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  1. A farmer in NZ who I worked for in the mid 60's...

    A farmer in NZ who I worked for in the mid 60's had a plough made by Clough.
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    A.C.T. PM sent.

    PM sent.
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    A.C.T. Hi Graham, I'll take all the braces and bits,...

    Hi Graham, I'll take all the braces and bits, subject to you being able to package them securely and safely (sharp pointy bits) for postage to WA. Are you including the washer cutters and expansive...
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    Well may you waste valuable time using the Groan...

    Well may you waste valuable time using the Groan button 2rRs, but I'll have you know that joke and the one about Grandmas biscuits are family heirlooms. My mothers old Aunt Dolly loved jokes and I...
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    Hi Brady, I recently purchased a canopy for my...

    Hi Brady,
    I recently purchased a canopy for my ute which I have suspended from the roof of my shed for the same reason as you, I don't want to use it all the time. I measured the distance between...
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    The friction control on your drill is quite...

    The friction control on your drill is quite interesting. In 1896 Walter Fifield was awarded a US patent (US 555,442) for a chain drill which uses a friction device to control the amount of drive...
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    After we got to Grandmas.

    About 65 years ago we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa, at afternoon tea Grandma got out a big tray of biscuits she'd just baked. Later that day on the way home Dad commented the biscuits were that...
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    On the way to Grandmas.

    About 65 years ago we went to visit Grandma and Grandpa, we were on a gravel road, just through an intersection and we got a puncture. After Dad changed the wheel Mum looked at him and said "didn't...
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    Our science master at high school in NZ in the...

    Our science master at high school in NZ in the early 60's was Ron Walton. One of his projects was a paint tin with a candle and small funnel inside. The funnel had a tube out the side connected to a...
  10. Thread: Post Drill

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    Thanks Gaza, I should have said Morse square...

    Thanks Gaza, I should have said Morse square taper and in fact probably shouldn't even have said Morse. Just a square taper and could well be uniqe to the drill manufacturer.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  11. Thread: Respect.

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    Respect.

    I was advised to always treat my wife as I did on our first date. This evening I'm taking her out to dinner and later dropping her back at her parents place.
  12. Thread: Post Drill

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    Thanks for that info CT and Vann. I checked the...

    Thanks for that info CT and Vann. I checked the thread of the shaft holding the hand wheel, it's 3/4" 10tpi and the nut runs up a 3/4 UNC tap quite easily. As it would a Whit' tap too I imagine but...
  13. Thread: Post Drill

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    Took it out of the vise, upended it and quite...

    Took it out of the vise, upended it and quite surprised to find a square hole in the chuck rather than the expected round hole. The hole is tapered and pretty rusty and scaly, tried to fit a No1...
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    ATAATM All The Above Apply To Me.

    ATAATM
    All The Above Apply To Me.
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    Hi Kenny, When I get one of those I hold the...

    Hi Kenny,
    When I get one of those I hold the frame in the vise so that the handle is vertical and as Ian said get a bit of solvent into it. After its soaked in a bit start rotating it back and...
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    Hi Raff, My interest in James Chapman is with...

    Hi Raff,
    My interest in James Chapman is with their line of braces but of course any info about the company is relevant. The UK group Tools And Trades History Society (TATHS) latest newsletter (No...
  17. Thread: Post Drill

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    Hi Graham, We've been away for a week, I'm...

    Hi Graham,
    We've been away for a week, I'm looking forward to having a look at it today. The blue hue is from the penetrant I've used to try and free it up. It's rusted solid but I did manage to get...
  18. Thread: Post Drill

    by Boringgeoff
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    Post Drill

    Hi, I've just been given this post drill, rusted solid. I can't find any ID on it apart from 2189 cast onto the top of the advance wheel. As a guide to the size of this brute the hand wheel is 19IN...
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    A bit more exercise splitting firewood for winter...

    A bit more exercise splitting firewood for winter 2021.
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    So can cockeyed bob. I remember a few years a go...

    So can cockeyed bob. I remember a few years a go a bloke named Bob had his eyelid torn off in an industrial accident and the plastic surgeon replaced it with a piece of his foreskin. Some people knew...
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    I think "cockeyed bob" tended to be used by the...

    I think "cockeyed bob" tended to be used by the older generation perhaps but Bill ,who was probably born about 1915, also used willy-willy in a similar context to the quote from the third contributor...
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    Ministerial contemplation.

    This is a story my old workmate Bill told me a long time ago.
    In his youth in the 1930's he contemplated joining the church as a minister, but couldn't decide which church to join. In the town...
  23. Thread: Best Sheds

    by Boringgeoff
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    On the subject of colorbond fading my original...

    On the subject of colorbond fading my original shed was built in 2005 and has faded a lot more than the lean to which I added in 2006. Both supplied by the same company, I've forgotten who, but not...
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    Kenny, I've got one very similar, clearly marked...

    Kenny, I've got one very similar, clearly marked "SKINNER MADE IN SHEFFIELD ENGLAND". There are three differences from mine to yours, there's an oil hole on the housing between the chuck and the...
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    I've not previously taken much notice of the...

    I've not previously taken much notice of the thread characteristics of the thumbscrews of Spofford braces, so to now say I'm a bit confused is an understatement. I've got a few ranging from early...
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    Kenny, I've never seen that feature before....

    Kenny,
    I've never seen that feature before.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've got a couple missing as well, haven't...

    I've got a couple missing as well, haven't attempted to make a replacement. I think they're about 7/16" 14tpi.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  28. Thread: Any ideas?

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    This guy reckons that's what it is YouTube...

    This guy reckons that's what it is YouTube
  29. Thread: Shed Time

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    That reminds me of the time my mates missus came...

    That reminds me of the time my mates missus came home and said "I've won lotto so pack your bags" old mate says "Yee har where're we going?" she says "I don't care, just get out!"
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    Great job, I can almost hear it running. Here in...

    Great job, I can almost hear it running. Here in WA we call that a "pig" trailer and you've got the long drawbar so you can jack-knife and tip the truck without unhitching.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Kenny, that style of brace was originally...

    Kenny, that style of brace was originally patented by Nelson Spofford in 1859 in the USA (US Pat 25984) In this patent he states "A slot, a, is cut into it, which divides said socket into two jaws,...
  32. Thread: Log tongs

    by Boringgeoff
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    VICTORIA I made a 44 gal'drum lifter many years ago....

    I made a 44 gal'drum lifter many years ago. Scissor style out of 100mm x 12mm mild steel flat bar. I imagine your logs are going to be heaps heavier than a 44 though?
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've never seen one with the wide slot like that...

    I've never seen one with the wide slot like that before, looks as if its been sawn?
  34. Thread: Brace bits

    by Boringgeoff
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    Kenny, the waist in the shank of the centre bit...

    Kenny, the waist in the shank of the centre bit in your first photo is typical of Wm Marples & Sons. I've attached a photo of a couple of theirs, the upper of the two has a lead screw which is fairly...
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    Handle cleaning guard.

    To avoid damaging the handle of the brace when cleaning the metal components on a wire wheel I made this guard. It is simply a small baked bean tin, or similar, ends removed and cut in half. The end...
  36. Thread: Brace bits

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    The first two of your photos are the ubiquitous...

    The first two of your photos are the ubiquitous Spofford brace patented by Massachusetts USA resident Nelson Spofford in 1859 (US Pat 25984).These were churned out initially by J S Fray & Co from...
  37. HEADS UP My copy arrived safely this morning, thanks Euge....

    My copy arrived safely this morning, thanks Euge.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  38. Thread: Brace bits

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    Huon, I had a look for a brace that resembles...

    Huon, I had a look for a brace that resembles your No 909 and came up with two Stanley No 945's made in USA. Neither is exactly the same but in combination they fit the bill. One with chuck...
  39. Thread: Brace bits

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    Well this is pretty interesting. I'm not aware of...

    Well this is pretty interesting. I'm not aware of an English Stanley model 909 and off the top of my head I've also never seen one branded made in ENG with the ENG abbreviated like that. And that's...
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    Your brace looks like a Millers Falls No 32...

    Your brace looks like a Millers Falls No 32 maybe?
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Edinburgh Fringe: winning joke.

    Yesterdays paper reported that the "Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award" at this years Edinburgh Fringe went like this:
    I keep randomly shouting out "broccoli" and "cauliflower" -----I think I might...
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    Doug, I was barracking for the Wallabies last...

    Doug, I was barracking for the Wallabies last night........doesn't that count?
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    Dubious nature? If it was perceived as racist...

    Dubious nature? If it was perceived as racist because of the inference of what the kiwi farmer was up to that doesn't hold water because I was a kiwi once and the joke didn't hurt my feelings at all....
  44. Thread: Brace bits

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    That's the sort of thing I like to come across...

    That's the sort of thing I like to come across Cam.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Yowie, viewing your photos filled me with sadness...

    Yowie, viewing your photos filled me with sadness due to being only able to see 50% of the brace. Do you realise this is blatant toolism or perhaps you are pandering to the plane droolers in our...
  46. Thread: Brace bits

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    Your brace looks like a generic Japanese brace...

    Your brace looks like a generic Japanese brace frequently found here and quite usable but I couldn't put a brand name to it.
    The solid centre bits are Irwin pattern after the patentee Charles Irwin...
  47. Thread: Brace bits

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    I've got some NOS Titan and Stanley Australia...

    I've got some NOS Titan and Stanley Australia bits. One has a copyright date 1982 on it, doesn't seem all that long ago to me. Jennings pattern claims "clean fast cutting action in all woods". Titan...
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    Yes a lot of them do screw on/off but also the...

    Yes a lot of them do screw on/off but also the wood may not have been fully seasoned at time of manufacture and over the intervening 50-100 years have tightened up considerably.
    Can you see a name...
  49. Thread: Auger bits

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    Ian, my fingers are trembling too much to...

    Ian, my fingers are trembling too much to actually type what I think of those butche...(ahem) modified bits, of course I realise you didn't do that to them, they were given to you in that condition....
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    Blast.... that was my stomping ground....50 years...

    Blast.... that was my stomping ground....50 years ago.
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