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  1. Decided not to go with the resin, found it but not sure how long its been sitting there, so went with the stickmans special perspex which has never let me down so far. Cut out and attached the brass spacer, plenty to grind off that. Then attached the perspex block and lets get filing.... Lots of filing and sanding to 3000..... Getting there... On to polishing Good badge is still clear. and nothing has got inside. Happy Days Just have to give the whole thing a good polish and get the shine up, then its the attaching it to the shank bit, will be doing that tomorrow.
  2. I have a stencil that I simply stick on and then PVA over the top, peel off the stencil then put a small sheet of gold leaf on, dab it down and wait for the glue to dry then carefully peal off the access of leaf and then a coat of modge podge spray on sealer and its pretty permanent. But as its on rod rest's I wouldn't guarantee they will stay there a lifetime.
  3. Watch the video's on you tube seriously intricate work, proper craftsmen. Looks like you need specialist equipment to, the blowtorch they use is like a laser, such a fine fierce flame.
  4. That white gunk is nitrate which eventually stops the bacon cooking, it dries to a brown gunk and bonds at molecular level to the frying pan and actually creates a heat shield between the pan and the bacon, Heston Bloomingfield told me at the ideal home exhibition so it must be true. And he didn't tell me directly he told the whole crowd. I just happened to be there. Dry cured streaky all day long for me won't touch Supermarket bacon even their supposed "finest" if you can see through it it probably rank.
  5. Embedding Resin, brilliant product if you get the mix 100% spot on, slightly out and won't cure properly. I have some somewhere in the shed, Not sure if its got a shelf life, But it would indeed do the trick.
  6. Still off work so next project under way, have to make a walking stick for a friend of a friend, he didn't want a conventional handle type walking stick or a thumbstick so I hope I have come up with what he had in mind. I asked my mate if he had a dog, cat etc something to put in the handle so to speak but as his hobby was jigsaw puzzles and drinking down the legion, I went for the latter. I embedded the badge in Milliput, capped off the cut with brass and ox bone spacer, I now have to come up with a method of finishing the top, not 100% sure how I'm going to proceed with that, Its going to have a brass liner and a special type of perspex top which I am going to shape and polish into a dome, but its the securing part I'm pondering over, I can epoxy the brass liner down no problem, but how to secure the perspex. I'm worried If I use epoxy you will see it through the perspex and even though it does dry clear, I still think you will see it and it could look a bit ****. I could use four brass screws and neatly screw the perspex to the top but that would not then be sealed and you would get condensation appear inside covering the badge. So at the moment I'm having a think. And then after that I have to come up with a way to mount the head onto the shank at an angle so the dome when its done is almost horizontal so its comfortable in the hand. I have angled the cut at the bottom of the antler as a starting point, I can put the connector into the shank straight but its going to have to go into the antler at quite an angle so I hope there's enough room or the connector will hit the side with a probable burst out and a major temper tantrum from myself.
  7. Well that's a lie more like all day. Been off work with Gout so decided as it was bearable today I would try and get some projects out of the way. Been asked to make some rod rest's , easy enough I thought, got the 3/8 BSF Dies plenty of brass rod and some glow in the dark resin blocks which I thought would be a nice touch, for night fishing. Any who I had a design in mind and started out. First of all rough out the shapes on the blocks with the bandsaw, Stuff is hard , lost a bandsaw blade, got a few spares 2 blades later and I have the shape I need. It wasn't long before I encountered a problem, These blocks are full of air pockets, Don't know if they weren't in the vacuum long enough or there seems to be some crystal effect in them so maybe they held on to the air bubbles creating the pockets but they certainly gave me a headache. Had to put a large screw through the middle of the butt rest as when I started sanding and shaping there was this great hole appeared, I had to cut away back to solid then stick another bit on the bottom, Epoxy would not have done the job on its own so had to use the brass screw to hold it study. Anyway got around the issues of what I thought would have been a simple enough job And they polished up ok too. And yep they do glow in the dark Quite pleased how they came out after a bit of grief and head scratching, Next project is a walking stick, antler top with a Royal British Legion theme. Should be interesting.
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    Techy question

    Thanks chaps all working now, turned it off took the sim out as above gave it a wipe put it back, turned it back on and now all working again. Simples.
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    Techy question

    Any phone experts help me with my Samsung S10? Its stopped sending texts, it will receive texts but if I try to reply or just send one I get a message send failed message. My daughter has had a look into the settings etc and she can find nothing wrong with it, no changes have been made and the software is up to date. (she is the go to person for phone issues) Rang Virgin who after putting me through to the wrong dept 3 times couldn't clarify the problem. It just stopped sending them Friday afternoon, everything else works, I'm not a big texter but some of my associates can only communicate via text. Got to be something simple but the message center number is active and as daughter said everything is set to send and receive but it just wont. Anyone have any ideas?
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    Six Nations

    Would love the Irish to win. Wales looked very strong against Italy but then again my sons Sunday rugby team would look strong against Italy. England may struggle a bit without the luxury of Twickenham this year, they tend to shine on home turf Scotland played their usual. France is always a concern. Honestly going to go for Wales.
  11. Finally picked up my new pup the other day, he was called Seamus but my wife took out a court order banning the name seamus, its her brother and nephews name so a total no go. Now I am no dog expert but Webley as he is now officially called, wasn't the runt of the litter but he was quite small, he and his other sister where always pushed out the way by the other pups, What has surprised me was how quick he has settled in, almost instant, a cautious sniff here and there and then off he went, We have a quite large Rag Doll cat who got instantly rugby tackled by the pup but instead of shredding the pup to bits they ended up rolling around on the floor, the pup did clamp down on the cats gonads yesterday which briefly bought an end to the tussle but they where soon back jumping on each other. The cat seems to love it and waits for Webley to wander past and pounces on him. Its great to watch no malice from the cat at all which in my experience of cats is strange. Sounds like a good thing but its how quickly he has settled in that bothers me, my last pup moped around for days, sat in his basket with the blanket the breeder gave me. took him quite a while to find his feet/paws. This little fella thinks he owns the place, confident barks at the front door when someone knocks. Basically what I am asking is am I going to have problems with him when he's older? Silly question maybe but I have heard some dogs are difficult/impossible to train. His confidence and attitude got to admit worries me a bit. The mother who was a French Bulldog was a bit boisterous but that's understandable you are taking her pups The father who's quite a large Staffie was the most placid dog I've seen every time we went to see the pup, Frank thats the fathers name would walk up and roll over wanting his belly rubbed. So I was wondering where this little fella has got his attitude problem from?
  12. When I was a kid shops in our village used to shut half day on Wednesday, All Christmas and Shut all day Sunday.
  13. As I'm only 5 none of that rings a bell I'm afraid.
  14. My first Stickleback Knife I ever made was out of a circular saw blade. Difficult to work with I found, tends to warp a bit during heat treat.
  15. Thanks for the replies people Getting better swelling gone down, eye has now opened up and can see out of it. Jaw is still sore, been on soup and protein shakes, could murder steak and chips, Not heard anything from the police, gave a statement but they said they have everything they need on CCTV got him as clear as day, just got to find him, not where he is supposed to be, more than likely done a bunk. The older fella he gave a kicking to is ok, bruised and shaken up, told me he's been drinking in that pub for 35 years.....he won't be going back, frightened the life out of him. I was supposed to go back to work today but I think I'll swerve it till next week bit of luck me face will be mine again. Thanks again for the reply's and I hope they catch him and he ends up in Pentonville or better still The Scrubs see how long he lasts in there.
  16. Cheers, yes apparently the police have the whole thing on CCTV including him knocking a 67 year old man to the ground because he was on his phone.
  17. I'm not a fan of Christmas, something catastrophic usually occurs, illness in the family, Breakdown of something or other boiler, car etc. Only this year I thought I may have gotten away with it until the other night, Sunday night to be exact. I was having a sociable ale in the local, when this...to say the least angry individual walks in shouting and screaming at the bar staff, He obviously has a problem with the pub staff. He stands at the bar a few feet from me and is still hurling threats and abuse, So I decide to go for a cigarette. The next thing I know I am waking up in an ambulance. Apparently he hit with something hidden up his sleeve as I walked away. I said nothing to this fella at all, no eye contact nothing. He just decided he didn't like me and knocked me spark out. I have no idea who he was, never seen him before in me life. Spent the night in hospital as I lost consciousness, I have a face like beach ball on my right side, I cannot eat except soup my teeth don't seem to line up anymore and I have a constant ringing in my right ear,. And cannot see out of my right eye, Thankfully nothing broken and the swelling will go down in time, given anti inflammatories and pain killers so everything should return to normal according to the doctor. I seriously do not get why this happened. I said nothing to the bloke I am quite a proud person and I am kicking myself that I did nothing but as I said I didn't see it coming so what could I have done. Anyway hopefully only one day left of Christmas so praying that was the only incident, like I said Business as usual.
  18. I was going to quit smoking new year but my son bought the most hi tech lighter for me, its a plasma lighter lots of neon blue lights and two purple plasma streaks that look like the restraining beams from the Star Wars pod racing scene. No gas, flint, you just charge it with phone lead and away it goes, love it.
  19. Thank you all, I was expecting some "way too early comments" but I can understand some saying that, I think young Seamus will fit into the family quite well, also since George passed That cat has been strutting around like he owns the place. Had the christmas tree over 3 time so far. So hopefully Seamus will restore some authority If anyone is wondering why Seamus,? my brother in law is called Seamus and he to say the least dislikes all bully breeds for some unfounded reason, when we first got George him and his wife refused to come over just in case George who was a 13 week old pup when we got him, tore their 5 year old daughter to bits. Not been to visit for 14 years, we have to go to them. Soon as they found out George had passed away they wanted to come down for Xmas, I told them to do one (or words to that effect) anyway my brother in law also sports the most gigantic set of ears you have seen this side of a fruit bat. So Seamus it is. Merry Christmas all and a Happy New year. Tight lines, good shooting etc etc.
  20. I have a bobbin sander, apart from my belt grinder its THE most useful bit of kit in my shed, Shame its so big as its a pain to keep getting it off the shelf and making space on the work top using it then putting it back, just haven't got the room for a permanent place for it. Its a clarke model. Do like bit of clarke machinery very reliable.
  21. After the passing of George my Staffie a few weeks back, I made the conscious decision of no more dogs. Unfortunately my daughter didn't share my decision, she said she couldn't bare to see me so miserable. So she hatched a plan to get me to take her to look at a mountain bike she bought on Gumtree oe Spock whatever its called, So we goto this house and I am surrounded by seven Staffie/French bulldog X. My daughter says "Pick one" anyway I wasn't best pleased, but after 6 of them had run off to attack something far more interesting, one pup remained at my feet. My daughter says "pick him up then dad" I reluctantly do and he looked at me and.................well you know the story. Pick him 7th January. This is him after having the micro chip and a few injections. Don't look very happy does he? nor would I if someone stuck a knitting needle in the back of my neck. Took this as I was leaving, I think I have a new friend. None of the others where there just him. And the give away French Bulldog lug holes. Don't get me wrong I was serious about not getting another dog and I still am not best pleased with my daughters underhanded tactics, but she was right I have been one miserable ****** lately, not been in my workshop at all, snapping at people, short tempered, Not a very nice person to be around. This new little chap is not a replacement for George that would be impossible, But one thing is for sure I have to have a dog in my life.
  22. I got an Evolution power saw last year and its the mutts danglies. That TCT blade that comes with it just don't go blunt, I've ripped through old decking with it, hit the odd decking screw on the way and it just keeps going. I would imagine it will wear soon and be probably cheaper to buy a new saw inc the blade. Those TCT blades ain't cheap.
  23. Went to the cinema last night with my son to see the new Star Wars film, Not brilliant if I'm honest. Obviously the last film so they had to wrap up the whole story and all the loose ends etc and it all seemed a bit rushed to me. Also there are furter 51 marvel films due out, sure its 51 could be wrong. Seriously though can they take the Avengers any further?, The Hulk by far the best character is now a professor stupid premise. the hulk smashes things that's what he does, that's all he does. Giving him an IQ to rival stephen hawking is ridiculous.
  24. Well still no sign of a 2x72 belt grinder shaped present under the tree, However I did spot pre wrapped a nice sized blacksmith hammer, got to be mine no one else at home as a use for one, And I know its the thought that counts but I was a tad perturbed to see in a bag a Silverline set of 3 long nosed pliers. Hate Silverline tools probably has this on the packaging somewhere Not that I'm ungrateful after all its the thought that counts but in my experience Silverline tools rarely survive removal from the packaging let alone light wear and tear. C'mon Santa get with the program mate, next year 2x72 belt grinder!! Thankfully silverline don't make one.....yet. My little clark belt grinder which has done me proud for the last 4 years is now showing signs of calling it a day, she asked me if I wanted a new one but clark have updated mine to a newer design and you can't remove the top wheel guard, on mine you can remove it exposing a wheel that is ideal for shaping handles etc.. I also asked for a PC engraver, my wife must have looked up the price as she hasn't mentioned it again so I can take it as fact that I ain't getting one of those either. What you chaps hoping for tool/shed wise?
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