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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Reasons to be cheerful!
« Last post by Velma on Today at 02:22:27 AM »
While I was cleaning out the bedroom in preparation for the new furniture, I found my book light behind the bed. It looked like the battery had leaked inside the battery compartment, so I had to throw the thing away. Today I found a rechargeable book light. No more worrying about batteries! Even better, it was on sale!

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-gift-recharge-book-light-black/29294486?ean=9781936170579

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Music / Re: Lyrics explained
« Last post by Bluenose on Today at 01:24:24 AM »
Thanks for the Matilda interpretation.  I’ve know that song all my life, it seems.

My pleasure, but I bet you didn't know there was another version of this song, the "Queensland version", almost the same words but completely different melody.

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Miscellaneous / Re: It's weird!
« Last post by Dark Lightning on September 22, 2018, 11:48:57 PM »
This all reminds me of teaching magnetostatics in high school many years ago. One of the experiments the kids did was to place a compass inside a tuna can and observe what happens. The iron shields the magnet, and when you move it around, it does not track on the earth's magnetic poles. Two of the boys had a compass that pointed E-W instead of N-S. I had no explanation except that it had possibly been demagnetized and remagnetized across the short way (which makes no sense, BTW- that small a magnetic moment wouldn't have been useful for navigation). The following summer, when going through the cabinets doing general cleanup and looking for whatever apparatus was in them that I could use, I found the cause. There was an immensely strong magnet in the cabinet below where those two were working! That magnet was so strong that if one put a steel ball on it, one could barely pull it off. I worked that into the magnetostatics lecture in the ensuing year. Lots of fun, watching the boys, all macho, trying to get the steel ball off it!
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Miscellaneous / Re: Some of My Arts and Crafts
« Last post by Dark Lightning on September 22, 2018, 11:29:33 PM »
How "specialist" the stuff is, I'm not certain. I only paid $8 for a can of it. It's up to $13 now! I've probably had that can for about 7 years or so. When I ordered the patinating chemicals (I bought quite a variety of colors, to experiment with) from SculptNouveau, they threw in a can, gratis!
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Dave on September 22, 2018, 08:31:21 PM »
Yike. Do keep us posted!

Feeling A3 now thanks, DL, (haven't been A1 for 20 years) just a tad tired after a long night, but feeling fit and safe enough to do light jobs in workshop.

But was not going to take any chances last night.
Glad you are at home and feeling better. Don't overdo it in the workshop!  :foottap:

No, nursie!

Thinking back on it after diversionary occupational therapy and a long, meditative, soak in the tub.

Started about 3.30am. I had gone to the loo and could not get back to sleep - a common thing for me. So I went online on the forum see what you lot were up to. As often, with nothing practical to occupy it my excuse for a brain went into pseudo-intellectual mode. . Felt perfectly OK, nothing to really bother me - until a sort of tension in my abdomen and a, "I don't like this" feeling. Looking back it may have been a random anxiety attack, I had them after the shocks from my ICD. Then it was full blown flight or fight, so I 'fought' (can't fly far in a smallish room), shadow boxing on the spot, but with leg work and ducking and diving, whilst reciting the whole of my cursing vocabulary, in creative combibations, until I felt knackered.

The symptoms can be confused with those of heart problems and, inevitably, they interact, can create 'positive feedback' as each 'feeds' the other. My blood pressure was going from <90 to > 120 and back over shortish periods. Previously it had hit >150 from ~80 and I felt both high fear and anger.

I have not had a full blown anxiety attack for several years now, but that does not mean they have gone away. It may have just been a randon thing - hope so. But I will learn from this experience, as I did previously.

Then, perhaps I had been suffering from delayed banana withdrawal. The last thing I eat every day, about 8.30pm, is part two of my daily fruit ration - the banana. Since I had had a large glass of vino and half an olive loaf during the evening I had left out those extra calories. Oh, woe. I will have my fix tonight for sure!

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Miscellaneous / Re: Some of My Arts and Crafts
« Last post by Dave on September 22, 2018, 07:46:35 PM »
Thanks! It is a matte lacquer designed to not change the way the article looks.

Is it the same as the stuff used by photographers to prevent unwanted shine on things?

Could be, but I don't know, since I know next to nothing about what photographers use.  :-[ This is what I have-

https://sculptnouveau.com/products/clear-guard

Thanks for the info. I checked and it is available here.

Ah, specialist stuff!

Thinking about the photographic matt spray: It would need to be something easily removable, so not tough enough for your purpose.

You have to hunt through the phone screen protectors and nail varnishes with similar names to get to Glear-guard sculptor finish here. Not cheap, about £40 for a litre, or £1+ per flounce. but I guess a litre goes a long way. Compared to the little bottles of special art and fabric protectors Jane buys that is, pro-rata, quite cheap.

I am sometimes wary of things being aimed at niche markets then being given fancy names and high prices, when the local decorator, say, buys a bucket full for a fiver at the trade outlet.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Some of My Arts and Crafts
« Last post by hermes2015 on September 22, 2018, 06:39:16 PM »
Thanks! It is a matte lacquer designed to not change the way the article looks.

Is it the same as the stuff used by photographers to prevent unwanted shine on things?

Could be, but I don't know, since I know next to nothing about what photographers use.  :-[ This is what I have-

https://sculptnouveau.com/products/clear-guard

Thanks for the info. I checked and it is available here.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Velma on September 22, 2018, 06:27:11 PM »
Yike. Do keep us posted!

Feeling A3 now thanks, DL, (haven't been A1 for 20 years) just a tad tired after a long night, but feeling fit and safe enough to do light jobs in workshop.

But was not going to take any chances last night.
Glad you are at home and feeling better. Don't overdo it in the workshop!  :foottap:
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Miscellaneous / Re: Some of My Arts and Crafts
« Last post by Dark Lightning on September 22, 2018, 05:48:10 PM »
Thanks! It is a matte lacquer designed to not change the way the article looks.

Is it the same as the stuff used by photographers to prevent unwanted shine on things?

Could be, but I don't know, since I know next to nothing about what photographers use.  :-[ This is what I have-

https://sculptnouveau.com/products/clear-guard
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Miscellaneous / Re: Workshop and fixit stuff
« Last post by Dave on September 22, 2018, 05:02:03 PM »
"There are holes in my head where the skills leak out . . ."
(Apologies to Spike Milligan: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/there-are-holes-in-the-sky/ )

Having taken my small plane to pieces to sharpen the blade I wondered why it was not working properly. Tried for ages to adjust it but finally stripped it again.

I had put the blade in upside down.

But I did get my bench hook finished and a steel strip as a routing guide fitted to my bench top. Now holes needed to use it as a jig-saw guide, parallel and 45o

I bought some building sort of strip, with staggered holes, about 27mm wide, 2mm thick and a meter ĺong and only £2.37 - thoght it might be useful. It is! By pure accident the pitch is exactlý that of the matrix of holes on the work top!

I never do big stuff, sheet material will fit under the strip, cut line at edge, and a router bit with a roller that follows the strip will be used. Another position that puts the jigsaw blade right on the edge is the next job.

Picture below is of the hook and strip in position, using stops in two matrix holes to prevent the hook sliding. I decided not to fix the drill stand, quite secure with a single clamp that enables its position to be altered, rotated or even hanging off the edge. Or quickly removed.

Pic is by the phone, held above mý head, could not get it steady - this is sixth attempt and best of the bunch!



Oh, the scouring pad on the drill base is ideal for cleaning swarf etc off the work surface without scratching.  I love the scewdriver, it has an internal rotating  magazine that takes 10 normal bits and a top slides that moves them in and out of the hex drive. Won't take a 10mm socket or the hex to 1/4" adapter though . . .

Later: When I get more confident with the router I will rebate the top to set that strip in flush, leave it there and add another on top as a hold down. But I have to countersink the holes and use several smaller screws that end up sub-flush.  I hope they still have those strips in stock somewhere near that price!
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