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    Thanks for your kind words Henry. I just wish my...

    Thanks for your kind words Henry. I just wish my skills with a camera (or phone in this case) were better. Too many out-of-focus shots - but hopefully enough detail to get the idea. My other regret...
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    Rotating the Head.

    With Chris's help we then turned the head (and spindle) 90 degrees, from vertical to horizontal, anti clockwise. I believe it will also rotate the other way, but we didn’t try that.

    Head with...
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    Hi Ian. If I recall correctly, it's you that has...

    Hi Ian. If I recall correctly, it's you that has a beautiful Record No.02ss :tool::thumbsup::fireworks:

    I might get around to turning it into a working tool one day - maybe with modified No.3...
  4. China and Colin are right - a frankenplane will...

    China and Colin are right - a frankenplane will have greatly reduced resale value.

    Nevertheless it would be an interesting exercise. If rumours are true and Luban, Woodriver and Quangsheng planes...
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    Broken Record.

    I bought a Record No.02 in similar condition some 5 or so years ago. It was in with a handful of woodies. When I picked them up the seller said he'd forgotten to throw the broken metal plane in the...
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    Sometimes... 460896 :; Cheers, Vann.

    Sometimes...

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    :;

    Cheers, Vann.
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    I went and checked out that thread on OWWM. In it...

    I went and checked out that thread on OWWM. In it I found a better pikkie (with thanks to celeriac for posting).



    There's a lot of good Wadkin info in that thread, posted by Aillison - but as...
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    Would that be this list Henry? You posted this on...

    Would that be this list Henry? You posted this on CWW back in January this year, copied from a post on OWWM.

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    Then there's this one, also posted by you in January.

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    I wonder...
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    Tilting The Neck.

    Next I tried tilting the neck (or arm), of the machine. There is approximately 10 degrees of upward movement, and maybe 25-30 degrees downward.

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    These adjustments...
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    The Table.

    Chris allowed me to have a tinker with the woodworker (as well as kindly allowing me to take photographs, and to post them on forums).

    First the table: the table has x, y and z movements. These...
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    WW 620, of 1925.

    To me, this machine is special because it was the mechanical woodworker, one of Wadkins first designs, that launched Wadkin as an innovative company. It is also special because this appears to be...
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    Two Current Woodworkers.

    Thanks Henry. You beat me to it.

    And there's this one in a boatyard in Auckland.

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    460604 Excuse the fuzzy phone photo:B.

    Henry, is the Brisbane Mechanical Woodworker in the Ipswich...
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    Books and Catalogue Cuts.

    On 31st December, 2013, Henry wrote:
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    Here's a cut Camo posted (on CWW) on 7th April, 2014, from his 1922 catalogue:
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    Wadkin WW Mechanical Woodworker

    I was going to add info to Henry's thread https://www.woodworkforums.com/f163/wadkin-pattern-mill-c1911-168338?highlight=woodworker but the Mechanical Woodworker is a slightly different machine from...
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    I'm sorry to hear that Hardenfast. It's a bugger...

    I'm sorry to hear that Hardenfast. It's a bugger when your plans/dreams hit the rocks.

    I'll hit retiring age in under 15 months - but I won't be allowed to retire then as I have teenage daughters,...
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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...
  40. 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...
  41. 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...
  49. Thread: 20amp Question

    by Vann
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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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