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  1. sneaky idea - wood lathe from drill press - no lateral bearing pressure

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYGPwJOD4V0&feature=youtu.be

    I got this from the weekly homemadetools newsletter. HomemadeTools.net - More Than 30,000 Homemade Tools - HomemadeTools.net

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    Thanks for the replies. I have noted...

    Thanks for the replies. I have noted FenceFurniture's and ChiefTiff's comments re quality of tools. Will compare AEG warranties with Makita warranties for future reference

    The...
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    Heated Jackets & associated power tools

    I've noticed heated jackets in the shops for a few years now. They wouldn't keep selling them if they were useless. Anybody here who uses them care to make any comments ?

    Total Tools and Bunnings...
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    Building Inspector : Termites

    A building inspector came to check out our house for termites, 'twas fascinating.

    He had a stick like a blind persons stick with a big solid ball on the end and he went all through the roof...
  5. Born to be Wild, original by Steppenwolf ? .........

    Born to be Wild, original by Steppenwolf ? ...... better version by Slade, on the red Slade Alive album I think..

    Summertime, traditional, best version by Janis Joplin

    Hesitation Blues,...
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    Clever adjustable shooting board

    This post from Xanthorrheas made me start searching for shooting boards. Didn't realise that people used them for accurate mitre joints, I don't know much about hand tools. When making picture frames...
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    Clever adjustable shooting board

    This post from Xanthorrheas made me start searching for shooting boards. Didn't realise that people used them for accurate mitre joints, I don't know much about hand tools. When making picture frames...
  8. Lappa, Bought the saw new. $150 ($Australian)...

    Lappa,

    Bought the saw new. $150 ($Australian)

    Table Saw 250mm - Aldi — Australia - Specials archive

    I see that you live in Sydney, if there are any Aldi shops near you, might be worth a...
  9. Reasonable results from Aldi " Table" Saw ...... and show me your sleds ?

    Was tired of my limited abilty to cut timber at 45 degrees using my 27 year old Triton + 235mm makita circular saw. Needed to do a couple of jobs involving thick 45 degree cuts. Boxes to hide my...
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    Did some googling "mirror spin parabola" and this...

    Did some googling "mirror spin parabola" and this yielded heaps of videos on youtube.

    I have gotta get into the current century and start looking upon youtube as a useful resource instead of just...
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    Wow - didnt know that. Wonder if the mirror...

    Wow - didnt know that. Wonder if the mirror making gurus know that trick.

    Bill
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    Thanks for the tip about books in Gutenberg -...

    Thanks for the tip about books in Gutenberg - haven't had a look in there for a while now.

    I don't think you could buy a flat mirror and reshape it into a 3d spherical or paraboloid shape which...
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    Thanks Rrich, I have found out that the high...

    Thanks Rrich,

    I have found out that the high -tech type companies will silver a 6" mirror for between $100 and $300 and I need to add postage to and from their workshop

    I found a more...
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    silvering procedure - Brashears Process

    Page 51 of this book Brashears Process

    https://ia600808.us.archive.org/27/items/ConstructingAnAstronomicalTelescope/Matthewson-ConstructingAnAstronomicalTelescope.pdf

    And then googling...
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    How to silver a mirror ?

    I've been googling and reading about telescopes for the last week or so ever since I bought a little Aldi National Geographic telescope that clearly showed the craters on the moon. Amazing.


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  16. Shedbound, Aldis are in Morwell, Traralgon and...

    Shedbound,

    Aldis are in Morwell, Traralgon and Warragul. There was a few telescopes left in Traralgon a couple of days ago.

    If you are going past any of these places might be worth dropping in...
  17. For any other newbie wood bee astronomers this...

    For any other newbie wood bee astronomers this post is informative

    https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/196278-what-can-i-expect-to-see/
  18. Aldis Telescope $50 - can see craters on Moon !

    I just bought a telescope from Aldis for $50.

    Its Fabulous !

    Can clearly and easily see the craters on the Moon, no worries at all.

    For a newb like me its amazing.

    For those who know...
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    Proof of polish

    Finally got a tube of autosol and tried the Alfoil scrub.

    Looks like the saw was made in Canada rather than America so the medallion wont help me to estimate age. "Disston made saws in Canada from...
  20. Thanks for all the responses. Looks like I...

    Thanks for all the responses.

    Looks like I should be able to get a good finish if I make an effort to learn a bit more about the best tool grind or best insert.

    At the moment am just making a...
  21. ............ Clever ....... Thankyou ...

    ............ Clever ....... Thankyou ............. Was beginning to think these ball turners were a big con.

    Bill
  22. Thanks for replies. Lets change the question ...

    Thanks for replies.

    Lets change the question

    Has anybody anywhere used these copying things or a ball turner and also achieved a good finish on any sort of timber ?

    Bill
  23. https://www.woodworkforums.com/f8/wood-copying-lath...

    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f8/wood-copying-lathe-78013

    Found this idea at the thread above

    "A slow-turning router lathe (with high-speed router) could reduce the finishing problem and...
  24. copying and ball jigs cutting without tearing

    Hello,

    What sorts of cutting tools or inserts should people be learning about in order to do copying and ball turning without tearing the wood ?

    When I tried making a simple copying jig, made...
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    cleaning underway

    May thanks for all of the advice above. Got rid of 99% of rust by scrubbing (longways) with a green kitchen scouring pad and wd40 which I figured would be step #1 and least invasive/harmful.

    Have...
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    Handsaw from Rubbish Dump Shop $10

    Our local Rubbish Dump ( now called a Transfer Station) has a shop attached. I often browse the shop when I take a load to the dump.

    See what I got today for $10. Lucky.

    Although there is some...
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    I think its amazing. No more need for...

    I think its amazing.

    No more need for templates and jigs ?

    Would this be a good thing for people out there doing a lot of routing in their own woodworking business ?

    Bill
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    To answer my own question I found this a couple...

    To answer my own question I found this a couple of years ago and then promptly forgot about it, might be useful to other folk as well only $65.

    Watts Clever Energy Monitor - EW4500 - My Smart...
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    Yes they are supposed to but it seems that in...

    Yes they are supposed to but it seems that in many areas the technology simply does not work.

    The specific reason is very difficult to ascertain, I spent a very long time on the phone one day...
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    Electricity Smartmeter Data Transfer

    Hey,

    My smartmeter has never ever delivered the promised readings every 30 minutes.

    We had a technician up today to check the meter was working properly and he stuck a reader onto the meter and...
  31. Thanks Bob, Thats great news. Am going to...

    Thanks Bob,

    Thats great news.

    Am going to shamelessly copy what youve done.

    Just gotta figure out whereabouts on the list it fits.

    Bill
  32. Will it cut through HSS ?

    Hey Bob,

    I like the tool you made. Well done.

    Would you be able to chop through a piece of HSS toolsteel or a HSS drill bit with it ?

    Reason I ask is when I make notches with a grinding...
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    carbide tangential history

    Thats interesting, I never realised that the tangential idea gave rise to the carbide inserts idea. I can see the relationship now you point it out.

    I've seen the tangential idea briefly mentioned...
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    Blind slot - to thread or not to thread

    Dean,

    I was wondering about drilling through the base of the blind slot and threading it, then inserting a bolt and then using that to help adjust tool height and to prevent the tool getting...
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    Been learning on mill - tangential holder

    Have been learning what my mill can do.

    Made this tangential tool holder. Its scruffy and ugly - But - Blimey ! It works. Am well chuffed.

    Took aaaaaages - made mistakes - did things twice...
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    Just make one tiny segment of the wheel and keep swivelling it around ?

    Woodworkers sometimes use jigs where a small distance between two things is used again and again to repeat a measurement.
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    Would fine clockmakers tools be relevant ?

    Hey,

    Gotta admit some of the discussions over my head.

    Have been wondering if the very fine tools used for clock and watchmaking might be useful for this fiddly small 107 tooth gear.

    Ie this...
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    Levers

    Levers have always worked well for me.

    I've had good results with slight variations on the 3rd 4th and 6th photos on this link
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    maybe like this ?

    This might be of use to make a 107 point reference circle

    http://www.cgtk.co.uk/metalwork/reference/divider

    Then print it and stick it onto a piece of mdf and use that as your dividing...
  40. good old gadget 2nd try

    Thats odd, works for me every time - maybe something to do with cookies ?

    Try this link instead

    https://www.facebook.com/bruce.evans.9041

    Its the video that is down the page a bit - Ive...
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    CAD + 3d print ?

    Bob,

    You could make a cad file of the gear wheel and send it to a 3d printing place and they could make one for you.