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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2013, 12:38:06 PM »
Hi Dave.
           Re the new bits, all will become clear in time (pun intended).

I know what you mean about the fence panels, I was knackerd after putting in just 4 of the things.

"Men in sheds" was started in OZ some years ago and in this part of the world was started about two years

ago by Age UK with lottery funding. There are four "sheds" in Cheshire and they are a place to go for any

bloke over 55, where you can carry on with any hobby (mainly woodwork), learn new crafts Etc. or just

go for a brew and a natter.  The pics show part of the Crewe shed, Some of the blokes (for those that

don't know me, that is me sitting at the front, green coat, black cap, and hairy face )  The last one shows

the "shed" with Joe the co-ordinator on the right.  Well you did ask. :palm: :palm: :palm:

Cheers Dek. :med:

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2013, 02:26:22 PM »
Good idea, not one around here AFAIK.
 
Looks a damn sight warmer than my garage.
 
There was a Ch4 programme some years ago about Aussies & Sheds, I think I may have it on DVD somewhere ..
Unless I've slung it ...  :palm:
 
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #27 on: May 09, 2013, 12:30:56 PM »
Hi Folks.   Done a bit more at the clock this morning and I am quite pleased with the results. The clock face will be a piece of black "Perspex" mounted on an ally frame with brass covers on the sides.  The brass is 16 gauge and I wanted to mitre the corners. :scratch: I did it using a 10mm 90 degree spot drill as a milling cutter, and much to my surprise it worked a treat.  :ddb: :ddb: :ddb: The pic of the joint is not too good, but the joint is good.

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2013, 10:49:06 AM »
Eyup, he's done a bit more ...  :thumbup:
 
A bit belated from 9 May .... something else I've missed ... :palm:
 
Very nice bit of mitreing there Deko, never would I think of using a spot-drill, but you and it did a good job.
 
Was never any good at mitreing wood in my model boat days. Some of the 'joints' I made were hideous. The rest were nowhere near as good ....  :doh:
 
Anyway, just checking .... carry on with the good work. Onward and Upward ...
 
 
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2013, 05:52:04 AM »
Thanks for the kind words Dave, I was never much good at mitre joints myself so I was very surprised when these turned out OK  :scratch:  I used the spot drill instead of a proper dovetail cutter, because I wanted to cut to a scribed line on the inside of the plates, and I would not have been able to see the line if using the dovetail cutter as the plates would have to have been mounted the other way up.
I think this job must be jinxed as I have not had time to do very much more since cutting those joints. I have been lumbered with jobs like the one shown below. I.E. renovating a Bentley continental. YUK.

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2013, 01:08:36 PM »
Hi Deko
 
Yuk?? It's a nice motor, better looking than the ones we have now. All look the same to me ...
 
Burr walnut dash ?? Swankier than 'soft-touch' plastic IMHO. And no Satnav, but then one doesn't need one  with a flunkey to drive one around does one ... err...innit ??
 
That last pic. is giving me backache just looking at it ...  :(
 
Best of luck with it ...
 
 
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2013, 05:27:59 PM »
Dave I agree that it is a nice looking motor, BUT, this one had been messed about with big time. The

wiring had ended up like a bowl of spaghetti. :zap: :zap: :zap:  You are also right about the backache.

I finished the job a week ago, and my back is only just starting to straighten out.  :( 

Cheers Dek. :med:

P.S. John and I are still waiting for a visit.  :thumbup:

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2014, 12:36:19 PM »
Hi Folks, it's that man again. :palm:  If anyone is still interested in this VERY long running item, here are the latest bits. The first pic (if they appear in the right order), is the new base. The base shown in all previous photo's was only ever intended to be temporary. The second photo is the back of the base, showing the wiring Etc.. Third one is the clock face which is also black "Perspex" but at the moment with a protective film to mark out on, and the last one is all the bits that now need polishing. :(  I hate polishing !!!   With a bit of luck I may even finish the thing THIS YEAR. :poke:

Cheers Dek.

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2014, 07:44:16 PM »
I can't wait to see this one finished!
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2014, 01:06:23 AM »
Me too, thought you had gone off to see the world or something,  :lol: I have found the clock a most interesting topic. Thank you for posting.
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2014, 02:09:23 AM »
Looking good for completion Dek  :thumbup:

Don't forget polish it behind the door  :lol:

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2014, 03:08:25 AM »
Thanks for the interest gents. I can't wait to see it finished myself now the end is in sight as it were, pity I have lots of other things that need taking care of that use up so much time.

Stew ! my polishing spindle is right behind the workshop door, and that is the ONLY door that will get polished behind.  :palm: I HATE POLISHING !!!!! :(

Cheers Dek. :med:

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2014, 09:18:15 PM »
As Dek would say.... Ayup  :wave: 


As promised to Dek the other day I said I would post a few pic's of his shiny bits!!  :bugeye:

Taken on my phone but lost a bit of lustre in re-sizing.... They are some of the shiniest bits I've ever seen!  :)

 











Well, that's that... Contract fulfilled Dek  :thumbup:


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« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2014, 09:47:18 PM »
There is just one thing to say about this... Just Wow. There must bin used a lot of hours behind that workshop door :drool:
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2014, 11:55:56 PM »
Looks great Ralph.  I am looking forward to seeing assembled.

Have you used anything to preserve the shine?

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2014, 03:28:47 AM »
Col,   It's Dek's clock. I just took the photo  :thumbup:

Will let Dek answer your question later  :D






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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #41 on: March 14, 2014, 01:27:13 PM »
Hi Folks.
              Ralph, cheques in the post. :D  Sid, yes quite a few hours but I don't know just how many as I have not yet got a finished clock to watch. :palm: Col, I have used some stuff called "clockshine" from www.m-p.co.uk . It has something called "canuba" wax in it and came highly recommended by some clock building folk on another forum. I just hope it works because it ain't getting polished again.

Cheers Dek. :med: 

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2014, 05:37:09 PM »
I just hope it works because it ain't getting polished again.

You think? I sincerely hope not, but carnauba wax would probably limit but not stop the oxidisation of brass. (It's used much in the horrible brown stuff world for various bits, especially turning) 

Anyways, fantastic work, i can't wait to see it finished. Please hurry  :D
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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #43 on: March 21, 2014, 11:18:49 PM »
Can't wait to see it back together. My mind is performing summersaults trying to figure out how it goes together.

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« Reply #44 on: March 22, 2014, 04:20:47 PM »
Eric, my mind has just been doing a few summersaults as the latest photos will show. Henning, I don't expect the wax to last "forever" just long enough to let folks see it looking at it's best. 

The following photos show the fibres being attached at the sub assembly ends. The cylinder jobby is for the "seconds" and was a pig of a job to get 120 fibres into the outer cylinder. (there will be two rows of lights to show the seconds). The last two photos show the "works" fitted to the new base, which is being held up on a jig to allow me to reach under the base to fix the bits on. The fibres (that go to the, as yet unfinished face) can be seen hanging down on the right hand side of one of the photos. The photos are not very good as I only have an old, small digi camera, however I hope to persuade my mate Ralph (he likes shiny things) to make a vid when the clock is finished.
I hope you all like the job so far.

Cheers Dek.

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« Reply #45 on: March 22, 2014, 05:13:48 PM »
Amazing Dek. :clap:

I promise I'll pedal over to see it when it's finished.

Cheers.

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« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2014, 06:29:57 PM »
Thanks Phil.   :bow: I will hold you to that promise to visit when the thing is finished. :poke:

I really like your vice mod, yet another job for when the clock is finished. :thumbup:

Cheers Dek. :med:

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #47 on: March 23, 2014, 06:39:48 PM »
Absolutely fantastic, exquisite work Dek.  :clap: :clap:

Way beyond me, to figure out what's going off........  :scratch:

Love it!  :thumbup:

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Re: Fibre Optic Clock.
« Reply #48 on: March 23, 2014, 08:06:22 PM »
Looking good Dek  :jaw:  ..... You have been busy :ddb:



Course I'll bring the camera over... Tripod too. Get some very steady shots... Oh, I'll bring the filters too. Bound to be a ton of glare off of the brass  :headbang:




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« Reply #49 on: March 23, 2014, 10:36:13 PM »
Obviously I like brass (check the handle!)

I just have no words.  :bow:
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