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    Lake Wabumun, Alberta, Canada

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  1. We are Moving

    But you don't see the magic force field all around me that deflects; falling drywall bits, traps all dust and neutralizes any propensity to move toward organic objects (me) automatically prevents my toes from stepping on or stubbing them in any way, as i go to kneel the field thicken to form soft pads exactly where they are needed. Demolition always puts a smile on my face. Vaddoc enjoy your years.... in 27 years I'll be 97 my plan is to still be building models then, likely a bit slower though...it will be an interesting journey getting there for sure. We have 9 days left to be clear of Seba, still a bit of cleaning up to do at the acreage. Michael
  2. First Resawing Adventure

    Cliff Your resawn lumber looks great, and a good solution for the sharing of tools. On Thursday last week we had some tree pruners come and do some serious thinning of some overgrown apple trees in the back yard. I took the time to share my affection for wood and let the pruners see my collection of wood. I gave the foreman a small piece of boxwood. Next thing he asks for my phone number and says that they get to cut stuff like Russian Olive, Cherry and Elm. He will call me when something good comes up. I will be re-sawing the apple and stickering it for future work. Michael
  3. We are Moving

    An update on the move. The new home was pretty much perfect...except for the tiny bedroom adjacent to the front door, since this room was not going to be used for its intended purpose or for an office it had to go. Yes I know the health and safety guys will be calling round to give me heck for not wearing all the appropriate gear. Dealing with the floor was challenging, I matched up the boards as best I could from both the grain type and thickness. the earlier work by previous owners had sanded the floors and stained the oak a shade or two darker than the natural color. Fitting in the last board, was a pleasant surprise. The next task was to sand the floor level again knowing that I would have to match the color. The sanded floor has been given a close stain which will likely need to be modified once I test an area with the satin finish, that can come after all the top work is finished The supporting column will be clad with some redwood, the same wood that I salvaged from the garage door that I used to build the buzzards bay 14 from. So the mudding continues. then the new tile goes down in the entry. Who said retirement was a time for quiet reflection and working on hobbies. Michael
  4. Things are getting much tighter now, crunch time to get everything moved from the old shop/house. I am going to require some creative arranging now to get things fully integrated. The pictures give a sense of the organized chaos that needs to be dealt with. Michael
  5. A Modeler does a TED Talk on making miniatures

    Well watching this Ted Talk made my day. I was familiar with Bill's work, but had not seen him talk about it. What I love about this making things in miniature is that there are always new challenges and things to learn. Then there are people that come to our attention that cause us to work a little harder to do a better job next time we pick up a tool. I would certainly enjoy watching over Bills shoulder for a few days. Michael
  6. Good morning Kieth, the floor is a subfloor over the old concrete garage floor. It feels very solid not bouncy at all. I am getting close to having everything in the shop now that will stay. Dusty tools are on wheels in the garage. Now I am in the middle of a minor renovation in the house. I removed a couple of walls and am merging some oak hardwood into the places where the old walls sat. and insetting some floor tile at the front entrance. I will add a couple of pics in `We are Moving`thread later. Michael
  7. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    Seems to me that rules and definitions are moving targets. These are also full of exceptions; supplies Fasteners glues drawings trees-wood metal-castings Tools purchased leased home made etc My personal view is that as technology advances so will the builders that use the technology. Tools are tools, Materials are just that. Scratch building is a catch all category in my view. All that said, Museums set Standards, that look to the long time frame regarding the maintenance and or deterioration of their collections. Not all museums are created equal in this regard. As chuck said from a hobby point of view does it really matter? Are you satisfied with what you are doing, who's standards are you working to...your own or someone else. Finally I'm still looking for a store that is selling all sorts of scratch, (smiling) Michael
  8. Keith thanks for the pic of your bookcase, my collection is much smaller. yesterday and this morning I spent about 8 hours moving the mill from Seba to the new shop. I had already disassembled the mill,about 3 hours to do that. I started at 3:30pm and loaded all the parts into the trailer, then using the rolling scaffold as a dolly moved all the parts to the new shop from the trailer. The next steps took from 6:30 to 9 pm The pillar was bolted to the base so that I could tilt it over in order to slide the head back on. The head was the single heaviest part probably in the 100lb range. after the head was on the pillar I cranked it as close to the base as possible then stood it back up. The slit it off the scaffold onto the fixed up milling bench. Very tired but happy with the progress. This morning another couple of hours saw the rest assembled. because the new shop policy is to have most everything able to be put away I added some drawers to the base bench. I have opted to leave the big rotary table off unless I really need it. I am going to add a simple easy to remove guard for the belts rather than the big lid that came with the machine. The last task is to put a longer cord to the switch rather than use an extension cord. The ship has also been moved to the new shop. Now off to bed.
  9. Hi Keith. here are a few pictures of the carriage stop. the stop operates with the forward and backward brass stops in the main square block to give 2 positions and the unit on the carriage end is for adding one of 6 different slips which are miked to 1/4 inch increments from 1 inch to 2 1/2 which gives a lot of combinations. The switch on the top is the original rotary forward and reverse switch that came with the lathe, I have got used to having it up on top. The books on the shelf are some bound volumes of Model Engineer from 1972, 1973, 1974, then 1980,1981,1982, 1983, I cannot remember why the remaining1970,s are not included, maybe I let the subscription lax. The floor sweeps nicely... Michael
  10. A bit more shuffling in the new workplace. I moved the two sets of pine drawers up to the north east corner. I have added a couple of drawer sets on each side of the birch worktable as well. The two cabinets were just about 1/2 inch higher that the table so I replaced the IKEA floor glides with some thicker ones and now the table is about a 1/16th higher so a longer piece can slide over top. Added a dedicated shelf for the bound volumes of Model Engineer at the workbench. I have now positioned the lathe with a new backboard that is going to double up as a display cabinet on the north side. It is all a bit tighter than in the old shop but it is coming together nicely. I have started to take the big mill apart in order to move it (700 lbs) I will need a bit of help with the base part though. The new workplace feels pretty luxurious at the moment, Judy is keeping an eye on the progress. That's all for now. Michael
  11. We are Moving

    Added a couple of cherry end tables, they were pretty easy to make. Michael
  12. Jerry it is a Myford ML7 that I purchased in 1970. Michael
  13. Yes I read the recent news that Flying Scotsman needed some help climbing a slippery slope in Somerset. I worked on stripping down the lathe a bit in preparation for a new bench and the move today. I am going to use the old lathe Cabinet for the mill in the new shop. Michael
  14. Possible ebony substitute

    I have been whittling away on my billet of ebony now for about 40 years it was 36 x 7 x 6 with an adze finish when i purchased it cost me the (exorbitant sum of $70 at the time) very happy I spent the money then. I still have enough left to last the rest of my lifetime given the rate at which I have been using it. it is sitting on the cherry top for the new end tables. Michael
  15. Ah The secret is out! As a kid I used to collect bus numbers, similar to the train spotting that so many of us did in our schooldays. In 1960-1961 I saw every single London Trolleybus that was in the London Transport Fleet, and watched the first Routmaster leave Park Royal. The single deck country Bedfords are iconic of earlier times, and the liveries were elegant and not cluttered with crass advertising in my view. Now regarding Mallard..... The most beautiful steam locomotive ever to run on steel rails in my opinion (The J class of locomotives, in yacht parlance) The display case for the 00 gauge Mallard and the rake of teak coaches is still being designed and will have a prominent location in the new shop, the case will also have the Flying Scotsman on a lower level. One of my favourite memories as a 12 year old, is standing on the turntable in Kings Cross Shed with 2 schoolmates as an A4 trundled onto it as it was heading out for the station. (The turntable was filled so that the pit was not open more like a giant lazy Susan for safety) We were able to do things in those days that would be unheard of these days of electrification and security. I spent hours in Old Oak Common, and Willesden Sheds as well. Michael