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Alan Evans

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  1. Grand looking machines, are they running on steam or converted to air? There does not appear to be any lagging on the delivery pipes... Best bet would be to ask John Nicholson of Massey in UK. http://www.masseyforging.com/home.htm The pressure of steam or air acting on the diameter of the piston are the starting point, but only give you the same result as for a hydraulic press. Crucially the length of stroke it accelerates through will have the greatest effect on the effectiveness of the hammer. Perhaps next best bet is to look at the Massey hammer brochure which shows that th
  2. I do most of my drawing (and writing) with a Rotring Fine nib Art Pen...lovely tool. Rotring made the Rapidograph fixed width technical drawing pens I used to use on Permatrace film and paper on the drawing board. Coincidently, I have just this day taken delivery of a new Art Pen from Amazon. My old favourite has logged up over 30 odd years of daily use and is still going strong...I remember having it in 1988 when Buck Rogers set off...I remember that year because I called Snap! to David Petersen's identical Art Pen when he and I attended one of our preliminary meetings with the Welsh Art
  3. It is almost surrounded by the formerly heavily industrialised Black Country boroughs to the west of Birmingham but is reckoned to be part of Birmingham. UK
  4. Someone emailed me and said the link was broken and they were unable to download the handbook from here. Here it is again in case it is of use to anybody else. Alan Alldays Manual and specification.pdf
  5. Is there any particular reason why you are not following the recipe I posted at the start of the thread? Twice in the OP I wrote that you melt the wax then pour it into the White Spirit. You describe trying to add the thinners to the molten wax...For reasons of safety using a similar logic to always adding acid to water...I aways add the hot wax to the volatile White Spirit in order to ensure that a small amount of of the White Spirit is not heated immediately to the temperature of the wax....a small amount of hot wax is added to the cooler body of White Spirit thus the volatile thi
  6. As someone who has worked with his hands all his life I am certainly not denigrating my fellow craftsmen. I am sorry my post has evidently come over that way. This is a thread about relative hourly rates and job costing. I was trying to make a comparison between the investment in equipment and premises of a sole trader blacksmith and that of a sole trader who worked on site...ie had no premises overhead. Electricians and plumbers were mentioned because of Kozzy's post earlier...the same comparison applies between any tradesman that can work from a tool bag and one that requires a pr
  7. And get back to coffee first! Glad to hear it, well done! Alan
  8. It would be interesting to hear from any (jobbing/domestic) plumbers or electricians on here with a foot in both camps so to speak. I have always marvelled at how much per hour they can charge for their time. Given the minimal investment in premises and equipment those trades have...and the narrow area of knowledge required relative to that of a jobbing metalworker / blacksmith, who as often as not are equipped and capable of basic plumbing and electrical work. Maybe it is just their skill and experience which means although there is not much scope for creativity, the efficiency of t
  9. Could you use those in a shaper? The ones on the old machine I knew, I remember as being much heavier top to bottom (or in shaper terms front to back). I hated the machine...but Angus my fellow student loved it. I was always waiting for it to go bang...to be fair it never did. Alan
  10. I think only the long one is a boring bar. The others are just standard left, facing, parting/grooving, thread cutting(?) and right. With the paint I presume that they are tipped with either HSS or carbide depending on their generation. Alan
  11. You misunderstand me...I was referring to the years indivisible by two. Alan
  12. I thought it sounded like something to do with a distopian film by one of the old Monty Python team. Alan
  13. One of the advantages of that tuning fork idea is that you could build in a clamp for an end stop...I usually put a mark on the floor to align the bolt cutter and have an Immoveable object the appropriate distance away to feed the bar to.....or just chalk mark the lengths onto the bar. However I have to say that I have used the bolt croppers fairly infrequently over the last 40 odd years so maybe I will just carry on using them on an ad hoc basis! Alan
  14. What a clever man you are! That is a very interesting concept I will log away for the future. I make up phosphoric acid pickling tanks with sheets of polythene laid onto 4x2 timbers....or whatever suits the project... I make clear polythene sheet envelopes sealed up with duct tape to contain the media so I can recycle it when shot blasting objects too big for the cabinet. I use a glass jar to contain brass, citric acid and detergent to isolate the dirty / cleaning solution from the transmission solution in the Ultrasonic Cleaner tank...maybe I will try that in a polythene bag, i
  15. That looks an interesting idea. The two reasons I use it at floor level however are; that resting it on the ground means most of your body weight is above it, which means less effort required; that the floor acts as a continuous trestle and supports however long the standing bar or cut off piece may be. These two points are especially handy when working solo. Both ends of the bar always jump when you go through, and invariably the longest end falls off the bench. It also means you did not have to lift it onto the bench or trestle in the first place! I have made it into a proto
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