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  1. Basically, when Leonard Bailey selected the...

    Basically, when Leonard Bailey selected the threads he used on his planes, way back in the second half of the 1800s, there were no standard threads. Once standard threads were established, only one...
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    Before bondifill (or do you call it bondo in Oz?)...

    Before bondifill (or do you call it bondo in Oz?) imperfections in car panelwork were "leaded" - i.e. filled with lead and then filed to shape. I don't recall what the files were like but think they...
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    Too slow.

    Ahh, yes. That's the re-motor that intrigued me (was to be the second post on this thread - but it was past my bed time :B).

    Here you can see the original motor housing out back of the buzzer.
    ...
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    An Intriguing Re-Motor - Wadkin RA Buzzer.

    I came across photos of a Wadkin RA buzzer that had been remotored. I thought the way it was done was intriguing.

    But first a bit about the RA.

    I don't know when the 6" RA was introduced, but...
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    You guys should be proud of those Aussie made...

    You guys should be proud of those Aussie made planes.

    The Carters seem to be a bit rough (but with good irons), but the Falcon-Popes and Turners seem to be reasonably made planes. I have a couple...
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    Hi, and welcome. I don't think vintage chisels...

    Hi, and welcome.

    I don't think vintage chisels were ever made of A2 steel. The use of that steel is a more recent thing. Most vintage chisels were some variety of cast steel closely related to O1...
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    You're killing me wallace :o:U. BSW has 12...

    You're killing me wallace :o:U.

    BSW has 12 tpi. It's hard work, so I grunt as I do half a turn, then back it off a quarter turn, at a time. So 1" takes 24 grunts, 18 full turns clockwise, and 6...
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    Most RB surface planers are 2 hp. It's just the...

    Most RB surface planers are 2 hp. It's just the very early ones (like my RB 116) that have the smaller 1.5hp motor. I wondered if the single phase machine might have been treated as the poor cousin...
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    Work Holding - pt.2.

    A bit of studying of this picture...

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    ...and a bit of experimentation told me that to get 3 under the clamp, the central threaded rod needed to be 6" (152mm) long (which was the length...
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    I like the way you just get stuck in and rip the...

    I like the way you just get stuck in and rip the thing down in a day or two - unlike me. I tend to agonise over every detail. Of course this means that you will no doubt complete this long before I...
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    Oouch! :o:oo::o :C:C :~:~ I guess you're...

    Oouch! :o:oo::o :C:C :~:~

    I guess you're still talking to the carrier and his insurer?!

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Hi Sam. I don't recognise it (that doesn't...

    Hi Sam.

    I don't recognise it (that doesn't mean much :B). That view is of the back - is there anything on the other side that might give a clue? I wonder if it might be American - in which case...
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    Sheet 17 - pt.2.

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    That "sander" was a Wadkin JT disc and bobbin sander - JT 141 - according to the Machinery Record card from the Hutt Workshops, where it was sent to the Pattern Shop and allocated Hutt...
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    Work Holding.

    I was on night shift last week - it kills me - so I was looking for a job that doesn't require too much thinking for my few hours of awake time each day.

    I've been thinking about work holding....
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    And Some More Progress - Pt.7a.

    That was mid-February. I got some time off during lockdown (I'm an "essential" worker, but work levels tapered down such that I got to stay home for three weeks - 'though I'm back now) and had time...
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    Sheet 17 - pt.1.

    And now for the final sheet - page 17.

    Just five woodworking machines: 4 No. saw benches from Thos. Robinson & Son Ltd. and a sander from Wadkin & Co.

    Photo of original document page.

    473169...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.7.

    Another bunch of buzzers on sheet #16 are ten "Machines planing & jointing" this time from Preston Woodworking Machinery Co. Ltd. of Ontario, Canada.


    472737

    Of the ten, one went to Wellington...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.6.

    And a final note on Thos. Robinson & Sons Ltd. products - I see they supplied a "Crosscut saw bench automatic" to Specification 242.

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    Further up the page I see Wadkin & Co. supplied 2...
  19. Thread: Wadkin RB Buzzer

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    Way back on page 3 of this thread I wrote: ...

    Way back on page 3 of this thread I wrote:

    Well, I'd never heard of The Luton Tool Company, so when this "bench" buzzer showed up recently, I thought I'd record it for posterity - or as a...
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    Jack uses an SKF grease - I don't recall it's...

    Jack uses an SKF grease - I don't recall it's exact name, but I think it's available from SFK bearing agents.

    The Maintenance Instructions for my Wadkin PK specify:
    Grease: Wadkin Grade L.6...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.5.

    And again from Thos. Robinson & Son Ltd are four "Machines planing, jointing & surfacing".

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    One went to Auckland for the Otahuhu Workshops, the other three to Lyttleton for the Addington...
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    You could most likely get away with sealed...

    You could most likely get away with sealed bearings. Even if they were ever so slightly out of alignment - with the amount of use you'll give it (I'm assuming it's for recreational use) they would...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.4.

    Further machines supplied by Thos. Robinson & Son Ltd are four "Machines H.D. boring & recessing" (H.D. = Heavy Duty)

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    One went to each of the four workshops. The Hutt Workshops machine...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.3b.

    I forgot about the tilting table :doh:. That would definitely make it "considered obsolete".

    I managed to get a better resolution copy of the early Pattern Shop photo. So this...

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    Sheet 16 - pt.3.

    Also on this sheet are three "Saw benches 2 spindle dimension" supplied by Thos. Robinson & Son Ltd.

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    One went to the Hutt Workshops (Wellington) and was installed in the Pattern Shop in...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.2.

    Back on Sheet #12 there was a listing for 5 No. "Drills Vertical Heavy" supplied by Frederick Town & Sons (spelt wrong on that sheet)

    472660 From Sheet #12

    This sheet (#16) contains a further...
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    Sheet 16 - pt.1.

    Photo of original document page.

    472633

    Transcribed sheet.

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    472632

    Now that's more like it, with plenty of woodworking machinery :2tsup:.
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    I sympathise with the puller. I lack one and had...

    I sympathise with the puller. I lack one and had to leave both bandsaw wheels on their shafts.

    That should be an easy job. Penetrating oil on the thread for a couple of days (looks like you may...
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    Beautiful. Great workmanship. But... those...

    Beautiful. Great workmanship. But... those beautiful covers hide too much of that beautiful saw (IMHO).

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Sheet 15.

    Mostly machinery for the black trades here, with boilermaking, blacksmithing and foundry gear.

    Photo of original document page.

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    Transcribed sheet.

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    Sheet 14.

    Photo of original document page.

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    Transcribed sheet.

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    No woodworking machines on sheet #15 either :~.
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    Aha. I stand corrected (and will edit my previous...

    Aha. I stand corrected (and will edit my previous post accordingly).

    However, it's apparent that the AB/RB in question would not be one of these, as an AB would not fit the description of Planer,...
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    The way those bungy cords work is very clever. ...

    The way those bungy cords work is very clever.

    But I think you should reconsider this suggestion:
    It sounds a whole lot simpler.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Sheet 13 - pt.2.

    In addition to the Machinery Record cards, each workshops had a master index of all machinery - I the case of the Hutt Workshops it's a big leatherbound foolscap book, so thumbed-through over the...
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    :aro-u: Double post :q (I did a triple one...

    :aro-u: Double post :q (I did a triple one recently, when my smartphone kept telling me the post had failed - but it hadn't :doh:).

    I think your angle is too light. Having worked in rail for far...
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    I have a Stanley No.8 with the same problem - but...

    I have a Stanley No.8 with the same problem - but I bought it like that - for spare parts. The seller insisted it could be repaired.

    He's right BUT:
    - you risk the plane distorting from the heat...
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    Sheet 13 - pt.1.

    This sheet includes a Wilson Bros. "Post wood borer"; a "Panel Planer & Thicknesser" and a "Saw Bench" from Thos. Robinson; another "Planer Bench" from Wadkin & Co.; a "Wood Trimmer" from Modern...
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    Sheet 12.

    Another sheet bereft of woodworking machinery.


    Photo of original document page.

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    Transcribed sheet.

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    Sheet 11.

    A shed load more travelling cranes. None at 12 tonne capacity (= 11.8 tons) that I can see. I suspect the bright yellow 12 tonne crane pictured in a previous post is a more recent machine.

    Not...
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    Sheet 10 - pt.3.

    They had one of those in the Pattern Shop at Hutt Workshops too. According the the main register at Hutt Workshops, it was RB 109 and was "scrapped" when the Pattern Shop closed in 1987. The...
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    You could try Evaporust soaked paper towels - but...

    You could try Evaporust soaked paper towels - but I wouldn't bother trying to get it much brighter. Remember, the higher you polish it, the more the dark low spots will stand out. You've got the rust...
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    I used to be a steam train enthusiast, and I've...

    I used to be a steam train enthusiast, and I've worked in rail for 47 years, so i tend to remember rail related stuff - but I also have books, notes and photos. Now that I've developed an interest in...
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    Sheet 10 - pt.2.

    Two of these cranes, supplied by Sir Wm. Arrol & Co. Ltd., of Glasgow, went to each of the locomotive workshops at Hutt (Wellington) and Hillside (Dunedin).

    At Hutt Workshops one went into the...
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    Thanks Clear out. A bloke I know in the New...

    Thanks Clear out.

    A bloke I know in the New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Soc. (a railway and historical enthusiasts group) alerted me to the Bulletin article. I figured the photo was probably...
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    Sheet 10 - pt.1.

    More offerrings from woodworking machine makers Thos. Robinson & Son, Thos. White & Sons Ltd., Wadkin & Co. and J. Pickles & Sons.

    Photo of original document page.

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    Sheet 9 - pt.2.

    A further 5 from Thos. Robinson & Son, and Wadkin & Co. get their first successes with 4 machines.

    Of interest are a number of Canadian manufacturers, General Combustion Co. (3 metalworking...
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    Sheet 9 - pt.1.

    More metalworking machines. But also a 4-sider, some spindle moulders, saws, bandsaws and sanders - for us woodworkers.

    Photo of original document page.

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    Transcribed sheet.

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    Sheet 8.

    More metalworking machines: grinding machines, shaping machines, planing machines, nut tapping machines, more engine lathes and vertical boring machines - but still nothing for us woodworkers.
    ...
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    Sheet 7.

    Here we go: engine lathes, turret lathes, wheel lathes, vertical boring machines and slotting machines - but nothing for us woodworkers.

    Photo of original document page.

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    Transcribed...
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    Sheet 6.

    Again, nothing for us woodworkers.

    Photo of original document page.

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    Transcribed sheet.

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