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Stanley
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Posted -  25/11/2004  :  14:20
I've always been fascinated by the things people do in their spare time when they can do exactly what they want to do. Men and sheds are a particularly fertile field. Women tend to do their thing in the comfort of the house.



I was delighted to see Andy's picture of the clock movement he has made.







It struck me that we could perhaps start a new topic devoted to spare time skill. So Andy starts it off and my contribution is this:







It's a small steam engine made from scratch and is based on the Stuart 5A but a longer stroke. One of these will drive a 14 foot boat with steam at 250psi. By the way, we don't like to call them models, it's exactly the same construction and materials as a full size engine, just smaller. So come on out there, let's hear about what you make in your spare time. I reckon we could be in for some surprises!


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Marcia
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Posted - 25/11/2004 : 16:35
Does that make it a miniature, rather than a model?


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Ringo
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Posted - 25/11/2004 : 19:35
What is spare time? 3 kids and 2 dogs make sure that there isnt much of it in our house.


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Hatepe (R.I.P.)
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Posted - 25/11/2004 : 20:06
Every bloke should have a "shed", his own inner sanctum, away from Coronation Street, the Missus when she is nagging and the kids when they are wrecking the furniture.
I have promised my New Zealand wife that when I retire this coming Christmas and when we sell the home in Titirangi we will move down country away from the hurly burley of City life and I WANT a shed and a greenhouse. A stove in the shed and an old couch, my tools on the wall, a work bench, some where I can even brew a drop of "home brew", a lock on the door and a computer with its own landline connection and then I won't hear those famous words (Not on that bloody thing again are you....??) UTOPIA!!!!!
When I see a building being pulled down, I always ask the wrecker if I can have some of the old timber joists and rafters, hard as bricks is the wood, but it makes excellent garden furniture. I keep on turning a garden seat out or a small garden table and there is a queue in my extended family for summat for the garden. I also make "clothes horses" or clothes maidens as my granny used to call them, we do get excellent drying weather here, but a clothes horse in front of the heater or wood burner is much desired by these Kiwi Ladies for the winter months.
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marilyn
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Posted - 25/11/2004 : 23:06
My nearest and dearest is not to be trusted in the shed except for the purpose of retrieving the lawn mower and the whipper-snipper. That's just the way it is!


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Ringo
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Posted - 25/11/2004 : 23:24
I have seen Stanley's 'shed' and believe me there isn't room for a lawnmower in there!


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 04:53
Marcia, you are right, miniature is far better but it's all relative, the engine up above weighs about 25 lbs. So not really miniature. It's just a steam engine. I have always said that there are two ways to find out how something works, take it to pieces or build one. My dad always said 'If some bugger can put it together, I can take it to pieces!'

I'll put a pic of the playroom up after I have taken Jack for a burn-up......


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 06:32
Newton Pickles said that this was the best workshop he had ever seen because it has a radiator in it!! The big problem with sheds and machinery is changes in temperature leading to rust, it doesn't happen in here.



For any of you nuts that are interested, Harrison Lathe, Johnny Pickles big ornamental lathe, Vertical mill, horizontal mill, Clarkson tool and cutter grinder, 250 amp oil cooled welder, pillar drill and all the usual bits and pieces plus one or two quite unusual ones collected over the years. Andy, change the incontinence pad and get John to bring you across, we can play out for an hour.....


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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 19:10
I have a shed but its full of Catherines gardening stuff and anyway I'm not much cop at doing anything with my hands. My solitary indoor pastime is dabbling in watercolours. I'm not much cop at that either but I do enjoy it and Catherine and the kids are quire complementary. Anyway here is my attempt to capture our patio ( backyard) in early summer.
My URl's done a bunk, back in a minute



Edited by - Another on 26 Nov 2004 20:55:30

Edited by - Another on 26 Nov 2004 20:58:46


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andydiamond
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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 20:09
WOW. ......Are you sure that is a pic of your workshop Stanley?, it looks more like Rolls toolroom!
Have you done any Ornamental Turning Stan? I have a home made O.T. lathe which makes some very nice pieces,usually from Ebony.
Andy.


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andydiamond
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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 20:13
Forgot to mention, Barrowford John has made some SUPERB grandfather clock cases in Oak,I will post a pic if I can find one.

Colin, don't worry about doing things with your hands, you have elevated drinking to an art form..
Andy.


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Christian
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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 20:57
I have a garage but its full of exercise machines..My spare time is spent on Tyler/working out/computers/my puppy/guitars. Other than that Im working or sleeping.


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mporter
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Posted - 26/11/2004 : 22:20
I don't really have any hobbies or spare time come top think of it. I get up ar 5.15am each morning and go to work, come home and do dinner, help kids with homework etc then go to bed. I suppose reading is my favorite pastime, I will read anything and everything, we are big into books in this house. The kids read alot as well.

After this weekend I should be able to start gardening (another favorite) as we are laying a lawn today (all 85 square metres of it) then I can start and plant out the garden beds. (Look out Mick, I feel a trip to the nurseries coming on!!!!!).


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marilyn
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Posted - 27/11/2004 : 05:16
I enjoy gardening too, but it has been almost 40degrees (C) here the past few days...and it is not the sort of weather to plant anything. My greatest pastime is quilting, and I can do that inside in airconditioned comfort.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 27/11/2004 : 07:05
Colin, stop being so reticent, I envy people who can draw and paint so much. Earlier this week I saw a skein of Canada Geese crossing the moon in the dark and reflected that an artist could capture that, a camera can't.

Andy. I've never got the ornamental lathe running since I moved in here but I have the medallion machine and various rests and milling attachments. The epicycloidal chucks for it are in the Science Musem and they won't lend them to me! I reckon it's the biggest OT lathe in the world, Johnny Pickles made it in 1956 and it won Bronze at Soc of Ornamental Turners in London. He made it to try ornamental turning but it's main use was gear-cutting for his tower clocks, the copy of the Birch lathe he made earlier wasn't big enough. Nice to hear John makes th cases, I was wondering who did them for you. Johnny Pickles and Newton made several long case regulators and GF clocks but always farmed the cases and the dials out. They reckoned that this was specialised work and they were better off doing what they knew best.


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Posted - 27/11/2004 : 07:49
AndyD, its taken me 10 hours and a hangover to realise that your compliments are extremely barbed(and funny). Did you think that one for yourself or did Elaine have to do it ??


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