How did you find a chisel? Let alone one to fit your machine

    Cheers, Vann. I
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    Here's what I did on my Wadkin LP handwheels.

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    Of course, you'll be looking for something a little less clown-ish in colour :q. My handwheels are wire brushed, with emphasis on the rims....
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    JA Chapman.

    And eggbeater drills. The Chapman No.105 eggbeater became the common-or-garden Stanley No.803, found in every school and workshop. And I think they had a breast drill that became the Stanley No.905...
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    I've just had a look through the 15 photos in your previous post. That's quite a task you're taking on - but good on you for giving it a go.

    The outer 270 degrees of the rim I would buff with a...
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    "Here's a Dish I Prepared Earlier."

    So with the base nearly finished, and my son coming round for tea, we lifted the base off the saw stools, and lifted the main casting and wedges onto the base.

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    Then this...
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    Brookhirst.

    I completed and fitted the "Brookhirst" door today.

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    The door is a particularly poor quality casting (maybe cast during WW2 for this 1946/47 machine?). On the left of the next two photos...
  47. Thread: Ball Pein Ecstasy

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    Alternative Shaping.

    I have a wood lathe but, like you, am not confident (and too inexperienced) to attempt an oval shape. But really, I should just get my A into G.

    I've only ever made two hammer handles (out of some...
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    MEM Woes – pt.1.

    While I've been procrastinating over finishing the reassembly of this buzzer, I've been working on refurbishing the switchgear. It came with MEM switchgear.

    The isolating switch is a “modern”...
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    What Era?

    So what is the right era?

    It had the second style of fence which appeared in the mid-1930s but was replaced by the RD style fence by 1950.

    A better indicator is the style of handwheel. The...
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    Parts - pt.4.

    It'll also need On/Off buttons.

    I acquired this off a damaged 1974 Wadkin CC.

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    Now freed-up, cleaned-up and painted. It would have once been labelled "Wadkin Controls" but that...
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