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    No I wasn't embarrassed Ian, I read your comment...

    No I wasn't embarrassed Ian, I read your comment on the state of the lead screw, had a look at the photo and agreed it does look a bit rough, and I could see your point. The photo is larger than life...
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    Ian, I've been looking at your posts for a long...

    Ian, I've been looking at your posts for a long time and am absolutely certain that you know infinitely more than I do about sharpening every kind of tool. The reason that scotch bit made it onscreen...
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    I've added a photo of Cox's and a Scotch bit side...

    I've added a photo of Cox's and a Scotch bit side by side in the unlikely scenario that a reader of this thread is unfamiliar with auger bits.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Raking and burning leaves a few years ago I lost...

    Raking and burning leaves a few years ago I lost my glasses, found them the next day in the ashes. Dead. Since then I've worn a Granny string around my neck, no more lost glasses.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Well what a coincidence, I had a similar...

    Well what a coincidence, I had a similar conversation with a friend yesterday. His father, well over 50 years ago in England, was working on a machine boring pilings for a wharf, the machine would...
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    Could you reverse the position of the tubes so...

    Could you reverse the position of the tubes so the larger diameter is attached to the spinner and the thinner tube to the railing? That way you may be able to extend a bolt thread up through a...
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    Thanks Paul and Mark, unfortunately I didn't get...

    Thanks Paul and Mark, unfortunately I didn't get as much info' from the man I spoke to as I should've, hand or machine driven, single size or variable etc. This last one by Amos Gosper looks quite...
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    Reverse taper bit.

    Attended the Seniors Have a Go Day at Burswood yesterday, an elderly gent described a drill bit for putting a reverse flare in the bottom of a blind hole. Basically you bore a hole, lets say 3/4" dia...
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    Cox's Patent Auger Bit,

    In 1903 Edward Thomas Cox of Yering, Victoria, received a patent for an improved wood boring auger.(Aus' Pat 13195) He also patented his auger in Great Britain, France and 1905 USA which is shown...
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    A.C.T. Braces and bits arrived safely this morning,...

    Braces and bits arrived safely this morning, thankyou Graham.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  11. Thread: Fairy Ring

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    Thanks Twosheds, I had considered digging out...

    Thanks Twosheds,
    I had considered digging out and replacing the top soil and your advice has reinforced that idea. There are a couple of other irregular shaped patches but the one pictured is the...
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    Nothing in the McPhersons cat's sorry. Geoff.

    Nothing in the McPhersons cat's sorry.
    Geoff.
  13. Thread: Fairy Ring

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    Fairy ring?

    I thought I'd tack this query on here. I've seen fairy rings, as Mark describes, in NZ when I was a kid. This a fairy ring, about a meter in diameter, but no mushrooms available, it's slowly killing...
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    Being German made I wonder if the "A" cast in the...

    Being German made I wonder if the "A" cast in the frame refers to Ahrems Goodline? McPhersons listed some of their tools in pre WW2 catalogues, I'll have a look when I go up to the shed.
    Cheers,...
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    Changing his name.

    I recently heard that a fellow I grew up with had been to court to have his name changed. The magistrate asked him what his name is "Freddy Stinx your honour." "Well I can't say I blame you wanting...
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    I rebuilt a '38 Chev a few years ago, did a panel...

    I rebuilt a '38 Chev a few years ago, did a panel beating course where I learnt lead wiping as IanW explained. Sold the Chev but I've still got the body file, in this case by Sykes-Pickavent of...
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    If you pee in your eye, excited.

    If you pee in your eye, excited.
  18. A farmer in NZ who I worked for in the mid 60's...

    A farmer in NZ who I worked for in the mid 60's had a plough made by Clough.
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    A.C.T. PM sent.

    PM sent.
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    A.C.T. Hi Graham, I'll take all the braces and bits,...

    Hi Graham, I'll take all the braces and bits, subject to you being able to package them securely and safely (sharp pointy bits) for postage to WA. Are you including the washer cutters and expansive...
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    Well may you waste valuable time using the Groan...

    Well may you waste valuable time using the Groan button 2rRs, but I'll have you know that joke and the one about Grandmas biscuits are family heirlooms. My mothers old Aunt Dolly loved jokes and I...
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    Hi Brady, I recently purchased a canopy for my...

    Hi Brady,
    I recently purchased a canopy for my ute which I have suspended from the roof of my shed for the same reason as you, I don't want to use it all the time. I measured the distance between...
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    The friction control on your drill is quite...

    The friction control on your drill is quite interesting. In 1896 Walter Fifield was awarded a US patent (US 555,442) for a chain drill which uses a friction device to control the amount of drive...
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    After we got to Grandmas.

    About 65 years ago we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa, at afternoon tea Grandma got out a big tray of biscuits she'd just baked. Later that day on the way home Dad commented the biscuits were that...
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    On the way to Grandmas.

    About 65 years ago we went to visit Grandma and Grandpa, we were on a gravel road, just through an intersection and we got a puncture. After Dad changed the wheel Mum looked at him and said "didn't...
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    Our science master at high school in NZ in the...

    Our science master at high school in NZ in the early 60's was Ron Walton. One of his projects was a paint tin with a candle and small funnel inside. The funnel had a tube out the side connected to a...
  27. Thread: Post Drill

    by Boringgeoff
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    Thanks Gaza, I should have said Morse square...

    Thanks Gaza, I should have said Morse square taper and in fact probably shouldn't even have said Morse. Just a square taper and could well be uniqe to the drill manufacturer.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  28. Thread: Respect.

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    Respect.

    I was advised to always treat my wife as I did on our first date. This evening I'm taking her out to dinner and later dropping her back at her parents place.
  29. Thread: Post Drill

    by Boringgeoff
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    Thanks for that info CT and Vann. I checked the...

    Thanks for that info CT and Vann. I checked the thread of the shaft holding the hand wheel, it's 3/4" 10tpi and the nut runs up a 3/4 UNC tap quite easily. As it would a Whit' tap too I imagine but...
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    Took it out of the vise, upended it and quite...

    Took it out of the vise, upended it and quite surprised to find a square hole in the chuck rather than the expected round hole. The hole is tapered and pretty rusty and scaly, tried to fit a No1...
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    ATAATM All The Above Apply To Me.

    ATAATM
    All The Above Apply To Me.
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    Hi Kenny, When I get one of those I hold the...

    Hi Kenny,
    When I get one of those I hold the frame in the vise so that the handle is vertical and as Ian said get a bit of solvent into it. After its soaked in a bit start rotating it back and...
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    Hi Raff, My interest in James Chapman is with...

    Hi Raff,
    My interest in James Chapman is with their line of braces but of course any info about the company is relevant. The UK group Tools And Trades History Society (TATHS) latest newsletter (No...
  34. Thread: Post Drill

    by Boringgeoff
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    Hi Graham, We've been away for a week, I'm...

    Hi Graham,
    We've been away for a week, I'm looking forward to having a look at it today. The blue hue is from the penetrant I've used to try and free it up. It's rusted solid but I did manage to get...
  35. Thread: Post Drill

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    Post Drill

    Hi, I've just been given this post drill, rusted solid. I can't find any ID on it apart from 2189 cast onto the top of the advance wheel. As a guide to the size of this brute the hand wheel is 19IN...
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    A bit more exercise splitting firewood for winter...

    A bit more exercise splitting firewood for winter 2021.
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    So can cockeyed bob. I remember a few years a go...

    So can cockeyed bob. I remember a few years a go a bloke named Bob had his eyelid torn off in an industrial accident and the plastic surgeon replaced it with a piece of his foreskin. Some people knew...
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    I think "cockeyed bob" tended to be used by the...

    I think "cockeyed bob" tended to be used by the older generation perhaps but Bill ,who was probably born about 1915, also used willy-willy in a similar context to the quote from the third contributor...
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    Ministerial contemplation.

    This is a story my old workmate Bill told me a long time ago.
    In his youth in the 1930's he contemplated joining the church as a minister, but couldn't decide which church to join. In the town...
  40. Thread: Best Sheds

    by Boringgeoff
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    On the subject of colorbond fading my original...

    On the subject of colorbond fading my original shed was built in 2005 and has faded a lot more than the lean to which I added in 2006. Both supplied by the same company, I've forgotten who, but not...
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    Kenny, I've got one very similar, clearly marked...

    Kenny, I've got one very similar, clearly marked "SKINNER MADE IN SHEFFIELD ENGLAND". There are three differences from mine to yours, there's an oil hole on the housing between the chuck and the...
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    I've not previously taken much notice of the...

    I've not previously taken much notice of the thread characteristics of the thumbscrews of Spofford braces, so to now say I'm a bit confused is an understatement. I've got a few ranging from early...
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    Kenny, I've never seen that feature before....

    Kenny,
    I've never seen that feature before.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've got a couple missing as well, haven't...

    I've got a couple missing as well, haven't attempted to make a replacement. I think they're about 7/16" 14tpi.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  45. Thread: Any ideas?

    by Boringgeoff
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    This guy reckons that's what it is YouTube...

    This guy reckons that's what it is YouTube
  46. Thread: Shed Time

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    That reminds me of the time my mates missus came...

    That reminds me of the time my mates missus came home and said "I've won lotto so pack your bags" old mate says "Yee har where're we going?" she says "I don't care, just get out!"
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    Great job, I can almost hear it running. Here in...

    Great job, I can almost hear it running. Here in WA we call that a "pig" trailer and you've got the long drawbar so you can jack-knife and tip the truck without unhitching.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Kenny, that style of brace was originally...

    Kenny, that style of brace was originally patented by Nelson Spofford in 1859 in the USA (US Pat 25984) In this patent he states "A slot, a, is cut into it, which divides said socket into two jaws,...
  49. Thread: Log tongs

    by Boringgeoff
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    VICTORIA I made a 44 gal'drum lifter many years ago....

    I made a 44 gal'drum lifter many years ago. Scissor style out of 100mm x 12mm mild steel flat bar. I imagine your logs are going to be heaps heavier than a 44 though?
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've never seen one with the wide slot like that...

    I've never seen one with the wide slot like that before, looks as if its been sawn?
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