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    Nice work. The lettering looks pretty damn good...

    Nice work. The lettering looks pretty damn good to me. Tell him he's being fussy :q.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Odd Shank Sizes.

    My router is a Makita 3620 - probably 20 years old, 1000w.

    I once broke a 1/4" shank bit - pushing too hard I guess. The manual said it would take maximum 3/8" shank, but 8mm collets were also...
  3. Thread: Wadkin RB Buzzer

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    Rb 644.

    Another to add - again in the UK.

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    The On/Off pushbuttons have gone, and the original switchgear is no longer in use - replaced by a more modern starter. Note all the wiring is now...
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    I Found the Video.

    I found it! I knew I'd taken a video of it - I found it on my phone where it's been hiding for a couple of years.

    White SO Saw - YouTube

    Sorry about the poor quality and focus :B.

    Cheers,...
  5. Any idea whether those are new cracks (occurring...

    Any idea whether those are new cracks (occurring at the same time as the blade failures) or older cracks? It looks like there may be paint in that crack shown - but hard to be sure.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    You don't say where "here" is: :no: Your...

    You don't say where "here" is: :no:

    Your location is "n/a". You mention USD, so I assume you might be in the States, but as this is an Aussie forum you would be more helpful if you clarified your...
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    The other thing to consider is the hertz. US (and...

    The other thing to consider is the hertz. US (and Canada) have 60hz, whereas most of the rest of the world use 50hz, so your motor will run at 5/6th of the speed indicated on the American market...
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    I've not seen that website before. I use the Rex...

    I've not seen that website before. I use the Rex Mill guide, but I don't seem to be able to get into that site at present (otherwise I'd have put up a link).

    As for the broken frog - if you want...
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    You might try a PM to Melbourne Matty -...

    You might try a PM to Melbourne Matty - L.S.Barker1970 on this forum. He runs some square head machines.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    I have the Wadkin equivalent. And for the same...

    I have the Wadkin equivalent. And for the same reasons - but I had to pay $50 for mine (still a good price).

    499349 Mine.

    499350 From a Wadkin catalogue.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Your post is the first one in this thread for 7...

    Your post is the first one in this thread for 7 years. It's likely that many of the posters have moved on. Hopefully someone with a Tanner saw combo will reply, but if not try searching Trademe (New...
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    You probably need to explain to any northern...

    You probably need to explain to any northern hemisphere formites that this is made 'down-under'.

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    In the northern hemisphere they're used to having 'LOW' below 'HIGH' :D.


    But...
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    T'other Side.

    I managed to nag my nephew into sending me a couple more pictures.

    499116 Saw retracted (back position).

    499141 Saw fully extended (forward position).

    I'm not sure what those lose wires...
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    Tags.

    A little more info gleaned from my nephew (who's storing the saw).

    The machine tag:

    498991 Ref No. M23247F1.

    And the motor tag:

    498992
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    Any chance of photos? Cheers, Vann.

    Any chance of photos?

    Cheers, Vann.
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    I don't know, but I'm not sure this is a real...

    I don't know, but I'm not sure this is a real swing saw - or more likely it's a double swing saw, with the bottom arms to counter the swing of the top arm. This would also balance the effect of...
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    Catalogue Cuts.

    Here's a photograph of the relevant pages from a catalogue held at the NZ Timber Museum, SH1 Putaruru.

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    And a brochure from Scott & Sargent's website.
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    Cheers, Vann.
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    I wish I knew. I'm in Wellington, 700km away from...

    I wish I knew. I'm in Wellington, 700km away from where it's stored, and I won't get to fondle it until November :C.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Thos. White SO "Rapid Crosscut Saw"

    This weekend I became the owner of a White SO saw.
    498916 498917 Seller's photos.

    Bought unseen, with just a couple of photos from the LH side. The seller said it takes a 16" blade - which...
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    I'd suggest that crack, being located where it...

    I'd suggest that crack, being located where it is, won't affect its performance. However, I suspect it will slowly extend with heavy work until the tote section breaks away from the rest of the...
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    I suppose the original comments would be true if...

    I suppose the original comments would be true if comparing a modern (post-1990) Stanley Bailey or Record with a modern Clifton or Lie-Nielsen bedrock style plane.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Fitting Frogs.

    Hi Brett.

    Now that the frog has arrived, you'll need to fit it to ensure best performance of your plane.

    Place the frog on it's seat on the base casting. it should be supported at the back and...
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    Typo Alert!

    That's a 2-1/4" iron.

    Cheers, Vann - who likes the ye olde terms, so:

    "Cutting Iron" (or just "Iron") is the blade (although I think Record referred to the 'iron' as the 'cutter');
    "Cap Iron"...
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    I think it says "All degrees marked off correct"...

    I think it says "All degrees marked off correct" - so I would guess that means they checked that the degrees marked on the table were marked correctly (in the correct places) - remembering that each...
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    AC or DC.

    PK 105.

    The very first PK made - PK 105, test 5695, which completed 2 days of testing on 8th February, 1928 - fully 20 weeks before PK 106. Gleaning what I can from the handwritten test sheets,...
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    Knurled steel knob on the rip fence adjuster...

    Knurled steel knob on the rip fence adjuster means Gen 1 or Gen 2. Wide blade flask, means Gen 2. And I think it has wooden lip on the sliding table - another feature introduced with Gen 2 PKs.
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    Hah, 'others' can't count. With Wadkin starting...

    Hah, 'others' can't count. With Wadkin starting most model at #105, that makes it the sixth PK.

    105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 = 6 :D.

    Cheers, Vann.
  28. Ah, or course. When I said I didn't think thicker...

    Ah, or course. When I said I didn't think thicker irons were worth the bother, I wasn't considering your really hard woods.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    It's perfectly obvious Geoff: it's for Brett...

    It's perfectly obvious Geoff: it's for Brett Smudge of Smudge Road...

    Sorry Brett - not trying to take the mickey. Just protecting your privacy (with a little humour along the way).

    Cheers, ...
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    Ready to go. Just got to sort out some issues...

    Ready to go. Just got to sort out some issues with NZ Post.

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    Sorry it's taken so long.

    Cheers, Vann.
  31. Another alternative is to add a blob of braze to...

    Another alternative is to add a blob of braze to the end of the lever, and file to shape.

    I've found fitting a 3mm/3.175mm thiick iron into an old plane is more trouble than it's worth. I've had...
  32. Thread: Wadkin MA

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    Are they painted blue and white? :D Cheers, ...

    Are they painted blue and white? :D

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Gaza, could you check your tag - you may be a...

    Gaza, could you check your tag - you may be a PKQ. Although I reckon your birthday is more like your 'test' date. I suspect you were ordered up to 9 months earlier (to give your castings a chance to...
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    Bigger Tables.

    I knew they made them with left hand (sliding) table extensions...

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    And I knew they made them with right hand (fixed) table extensions...

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    I knew they made them with both left...
  35. Thread: Wadkin MA

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    Well done on getting the MA :cool:. ...

    Well done on getting the MA :cool:.

    Unfortunately your first 8 photos aren't showing. It would be great if you could try again - before 24 hours are up and you can no longer edit. Looking forward...
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    The first PKQ was ordered in 1958 (21st October)....

    The first PKQ was ordered in 1958 (21st October). There's no info on when it was completed.

    Twelve days later 24 PKs were ordered. Three further batches were ordered for a total of 112 PKs (or 111...
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    A type 11 No.5 1/2 would be the narrower (2 1/4")...

    A type 11 No.5 1/2 would be the narrower (2 1/4") width of No.5 1/2 plane. I think Stanley changed their No.5 1/2 to the standard width (2 3/8") about 1935 - just before they acquired JA Chapman and...
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    I think what you're looking for might be found...

    I think what you're looking for might be found next to hens teeth. At the very minimum you'll probably need to buy the whole lever cap, but more likely a parts plane (a damaged or incomplete 2nd hand...
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    Frog Pikkies.

    Here are pictures of the frog.

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    Let me know it you still want it.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    When you do catch up, any and all PK photos...

    When you do catch up, any and all PK photos gratefully accepted - with an extra helping of gratitude if there's a clear tag photo :q.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Hi H. Have you still got your red PK - PKA...

    Hi H.

    Have you still got your red PK - PKA 785?

    According to the batch list for PKs it was part of the same batch as my PKA 800. Batch #A 2117, for 24 PKs (PKs 779 to 802) was ordered on 31...
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    Dubrosa22 Wants Pictures.

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    Me too !!!

    I've never seen a PKQ. I'd never even heard of one will I got the batch list.

    So if you've got pictures for me.... :q

    Cheers, Vann.
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    A New Class of Wadkin PK.

    In my relentless pursuit of boring Wadkin facts I recent acquired "Batch Lists" for the Wadkin PK, the Wadkin PKF (fixed table version of the PK) and something called a Wadkin PKQ :?.

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    It...
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    I think I have one of these. It came on a Record...

    I think I have one of these. It came on a Record 06, but it's a Stanley frog. I replaced it with a Record frog from a damaged plane. I may still have the Stanley one - yours for the cost of postage...
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    A Wadkin-Bursgreen 12" BGP - manufactured at one...

    A Wadkin-Bursgreen 12" BGP - manufactured at one of the former Bursgreen factories - possibly in 1972.

    Cheers, Vann.
  46. Thread: Yankee 1545

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    They really are fascinating. Especially when in...

    They really are fascinating. Especially when in the double ratchet function :cool:.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Thanks. I wondered about that. It looks like a...

    Thanks. I wondered about that. It looks like a 5mm roll pin will fit inside the 8mm one.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Okay, so some bananas are straighter than others....

    Okay, so some bananas are straighter than others.

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    Here's the "gearbox" reassembled after de-greasing (lightly oiled only).

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    Note the new roll pin.
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    Splitters & Riving Knives.

    Are all your blades the same kerf and same plate thickness?

    I have two different blade thicknesses in the blades for my table saw, and so need two riving knives. The riving knife should be...
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    Blade Raise/Lower Mechanism.

    I remember wallace mentioning this, and after a bit of searching I found it...


    So today I took apart the blade raise/lower "gearbox" off PK 1857.

    Sure enough: the tapered pin was gone -...
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