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  1. B&D Workmate - simple cheap solution to floppy legs problem

    I have a fix here using shock cord for the problem on the Black & Decker Workmate folding workstand where the plastic clips that hold the legs open get old, brittle and break, leaving the legs...
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    Nice to see people's air compressor cabinets. ...

    Nice to see people's air compressor cabinets.

    FF, I see you're not in the school of thought that glues foam inside as a sound deadener. It's been a while since reading up on it, so I forget the...
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    Easy fast improvement to drill press light

    My generic Asian type 1hp drill press (mine's a Hafco SPD-25A) has a cavity in the head casting behind the drill spindle, wired for a 240V light bulb. As originally supplied, it's a bit like a candle...
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    Graeme, don't worry checking further on the...

    Graeme, don't worry checking further on the magnets idea, at least on my account. The solution I have found with the shock cord works perfectly, is also extremely simple and is dirt cheap, so I see...
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    I just tried playing around with my one last...

    I just tried playing around with my one last remaining rare earth magnet (little square flat one from M&G, the local industrial suppliers). Last remaining one, because these magnets are very brittle,...
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    Dunno, those prices are in pounds, plus they want...

    Dunno, those prices are in pounds, plus they want a big postage fee. It's also not clear if you get one latch or 4.

    Really, for plastic spare parts like these, ideally the same guy who cuts keys...
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    Yeah, ok, if yours looks like mine in the photos,...

    Yeah, ok, if yours looks like mine in the photos, then that backs up my guess.

    Tell you what though, I called a well known tool shop in South Melb about getting spares of the plastic latches that...
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    Aah, that gave me a chuckle. Yeah, maybe ... so...

    Aah, that gave me a chuckle. Yeah, maybe ... so far my imagination isn't very stretched on how I'll use it. We'll see!
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    Mine looks like the equity traders already got...

    Mine looks like the equity traders already got stuck into it -- all pressed metal and plastic. You'd think these things would be all over Gumtree but actually there's not much to choose from.
    ...
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    Answering my own question here. I noticed that...

    Answering my own question here.

    I noticed that at the bottom of the thread are links to similar posts, one of which is a post 12 months ago about Workmate spares in Australia...
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    I found a copy of Scott Landis's "Workbench Book"...

    I found a copy of Scott Landis's "Workbench Book" a few years ago at the Lifeline Bookfair. Had forgotten it had a chapter on the Workmate -- I hadn't imagined I might end up with one.

    Anyhow, I...
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    I found a similar kind of spare parts website for...

    I found a similar kind of spare parts website for Workmates at
    https://www.toolsandpartsdirect.co.uk/spare-parts/black-decker-spare-parts/diy-tool-spare-parts/workmates-spare-parts

    This website...
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    Which B&D Workmate is this?

    I just bought a Black and Decker Workmate off Gumtree for $60 on the spur of the moment. Thought it would be useful on site.

    It turns out there's a lot of different Workmates (I don't know...
  14. Not all is lost with this thread. I'll admit that...

    Not all is lost with this thread. I'll admit that until this controversy I had never seriously looked at the timber market on this forum. I always went to the local speciality merchants.

    Now I...
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    Well that was an opportune catalogue promotion,...

    Well that was an opportune catalogue promotion, here at the end of the thread. Couldn't have been timed better. So I ordered one too (I did read BobL's post but yeah). Actually, it was $50 off, not...
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    I just looked further into the scenario of buying...

    I just looked further into the scenario of buying from Germany. The website testsieger.de linked by Ian above is an aggregator site that ranks prices on products. It turned up a cheaper price for the...
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    Vielleicht, ja, das könnte gut sein. Good...

    Vielleicht, ja, das könnte gut sein. Good thinking, to look at the German source product. Price is so low! Voltage is so 240! So schön!

    I really might have to go with that.
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    1) Trimmer routers: Following the Bosch trimmer...

    1) Trimmer routers: Following the Bosch trimmer router trail: In Australia you can buy a Bosch GMR 1 trimmer router, with 1/4" collet. In UK and Europe this is called a Bosch GKF 600 trimmer router,...
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    Ian, I can see the logic of that. Given that the...

    Ian, I can see the logic of that. Given that the range of routers here in Australia is so restricted, and really getting a 110V router (or two) is such a PITA (mostly because of the expensive...
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    Actually it was P.W.H. from over the Tasman that...

    Actually it was P.W.H. from over the Tasman that put us onto the Bosch GOF 1600. Yes I agree it looks nice.

    With the D4R, I had the same problem of buying it and then not using it, because what...
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    With regard to the laminate trimmers, if I'm...

    With regard to the laminate trimmers, if I'm going to invest in a dedicated router for the Leigh jig, then I would want to invest in something that can take the full range of dovetail (and...
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    I just don't know what these Makita 3601B routers...

    I just don't know what these Makita 3601B routers get used for -- they really are primitive -- generally speaking, who buys them? I don't think it would be a 'handyman' router - too expensive, and no...
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    Yes a US power tool will need a transformer. Post...

    Yes a US power tool will need a transformer. Post #6 has more info.
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    You're right. It doesn't look too bad. Currently...

    You're right. It doesn't look too bad. Currently $249. I can get the US router, which is much better spec, new for $275 I think, but then have to get the $300 transformer. I'm undecided, but leaning...
  25. Just looking at the Auspost Shopmate (in case...

    Just looking at the Auspost Shopmate (in case it's ok for a one-off purchase).


    How about this, I'm quoting from their website: "GST will be payable on:
    - The value of the item(s) you are...
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    Seems to be called a "Bosch GMR1" in Australia,...

    Seems to be called a "Bosch GMR1" in Australia, 1/4" collet, 550W. The problem I see with the trimmer routers is that the smaller Leigh router dovetail bits are 8mm shank, and the larger ones are...
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    It's a pity that for the $670 price, the Makita...

    It's a pity that for the $670 price, the Makita 3601B has no soft start or variable speed. Granted it's 'heavy duty' but that's more than necessary for a backshed dovetail jig router. It's primitive...
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    The only other one I can find myself is Axminster...

    The only other one I can find myself is Axminster in the UK sell a Bosch GMF 1600 CE 1/2" router, one of the supplied bodies is a fixed base; costs even more at $745 plus $102 postage, still peanuts...
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    Yes, close - 1000W, maybe that's enough,...

    Yes, close - 1000W, maybe that's enough, especially if you're not using the bigger dovetail bits? Nice it has a D-handle.

    Eye-watering price new $670 - although for Festool router owners that...
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    Any fixed-base router on Australian market?

    I'm looking for a fixed-base router like the DeWalt DW618 or Bosch 1617EVS, available on the US market, but I need 240V not 110V. These are 2.25HP (1680W) units with handles. Not lami trimmers.
    They...
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    White ants are such a marginalised species, its...

    White ants are such a marginalised species, its just wonderful what you're doing for their identity by celebrating their difference in this piece of wood.

    On the other hand, you could cut out the...
  32. I suppose it's a moot point (in the UK rather...

    I suppose it's a moot point (in the UK rather than US sense) -- but I'm inclined to think that the written information on the Department's website will be the more reliable answer, on balance of...
  33. On the other hand, I made an enquiry to Dept Home...

    On the other hand, I made an enquiry to Dept Home Affairs on Monday 02 July, and got the link I quoted above via this email response - so they were clearly directing me to information they regarded...
  34. Where are you getting this information from?...

    Where are you getting this information from? According to the Australian Government itself, for items under $1000, you won't pay GST at the border. However, the overseas retailer, if selling more...
  35. Masters got my trade because they had things like...

    Masters got my trade because they had things like the full range of grades and package sizes of Titebond wood glue at far, far cheaper prices than mail order from Carbatec, and the odd joy like a...
  36. I'm not sure if anyone has posted this Department...

    I'm not sure if anyone has posted this Department of Home Affairs link already - I don't think so

    https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/impo/buyi

    Buying over the internet

    Things you buy over...
  37. Here's my email that I've sent to my local MP: ...

    Here's my email that I've sent to my local MP:

    Subject: New GST rules began yesterday, nobody knows what is going on

    Dear Andrew

    There's been plenty of chatter over the weekend on the web...
  38. What Gerry Harvey was really asking for, and got,...

    What Gerry Harvey was really asking for, and got, was a tariff wall to protect Australian retail. The GST component may be justified, except that in reality the 'processing fee', which we don't even...
  39. The big unknown in this - also not answered by...

    The big unknown in this - also not answered by that accounting company's website that's been linked above (Penguin Management) - is the cost of the 'processing fee'. It's already 1st July, inside the...
  40. I use CorelDraw too, which is a 2D drawing...

    I use CorelDraw too, which is a 2D drawing package, but I don't use it for this purpose. The reason being, that rather than simply tracing a photo in 2D, the aim here is to make a 3D model. That 3D...
  41. Photomatching 3D CAD model to old photos for furniture reproduction - a method

    It occurred to me that my method for recreating old furniture and so on in 3D CAD by photomatching might be of interest to others. I've been doing this for years.

    The screenshots below show my...
  42. Chuck disassembly - unusual Jacobs on a Footprint 160A hand drill

    I've got a Footprint 160A hand drill ("Sheffield England") with an unusual Jacobs chuck on it , that I need to get apart for maintenance.

    By Googling I found these Footprint 160A drills date from...
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    Ferodo drilling and counterboring tool - a short user guide.

    I'll stop posting about this, I promise. But before I do, I'll pass on for posterity what I've learned about this little chuck, especially since it has never made it onto the web before. If I was to...
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    The brake shoe theory seems to check out correct....

    The brake shoe theory seems to check out correct.


    I found a little bit about such tools in a book "Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia", 1920 (Google Books). If anyone is going to...
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    repeated post - snafu - can't delete.

    repeated post - snafu - can't delete.
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    The pull-apart pics: (thread is left-handed)

    The pull-apart pics:
    (thread is left-handed)
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    Seems like a reasonable guess to me ... so it...

    Seems like a reasonable guess to me ... so it might be an old automotive tool, from the 1930s.

    It didn't show up at all on Google for me ... though they say we all get different results from...
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    As long as the bit is flat - which seems to be an...

    As long as the bit is flat - which seems to be an unusual feature of the device. The bit supplied is the same one, apparently, as the one in the patent drawing.



    Just got it apart after a few...
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    Ferodo Drilling Chuck - what is it for?

    I came across this in a box of rusty tools (see pics) - the body says "Ferodo Drilling Chuck" and on the opposite side, "Pat No. 431711 /1935 Made in England". The body is 26mm dia approx over the...
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    Hey Cal, thanks for the tips. Ok I'll try some...

    Hey Cal, thanks for the tips. Ok I'll try some out at Camera House, they apparently sell them (but for $60 more than the ebay guy - oh dear - I'll feel like a heel trying them out, taking their time,...
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