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Member postings for Mike Jordan

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Thread: Campervan Project
22/03/2020 22:48:29

If this contributor is being paid in the same way as the rest of us then it's no wonder no real effort is being put in!

A savage cut back in page rates which occurred some time back is the root of the problem.. Repeated use of old articles and lack of anything new or interesting is probably all you are going to get for the subscriptions.

Thread: Drilling through hard wood
19/03/2020 12:28:26

Ive never heard of such a rule Robert. In truth it hadn't occurred to me that drilling a 14 mm hole through a 25 mm dowel removed such a huge percentage of the material, I was concentrating on the need to avoid break out of the edges of the hole

17/03/2020 18:16:45

Upon reflection this design must have a serious fault. If you drill a 14mm hole through a25mm dowel you will be left with a small crescent of material at each side, this will only be 5.5 mm at the thickest point and taper to nothing in a few degrees.

Thread: Campervan Project
07/03/2020 15:18:25

Teapgan -The problem must be related to paying peanuts.!


Thread: Drilling through hard wood
14/02/2020 13:46:18

There is a method that would work. If drilling a free hand hole in a flat surface a guide block can be made to keep the hole at 90 degrees to the surface. The guide block needs to be drilled by a drill press or mortiser before being held on the surface to guide the hand held drill. In your case I suggest that the block will need a vee groove in the bottom face to ensure that it locates with the round dowel. All you need now is a friend with a drill press!

13/02/2020 18:20:10

We are working in the dark but still trying to help! If these are corner posts is it really sensible to drill right through.

The end grain will show on the surface surely. A brief discription of th job in hand might help.

20/01/2020 18:10:12

Now there is something I have never done!

my suggestion is that you run a small drill ( say 2mm) right through the 25mm dowel and then drill from both sides to prevent tear out. I think a Forster bit might be the best bet to get a clean edged hole.

Thread: How do I reinforce a partition wall so I can connect to it.
18/04/2019 16:44:10

I see no reason why bolts with nylock nuts and washers should work loose. The only addition to your plan that comes to mind is the inclusion of a horizontal rail on the back face of the stud wall to further spread the load.

10/04/2019 19:39:38

If this is a normal studded wall it will have vertical studs (approximately 75 X 50mm) faced on both sides with 12 mm plaster board. The horizontal distance between the studs will vary according to the age of the construction, they are spaced to match the width of the plaster board sheets. Typically 400 to 600 mm apart .

The handrail brackets could be screwed directly into each stud, finding the stud locations can be done by listening to the sound while tapping with a hammer, using a stud detector, or drilling small holes in the plaster board until you find the first stud.

Ifyou are unlucky the wall may be made with partition boarding which usually consists of two sheets of plaster board with cardboard egg box type centre. iIts unlikely that this will support a handrail without reinforcement.

Thread: What sort of glue is likely to be used to join these wood pieces together?
22/01/2019 11:27:50

Thanks Derek, now the dog can see the rabbit!. Michael, Welcome, I thnk it's normally an epoxy type glue with radio frequency setting facilities to allow a continuous process to be used to ensure that not a scrap of material is wasted. The header joints you have indicated are normally a multi finger joint to solve the problem of end grain to end grain gluing. You see this method used on work tops and other large slabs of timber where it must be more stable than large pieces of timber, and, as I said nothing goes to waste. It's not a process that ordinary woodworkers like me carry out since the automated gear to do the work must be very expensive.

I've seen slabs of pine made in this way being sold by timber merchants and DIY outlets.


Edited By Mike Jordan on 22/01/2019 11:28:29

20/01/2019 16:45:52

Your link refuses to open.

Thread: Tea Lights
03/12/2018 18:29:43

Oh the joy of Xmas ! Once more I see tan article urging woodworkers to hand out home fire starter kits. Why not give your friends and relatives a hand made tea light holder for Xmas ? This sort of unimaginative rubbish is trotted out far to regularly. The soap operas seem to need to kill off a character or two as part of the seasonal quest for viewing figures but there is no excuse for real families joining in.

Just think it through, excited children, flammable packaging, lots of decorations,and the odd glass of wine. All that's needed is a few naked flames to complete the setting for a domestic tragedy. Please don't even think about it. There is nothing festive about fires!

Thread: membership
31/08/2018 10:50:06

Hi Derek

I'm sorry to see that you are not actively involved these days in the workshop but what was it that got you there in the first place? I think that many of us started after enjoying the workshop experience at secondary school, my liking for making furniture came from the fact that I was skint when newly married and needed to furnish the house. Since I already had the tools and training the work was easier for me than for others. It also seems to me that the magazines of the day featured more exciting projects than today, I remember one publication building a plywood cabin cruiser called the"Woodwych" I think. These had a brief flurry of interest and were sold as a kit of parts by the local DIY shop. No I didn't have the spare cash to have a go but it did start my interest in canals.

30/08/2018 10:07:21

This has been mentioned before in different ways, there can be no doubt that the lack of wood and metalworking classes in secondary education is reducing the number of people who are introduced to the hobby of making things. There seems to be a dearth of staff able to teach the subjects and a subsequent fall in the number of school leavers even considering taking up an apprenticeship. Employers seem to be happy to recruit from other countries rather than train a future workforce. Even if people were trained the demand for manufactured items is being satisfied by imports from China.

There is little to encourage anyone to make items of furniture for instance when the material costs are patently higher than the ready made item in the shop window. Schools are scrapping workshops and shifting to art and textiles as creative subjects, again the shops are full of imported goods at low prices so no hope of employment there! I have been both a professional and hobby woodworker from age twelve and still enjoy the hobby but if I wish to profit from my work it's necessary to work in a specialist area, mine is the world of boating where quality work is normal and has to be paid for.

The regrettable decline in interest is highlighted by the falling circulation of woodworking magazines, the desperate measure of scrapping titles or creating new ones seems to me to be doomed to fail, there is far to much free content on the net to allow any publisher to sell enough copies to arrest the decline, the poor quality of some of the content can't be helping. In short there are a number of forums and a shrinking level of involvement. I think I might buy a mobile phone and spend my waking hours staring at it!

Thread: This months GW
25/05/2018 09:41:34

I think that magazines of all kinds are having a hard time, they are relatively expensive and seem to contain lower quality material, repeat articles, etc. Couple this to the fact that wood and metalwork classes in schools have been largely replaced with textiles and art of various kinds,workshops having been scrapped as no longer needed.

With no new blood being introduced to the hobby and the ready availability of information and how to do it articles on the Internet free of charge, the specialist magazines will probably follow the same downward spiral as the newspapers.

The practice of importing skilled workers rather than training apprentices in the trades is already causing obvious problems. Spurious training courses and imaginary "apprenticeships" abound. Perhaps the journalists can be retrained as woodworkers, according to the adverts most trades can be mastered in 6 weeks.

Thread: Machining timber question[s]
22/05/2018 18:08:33

The problem of chippings marking the planed surface is common when using softer materials like pine but not in my experience a problem with oak. The resin in pine makes the chipping stick to the feed rollers and other areas, making the problem worse. A clean out feed roller and good extraction will help.

If the oak is fresh from the suppliers, the drying process may have left tension in the material, removing to much material from one face can cause the stock to bend in its length. The secret is to remove material from each face and monitor the shape after each pass through the planer.

Thread: Finishing Birch Plywood advice
20/03/2018 18:19:17

I have found that the best way to get a good internal quality finish is - Apply a coat of cellulose sanding sealer ( this is very strong smelling but dries in a few minutes. ONLY TO BE USED OUTSIDE IN FRESH AIR)

Follow with two coats of interior clear varnish after sanding lightly. Exterior quality varnish tends to yellow more and continue over time because of the oil content.

Thread: Acorn Smoothing Plane
07/08/2017 20:13:03

I remember Acorn tools being on sale in the 1960s they were reputed to be of a slightly lower quality than the big names but with no obvious major difference in appearance. The price sounds good and the pics show a tool which should clean up nicely. A nice souvenir of your holiday!

Thread: Water Mill Pics
25/07/2016 19:20:31

Hi Ron. No that's the country residence of a very elderly moggy. He's down to his last few teeth so not much of an attack risk.


25/07/2016 19:13:02

Thanks Derek. It was a make it up as you go job so there are no plans of any kind. It started out as a promise to make a waterwheel and gathered a few embellishments along the way. There is a small solar panel on the back left corner which lights up the inside after dark, it's given everybody a few laughs and does work surprisingly well. The axle of the wheel extends right through the building and a plastic cam works the figures. It still lacks a few finishing touches but I will sort it during the winter when I take it in out of the weather.

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