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by promhandicam
Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:58 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Turning professional
Replies: 19
Views: 3995

Turning professional

. . .you considered the Pays de Gex or the Haute Savoie at all? Right next to Geneva. Half of the UN & NGO mob are all living over the border here in France because GVA is too expensive. My wife is on a short-list for a post in a Swiss school and so if she got that then I would definitely look at b...
by promhandicam
Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Turning professional
Replies: 19
Views: 3995

Turning professional

Thanks for all the replies thus far. Jacob - thanks for the advice - I think you've hit the nail on the head when you talk about knowing what you really want to do. I'm hopeful that my wife will find a teaching post somewhere so that I have a little time to really think about where I am going. With ...
by promhandicam
Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Turning professional
Replies: 19
Views: 3995

Turning professional

Hi. In July I'm being made redundant and so I am having to think seriously about what to do next. I've spent the last 20 years working for different NGO's in Africa and wonder if it isn't time for a change. Partly this is because most organisations now require that you have a degree - experience is ...
by promhandicam
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: big windows
Replies: 38
Views: 5044

big windows

Jacob Wow - that is some window! I hope it fits :) I was just wondering what the reasoning behind glazing the window before installing it is? I can see for a small window this wouldn't be a problem but for something that size, moving it into place is going to put quite a lot of stress on the frame a...
by promhandicam
Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: coffee table
Replies: 11
Views: 2904

coffee table

Thanks for all your positive comments. I enjoyed making it and it went together without any problems. I think that I have finally got things like chisel and plane sharpening and machine setup to a point where a project like this, that a year ago would have been a struggle, is now pretty straight for...
by promhandicam
Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: coffee table
Replies: 11
Views: 2904

coffee table

A couple of years ago, when we were in Cameroon, I ordered a carving from an old guy in Foumban, a town in the west of the country renowned for it's carvings. It is a typical depiction of a village scene and took him about 4 weeks to do. It is 100cm long and 38cm wide. We had it hanging on the wall ...
by promhandicam
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: sharpening planer knives
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

sharpening planer knives

I just wanted to publicly thank Keith for going out of his way to help me out. As others have found, this forum isn't just somewhere to exchange ideas but where practical help is offered too.

All the best,

Steve
by promhandicam
Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: With knobs on!
Replies: 29
Views: 5417

With knobs on!

that look flocking good mailee! :)

Steve
by promhandicam
Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: With knobs on!
Replies: 29
Views: 5417

With knobs on!

very nice mailee - I just hope that the screwdriver didn't slip otherwise your good lady wife will be in A&E at the moment.

Steve
by promhandicam
Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: sharpening planer knives
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

sharpening planer knives

Thanks Paul Scrit and Keith for your kind offers - I'll reply this PM by PM ;)

Cheers, Steve
by promhandicam
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: sharpening planer knives
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

sharpening planer knives

Hi all. Have been quite busy of late and haven't had a chance to post, although I do look in from time to time to see what's going on. The reason for the post is that I'm looking for someone with the ability to sharpen a pair of sheppach hms 260 HSS knives, who'd be willing to help me out? I've made...
by promhandicam
Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Holes in drawers
Replies: 6
Views: 1799

Holes in drawers

Here is a picture of the knob in question. Described in the article as 'mushroom shaped'. Just hope that it isn't Oak

Image

Steve
by promhandicam
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Kitchen design
Replies: 35
Views: 7075

Kitchen design

snip . . . Why do you need the fridge there ??? . . . snip

Where do you keep your beer then? ;D

Steve
by promhandicam
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Holes in drawers
Replies: 6
Views: 1799

Holes in drawers

termites ;)
by promhandicam
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: I am gob smaked
Replies: 9
Views: 2950

I am gob smaked

Just been over to look on UKWS and some poor bugger has cut the end of his thumb off .
The poor bugger is 'Dan Tovey' whose name rings a bell but I'm not sure from where. ???

Steve
by promhandicam
Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Quick Shelf Project
Replies: 4
Views: 1447

Quick Shelf Project

I really like the idea of ripping down the shelf to make a support. I guess that if you wanted something a bit stronger you could use metal pipe rather than dowel. Presumably you just glued the two pieces together once the support was fixed?

Steve
by promhandicam
Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Help me choose a knob...
Replies: 23
Views: 3997

Help me choose a knob...

Hi Lee. Nice looking table :) Regarding the knobs, the triangular one doesn't do it for me - it just doesn't look right. I also agree with Alf's comment about not introducing curves into something so angular. So . . . . how about a square knob with a similar profile to the table top - ie 45deg chamf...
by promhandicam
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Ernest Joyce Book
Replies: 12
Views: 3652

Ernest Joyce Book

Thanks for the replies Paul x 2. FWIW, I did find a copy of 'Techniques' at a reasonable price via Abe books which included international postage so hopefully one day it will arrive here ;). For folk in the UK, the Pennyfarthing Tools tip is a useful one to remember - I wouldn't have thought of them...
by promhandicam
Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Ernest Joyce Book
Replies: 12
Views: 3652

Ernest Joyce Book

Jacob recently mentioned 'Aunty' Joyce as being the reference for design details. Others (on the other side) have also recommended his book, The technique of furniture making. I was just wondering if anyone had compared this book with The Encycopedia of furniture making also by Joyce but edited by A...
by promhandicam
Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:22 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: A Crimbo Quiz - Part 1 (now with answers)
Replies: 34
Views: 8952

A Crimbo Quiz - Part 1 (now with answers)

I have an engineering vice with Fortis Steel 10 cast in both sides of the body. It has a quick release mechanism. The casting itself is pretty rough but it is very solid weighing in at around 25kg! Doing a quick search on the internet came up with a connection to an engineering lathe made in Cornwal...
by promhandicam
Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: A Crimbo Quiz - Part 1 (now with answers)
Replies: 34
Views: 8952

A Crimbo Quiz - Part 1 (now with answers)

17. What is the minimum number of cuts you need to make in order to test if a crosscut fence on a table saw is square to the blade (or alternatively that a radial arm saw is cutting square to the fence)? 18. Which famous British toolmaker used the Kangaroo as their trade mark? 25. From which common...
by promhandicam
Sat Dec 22, 2007 9:48 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: A Christmas message
Replies: 17
Views: 3428

A Christmas message

Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year.

All the best,

Steve
by promhandicam
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 16
Views: 7959

Biscuits

My advice is to forget the fence on the cheaper machines and always reference of the base of the machine using packers under either tool or workpiece to get into centre. Philip I also have a cheap biscuit jointer and using it in the way Philip described I've not had any problems. I usually put a la...
by promhandicam
Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Considering buying Axminster Portable Panel Saw Sy
Replies: 12
Views: 4773

Considering buying Axminster Portable Panel Saw Sy

I would also give a vote for a sawboard. I made up a couple and can also use them with a bearing guided cutter in the router. Cost of making is next to nothing and as Afterglow has said - save the 50 quid and put it towards a proper tool in the future.

Steve
by promhandicam
Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: newbie supplier help
Replies: 14
Views: 3846

newbie supplier help

For a gel type finish try Patina made by Langlow. I think you can get it in Brewers the decorators merchants - I got mine in a painting and decorating merchants - not here I hasten to add! I've used it on several things I've made and am very happy as it is more or less idiot proof :P

Steve
by promhandicam
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: japanese chisels ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3933

japanese chisels ?

Jimw - what I paid for them and what they were supposed to retail at are 2 different things. IIRC, some of them were supposed to retail at around 40 - 50 each back in 1997. It would seem that the seller bought a large quantity of Japanese hand tools which have been in storage for the last 10 years -...
by promhandicam
Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: japanese chisels ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3933

japanese chisels ?

HERE is a link to the ebay shop of the chap I mentioned.

HERE is a brief overview of Japanese chisels types - there is a better website but I can't think of the name off hand ???

Steve
by promhandicam
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: japanese chisels ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3933

japanese chisels ?

Hi DD. I've got a few Japanese chisels that I bought off of a guy on ebay. I'm happy with them as once they are sharp they stay sharp as the cutting edge is so hard. I've never heard of having to hammer the back to shape. The one thing you do need to do on most of them is set the hoops on which isn'...
by promhandicam
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Woodworking jobs you hate
Replies: 38
Views: 6340

Woodworking jobs you hate

hinges are easy, yes the position is 6 down 9 up but having done this measure both positions from the top of the door then transfer to the frame / lining and as mel says use a stanley I do mark with a knife, I've even got several jigs. But I still hate doing them, to me it's just a total bore.... t...
by promhandicam
Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Ever spent the day
Replies: 16
Views: 3617

Ever spent the day

Well it isn't totally pointless as you have managed to start a new topic out of it :)

Steve
by promhandicam
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: unused tools
Replies: 28
Views: 5356

unused tools

Never used it, yet.

Image

I was told that it's a morticing chisel, but others have said its for tenoning.
Looks like a tuning fork to me - F Sharp if I'm not mistaken or if if ColinC has had a go at it F***ing Sharp ;D

Steve
by promhandicam
Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Quick and Dirty Panel Cramp
Replies: 27
Views: 6358

Quick and Dirty Panel Cramp

Back to quick and dirty cramping - I often resort to ratchet straps which as long as you protect the edges and corners of the work you are clamping - with a bit of scrap - are excellent at holding things together, plus they don't take up any room.

Steve
by promhandicam
Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: old saws for ngo
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

old saws for ngo

Hi Steve,

You could give these guys a call - they might be able to help you out.

Steve
by promhandicam
Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:51 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Pat testing
Replies: 14
Views: 3943

Pat testing

. . . And even the celebs can get it wrong (OK I know they're pneumatics, but the principle is the same) Scrit Hi. Not used the gun in question but don't they have a safety device on them so that they only fire when pushed up against something? Unless this had been disabled I think that the video i...
by promhandicam
Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: So who is looking ?
Replies: 249
Views: 110650

So who is looking ?

another vote for hobby
by promhandicam
Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Dom's Cooking Corner
Topic: Prefered drinks
Replies: 39
Views: 7301

Prefered drinks

right now i'd settle for a nice cup of tea - milk, no sugar.

later I'd happily settle down with a bottle of black bush - and a cigar ;D

Steve
by promhandicam
Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: Dom's Cooking Corner
Topic: Last Supper
Replies: 27
Views: 6809

Last Supper

mmmm I think that I'll go for a rack of molo lamb, with roast parsnips and sweet potatoes. for dessert fresh raspberry pavlova.
by promhandicam
Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: Wooden boats
Topic: sailing
Replies: 9
Views: 5784

sailing

One of my other hobbies is sailing - currently have a Topper Topaz and a Starboard windsurfer - not a lot of wood in either of them - which I sail on Lake Togo. However I learnt to sail, and ended up teaching sailing to teenagers on the Norfolk broads on half deckers hired from Martham boat yard. In...