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Post by Quilter on 3rd April 2020, 10:45

With me I think it's the current pandemic. When I had limited time to do any of my hobbies or chores because of outside commitments I used to treasure the time and get things done. Now I have all the time in the world and I'm wasting it.

I've always known I work best to deadlines but this has really brought it home !
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Post by Gromit on 3rd April 2020, 11:29

Quilter wrote:With me I think it's the current pandemic. When I had limited time to do any of my hobbies or chores because of outside commitments I used to treasure the time and get things done. Now I have all the time in the world and I'm wasting it.

I've always known I work best to deadlines but this has really brought it home !
Another strange anomaly here Quilter.

I usually enjoy reading - mostly rubbish I must confess but some of the mystery and detective series are quite entertaining.

Now I have too much time to read, I don't have anything like the enthusiasm I had before.


BTW. I have read the first part of the German D-Day book we mentioned before, and it's quite interesting so far.
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Post by modelman on 3rd April 2020, 12:19

Never enough hours in the day for me as well, several hobbies & spent the last 2 days on the lathe in the workshop turning new carb-adaptors for the latest motorcycle resto from 70mm alloy bar. 
There, I know how to live eh!! hugegrins

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Post by inspiredron on 3rd April 2020, 12:39

Life can never be perfect, and wouldn't it be boring if it was with no challenges.
I think folk fall into two basic categories - those who generally feel that their glass is half full and are consequently happy about it and those whose glass is half empty after the first sip.
And doesn't it show!

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Post by bikeralw on 3rd April 2020, 13:17

groundhog wrote:I retired 21 years ago at the ripe old age of 50 and still wonder how I ever had time to work!

Only sad part for us is we came back over from Canada in February and now of course can't return so missing all our family there, not likely to be able to go back for some time.
Similar story here Hog, except I retired from full time employment even earlier than you, 31 years ago in fact... So have had half a lifetime to adjust.

Plus our sad part is having only been back from staying with the family in NZ a few weeks, we were looking forward to them coming to stay with us at Christmas. Looks unlikely now.
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Post by groundhog on 3rd April 2020, 13:47

bikeralw wrote:
groundhog wrote:I retired 21 years ago at the ripe old age of 50 and still wonder how I ever had time to work!

Only sad part for us is we came back over from Canada in February and now of course can't return so missing all our family there, not likely to be able to go back for some time.
Similar story here Hog, except I retired from full time employment even earlier than you, 31 years ago in fact... So have had half a lifetime to adjust.

Plus our sad part is having only been back from staying with the family in NZ a few weeks, we were looking forward to them coming to stay with us at Christmas. Looks unlikely now.
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Post by Gromit on 3rd April 2020, 13:49

I've just ordered a Dremel.  rolleyes

I've got some ideas for playing with the scroll saw along with a bit of detail work with the Dremel.

I would say, "It will keep me off the streets for a while!" but that's a bit pointless now.  Whistle1
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Post by Roopert on 3rd April 2020, 14:24

Gromit wrote:I've got some ideas for playing with the scroll saw along with a bit of detail work with the Dremel.

The inconsiderate gits on one the classic car forums I'm on have started posting photos of the machines that they have in their (huge) garages - one being a "small" combined milling machine and lathe, and I (almost) can't resist the "I want one of those!" reaction.

It looks like a fantastic piece of kit and, despite the fact that I wouldn't have a clue how to use it, I really want one. Luckily, I don't have the space!

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Post by Gromit on 3rd April 2020, 14:34

Agreed Roopert. It is a "must have" toy if ever I saw one. Wonder how much it costs?

The only problem I can see is that I would become like my neighbour. He has a similar lathe, and he spends many happy hours making nothing of any use except Brillo Pads.  Whistle1 snigger
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Post by gassygassy on 3rd April 2020, 14:39

I want one. Err - but it is only the bench mounted version. I want the one which is mounted on a three ton cast iron floor mount frame.
trouble is that if I had one then I would have to buy back my Sunbeam S8 which I sold because it seems from the club magazine and from owning one that unless you have a full factory machine shop, you can't make all the parts that are necessary to keep them running.
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Post by Roopert on 3rd April 2020, 14:51

Agreed - you would need a strong bench to put that on (IIRC something like 200 kilos) so a floor-mount would be good, with better access to work around - but that takes even more workshop space!

Dave - I think the short bed version is around £1700, and the long bed a couple of hundred quid more.

I've been making a fair bit of my own "brillo pad" recently, and can attest to the fact that stainless steel drilling swarf is a bu99er to get out of the carpet! My "workshop" bench drill is in a spare bedroom - which isn't exactly ideal...
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Post by Dbvwt on 3rd April 2020, 15:30

Gromit wrote:I've just ordered a Dremel.  rolleyes

Not sure if you read my thread about Dremel type tool advice a couple of months ago? 
As there was no sign of the Lidl/Parkside ones I ended up going for the actual Dremel and I’m really happy with it, lovely bit of kit.
Which model did you buy Gromit?
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Post by Dbvwt on 3rd April 2020, 15:56

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Post by daisy mae on 3rd April 2020, 16:22

That brought back memories.

In the 60`s my Husband at the time was manager of an engineering factory, the couple who owned the factory were friends and on Saturday nights we were picked up either in the Rolls Royce or the Bentley, brilliant had cocktail cabinet in the back and the sliding glass window to the front seats,we were taken out for dinner, my parents baby sat,  I digress.

To help them out I had a drilling machine in our outhouse put in by the firm, and I was drilling stainless steel, I can vouch for the stainless drilling swarf, a job to get out of hands too if unfortunate to get any in . I also had a  bit of pin money , actually it was more than that.  I had a toddler and a baby in the pram at the time, no they never went near it.good experience .for me.

Different times indeed.

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Post by Gromit on 3rd April 2020, 16:34

Dbvwt wrote:
Gromit wrote:I've just ordered a Dremel.  rolleyes

Not sure if you read my thread about Dremel type tool advice a couple of months ago? 
As there was no sign of the Lidl/Parkside ones I ended up going for the actual Dremel and I’m really happy with it, lovely bit of kit.
Which model did you buy Gromit?
The 4000 model.

That seems the best without going mad with the price. I don't need multiple attachments anyway, so the basic machine is the most important part of the deal - and it comes with quite a lot of accessories.

Fingers crossed.  rolleyes
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Post by Dbvwt on 3rd April 2020, 16:44

Gromit wrote:
Dbvwt wrote:
Gromit wrote:I've just ordered a Dremel.  rolleyes

Not sure if you read my thread about Dremel type tool advice a couple of months ago? 
As there was no sign of the Lidl/Parkside ones I ended up going for the actual Dremel and I’m really happy with it, lovely bit of kit.
Which model did you buy Gromit?
The 4000 model.

That seems the best without going mad with the price. I don't need multiple attachments anyway, so the basic machine is the most important part of the deal - and it comes with quite a lot of accessories.

Fingers crossed.  rolleyes

Great choice, as you say it’s the basic machine that matters most.

I was a bit worried after reading a few dodgy reviews online but so far nothing but praise.
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Post by Gromit on 3rd April 2020, 17:17

Thanks for that.

Looking forward to getting it now.  up!
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Post by Roopert on 3rd April 2020, 17:38

daisy mae wrote:
To help them out I had a drilling machine in our outhouse put in by the firm, and I was drilling stainless steel, I can vouch for the stainless drilling swarf, a job to get out of hands too if unfortunate to get any in .

Horrible stuff, isn't it? If you're working with mild steel it's not so bad because any bits that stick in you eventually rust away, but stainless doesn't, obviously! You quickly learn to put leather gloves on before clearing up...
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Post by Eltel on 3rd April 2020, 18:36

Dbvwt wrote:
Gromit wrote:I've just ordered a Dremel.  rolleyes

Not sure if you read my thread about Dremel type tool advice a couple of months ago? 
As there was no sign of the Lidl/Parkside ones I ended up going for the actual Dremel and I’m really happy with it, lovely bit of kit.
Which model did you buy Gromit?
As a modeller I have used the cheap and cheerful ones from the likes of Aldi and Maplins on occasions when my old mini craft one was not available.

About two years ago I bought a Dremel the the battery rechargeable and wish I had bought years ago.

Brilliant bit of kit, also now have a few attachments

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Post by modelman on 3rd April 2020, 19:46

A few reasons I seldom get bored!
1 A slip roll, box folder & guillotine
2 Mill
3 Centre lathe with 5-way indexing turret tailstock
Much more stuff as well.
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Post by gassygassy on 3rd April 2020, 20:32

Grrr.
Do not covet thy neighbour's ox nor his * Inappropriate Word * nor his wife nor his maidservant nor his manservant . . . . but it doesn't say anything about his shed or what's in it, and for another thing luckily you aren't my neighbour, or I would be round your place all the time!
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Post by gassygassy on 3rd April 2020, 20:33

Grrr*! the inappropriate word was straight from the bible, a four legged animal related to a horse. How dare they say it is inappropriate? Are we not allowed to quote the Bible any more?
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Post by Roopert on 3rd April 2020, 21:00

What's wrong with the word ass? Seems appropriate to me in the context?

I should have guessed that modelman would have more machinery than all of the rest of the forum put together! I'm not jealous - no really, I'm not....
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Post by Peter Brown on 3rd April 2020, 21:25

My mother's cousin 'Uncle Wilf' learnt his trade in his father's garage before becoming the professional model maker for Newcastle University.  He built a garden railway, locos and coaches and I drove a steam engine with the family behind.  Most of the machines in his fabulous workshop were made by him...

I have visited the enviable workshop of one forum member but it's not on the same scale as Lawries.
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Post by bikeralw on 3rd April 2020, 21:30

No shed/garage/workshop is complete without a lathe.
My old Myford, knocks all these modern Chinese lathes into a cocked hat. I have loads of accessories, vertical slide, four jaw chuck, various sized faceplates etc. I don't think a week goes by when I don't use it.
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