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    Leo probably could have got away with filing...

    Leo probably could have got away with filing three sides of the lead screw to leave a more or less threadless point, which would still give him a centre point but virtually nil aggression.
    The...
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    E. caesia Silver Princess

    Hi all,
    I've resurrected this thread on the off chance that more info is available.
    I helped my neighbour tidy up this 15 YO Silver Princess that collapsed a few days ago. The stump is about 260mm...
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    MA, is there any other branding on your bits...

    MA, is there any other branding on your bits other than mainbor and endbor? Without having any examples I'd assume they're made by the same outfit and the brands allude to the manufacturers purpose...
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    WANTED:WA Thanks to all that responded to this request, I...

    Thanks to all that responded to this request, I have now managed to accumulate a set of six 9/16" fencers bits. I would have preferred 1/2" for authenticity but the 9/16 will do just fine.
    Cheers,...
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    Hi Blackout, An essential piece of kit back in...

    Hi Blackout,
    An essential piece of kit back in the day for cutting leather pump washers, gaskets and the like. Often found with one knife missing because users found it more accurate to cut the...
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    1" diameter Rob Cheers, Geoff.

    1" diameter Rob
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Mortising tool.

    This one of mine by the Grand Rapids Sash Pulley Co, uses left and right hand centre bits, sadly missing one of the left handers. I've also seen one with five bits. Cheers,
    Geoff.
  8. Thread: Log tongs

    by Boringgeoff
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    VICTORIA AB1 asked for some photos, so here you go mate. I...

    AB1 asked for some photos, so here you go mate. I haven't used it for years and had to hunt out a "D" shackle to show how it connected to the lifting chains. The company I contracted to banned me...
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    [QUOTE=BobL;2173474]One theory was they crawl up...

    [QUOTE=BobL;2173474]One theory was they crawl up old timers noses and nose hairs are really flies legs dangling down.

    And I thought the buzzing noise when I'm trimming my nose hairs was the sound...
  10. I have been thinking about my post No 437 and...

    I have been thinking about my post No 437 and FF's at 439. At 90 kmh the truck would take two minutes to cover 3 km, the engine is a Caterpillar 3208, 8 cylinders and 10.4 litre displacement. At 90...
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    February in Karratha is the worst time of the...

    February in Karratha is the worst time of the year for flies, As soon as daylight starts to appear they are in your eyes, mouth and nostrils in their thousands, you breathe them in, they're all over...
  12. I have been following this conversation with...

    I have been following this conversation with interest and appreciate all contributors for your interesting views. Up to now I've not commented because I don't think I have the intellect to add...
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    Valid point Poundy, but I checked "likes" and I'm...

    Valid point Poundy, but I checked "likes" and I'm not there which means I didn't see Kryns first instalment in October due to being away on holiday. I've "liked" it this time because it made me grin....
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    Ian, I don't know if Adjustable Friction Roller...

    Ian, I don't know if Adjustable Friction Roller (AFR) is an original Millers Falls term or coined by the author of the Old Tool Heaven site, I would assume the roller is adjusted to minimal to nil...
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    G'day Martin, The last photo in your original...

    G'day Martin,
    The last photo in your original post in conjunction with these latest two photos show that the drill would have had the adjustable friction roller (AFR) as sketched in the link...
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    The Lone Ranger rode up to a bar on Silver...

    The Lone Ranger rode up to a bar on Silver climbed down and as he walked past raised Silvers tail and kissed him on the clacker. A cowboy saw this action and asked why? Lone Ranger said "I've got...
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    WANTED:WA Col, I should start a new thread in the Hand...

    Col, I should start a new thread in the Hand Tools Forum and I will eventually up date the thread in the Metalwork Forum, in the meantime: The new version of the boring machine is contained in a...
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    WANTED:WA Col, I'm going to cut the tang off them too, the...

    Col, I'm going to cut the tang off them too, the critical dimensions are 1/2" dia' and 9 1/2" (230mm) of twist, I've got a couple of ring style but they don't have long enough twist.
    I've attached a...
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    Chesand, did you mean wouldn't get away with that...

    Chesand, did you mean wouldn't get away with that today?
    Many years ago I walked into the office of my employer, slapped $50 on the counter and said to the office manager "Kathryn, how many...
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    WANTED:WA Thanks for looking through your collection Huon,...

    Thanks for looking through your collection Huon, I thought this would be a fairly easily filled request, but no, the bits must be a lot scarcer than I thought. I've got about 7 -8 Fencers bits but...
  21. Thread: On Safari

    by Boringgeoff
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    Phil, you missed that as a guest on a safari...

    Phil, you missed that as a guest on a safari Benny would probably not be permitted to carry a rifle.
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    Rusty, in response to your original post, I've...

    Rusty, in response to your original post, I've never faced the bushfire horror we are seeing so graphically on tv and in the papers and I believe you being at Bilpin have already endured. We have...
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    WANTED:WA Fencers auger bits.

    I'm looking for some auger bits to complete a fence post boring machine replica I am making.
    Specifications: 1/2" Dia, Scotch type fencing bits 230mm (approx) of twist, coarse lead screw. Lower...
  24. Thread: Id.

    by Boringgeoff
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    Id.

    I went into centrelink to apply for the age pension but unfortunately forgot to take my ID to prove that I was eligible. The helpful lady behind the counter asked me to unbutton my shirt, which I...
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    Spot on Bob, and NEITHER party has the balls to...

    Spot on Bob, and NEITHER party has the balls to go after them.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Good one Kryn, you should be awarded JOKE OF THE...

    Good one Kryn, you should be awarded JOKE OF THE YEAR for that.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Wm Marples & Sons had a brand J. Dixon, but as...

    Wm Marples & Sons had a brand J. Dixon, but as they were based in Sheffield perhaps "London" makes this observation irrelevant?
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    If you can drive the shaft back out of the...

    If you can drive the shaft back out of the bearing with a drift, you might be surprised how little you have to file the shaft down to make it fit properly. Get a black marker pen and colour the shaft...
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    Good old Marble Bar, I've had a few coldies in...

    Good old Marble Bar, I've had a few coldies in the "Ironclad" over the years.
    Attended the centenary of the dedication of the memorial to WW1 diggers at Brookhampton yesterday. 40+ C but there is a...
  30. I've been retired for 12 years but long before...

    I've been retired for 12 years but long before that bureaucracy was going mad. In the case of Pauls dozer driving mate times previously the WPHS guy could have thought "I'll ignore he's not wearing a...
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    Ian, I'm completely in awe of the speed that your...

    Ian, I'm completely in awe of the speed that your projects get done. Thanks for this enjoyable journey.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Alex, indicator on and go is what I experienced...

    Alex, indicator on and go is what I experienced in Sydney the first time I drove there in 1981. On our way back from NZ hired a car at Sydney airport to visit friends up in the Snowys. Prior to going...
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    A few years ago did a refurb' of a shed including...

    A few years ago did a refurb' of a shed including disposing of asbestos sheeting at the tip. Carefully wrapped in heavy black plastic stacked on a pallet and on the back of my ute. Got to the tip and...
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    Good one(s) Kenny, I was hoping that more would...

    Good one(s) Kenny, I was hoping that more would come to light. I suppose the lack of a patent on them suggests that they may be later than the Wm. Marples. Ridgeway and Mathieson must have seen some...
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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.
  45. Thread: Fairy Ring

    by Boringgeoff
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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.
  47. Thread: Fairy Ring

    by Boringgeoff
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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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