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    Perth Western Australia
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    Blacksmithing, machine restoration

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  1. Caotropheus My flypress came without ball weights also (where do they go?) I added barbell plates all I needed to do was file some corners into the holes and Bobs your uncle I have since added some more for grunt and it would be easy to swap for bigger plates. I put the securing bits on but it probably doesn’t need them, also added some rubber pipe insulation to save my head.
  2. Thanks, the leaves are starting to rust and aren’t very dark just poor photography.
  3. I have a Makita 9 inch angle grinder which I don’t like using because of the risk. I am using a smaller grinder with electronic braking, deadman switch and speed control for cutting and grinding and I have a bench stand for a smaller (100mm) grinder and wondered if there is a way of repurposing the 9 inch grinder. suggestions?
  4. I had a pretty ordinary gate, works well but I wanted to make it more interesting. I have four fence panels that need some character, any suggestions?
  5. I haven’t got a guillotine but have just made my first spring swage (for making grapes) and wondered why a spring loaded guillotine hasn’t been produced so that it is open while putting stock in?
  6. Sooty

    Fly press

    Very late to this thread but I have a S & B fly press with threaded hole in the ram. I borrowed a range of 7/8 bolts from a fastener supplier with different threads as I didn’t have room to use a thread gauge and didn’t want to disassemble. One fitted so I returned bolts got its thread name 7/8 coarse ..... can’t remember rest. Drew up a tool holder with a threaded end and 1” hole with locking bolt had it machined. Works a treat the tool holder cost about 2/3 what I paid for fly press but made it usable. Working on tools now and a stand for press. Cheers
  7. I filed some corners into some exercise weights. I already had them so no cost but they are easy to get. The barbell clamps secure them nicely. I am building a stand to get it off the floor.
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