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  1. Thanks for the kind words Dave. The parts catcher is essential for me. I have a bad habit of flicking things across the room as for the drawers I am constantly on the lookout for how I can do that. I totally agree with you.
  2. Hi there, This is the light: https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/bench-lights-daylight Model L19529
  3. Thanks Chris, So far it is very light, but need to see what happens when I start using the lathe. I shall certainly consider diagonals if I get a problem. Thanks again
  4. Hi Chris, That looks great. I like the lighting you use. Yes carpet is a big issue. I do have a good magnet actually, but I was taught quite a clever technique of putting a stocking over a dyson hand held vacuum. Works pretty well too. I need more drawer space too, which you seem to have plenty of.
  5. Like a proud father, I feel the urge to show off my latest creation. We recently moved to a new house which finally gave me the space to have an office/workshop. I have been working on a tiny little homemade bench the past few years and have been dreaming of a proper bench. Sadly the ready made ones I wanted are way out of my league. My design goals were: Affordable versatile Free standing (i rent the house and cant drill bolts into the walls) Sturdy I got the original inspiration from Dan Spitz. http://danspitz.com/for-sale/ His concept is to make stunning workbench tops. You then supply the legs. However at £2,000 for the top, there was that budget thing again. I did however steal his idea (I don't actually know if he or someone else came up with it) of the routed groove along the edge. It has already proved to be a godsend in terms of catching small screws, and the odd tool. I decided to add a perspex screen on the back and down one side as I am notoriously rubbish at not flicking click springs etc across the room. So, the basics. Worktop: 40mm solid Beech kitchen work surface from Ebay 2000mm x 620mm - £85 Legs: Steel workbench legs from Machine Mart about £40 including shipping Bench support: 2 L shaped steel struts from an old Victorian bed. £5.00 from a salvage yard, cleaned up with an angle grinder then polished. Struts: 30mm square steel tubing from steel merchant £20.00 Danish oil for bare wood: £5.00 (four coats on either side) £20 for bolts and screws. So I made the whole thing for well under £200. The top is extremely heavy and I haven't totally managed to eradicate minimal side movement and ideally I would bolt it to the wall but as I said I can't. Still it isn't going anywhere and I love it. Of course you don't have to make it 2m long but I wanted somewhere for my lathe. I am building a perspex divider to protect the workbench from cuttings from the lathe. Anyway, I hope it might give some of you some ideas.
  6. Thanks so much. I hadn't thought of replacing the whole thing. I notice that the National basket has an inner diameter of 54mm (from memory) which is smaller than the more modern Elmas. Your idea is excellent and I'll keep my eyes peeled. I have attached a picture of my machine for reference. Thanks again
  7. Dear all, I have recently refurbished a vintage National Electric Watch Cleaning Machine. Working great. However, although I have the main basket, does anyone know if there are inner compartment baskets available for these? I don't like the thought of putting all the watch parts in the main basket and have them whacking around. any thoughts? Thanks
  8. Chopin, Literally minutes before I got your message, I had offered this guy $70 and he accepted. Thanks for taking the time. Very much appreciated. Nick
  9. Wow, how did you find these crazies?? Thanks so much for that. I'll keep their details safe. As it happens I have found and new old stock on Ebay, made an offer that was accepted. I really appreciate your help.
  10. Thanks Chopin. I have been researching all evening and found that the crystal is actually a part from Zodiac with the chapter ring and central emblem glued on. I am trying to trace one now. Thanks again.
  11. Hi All, Maybe a bit of a long shot here. I recently bought a crazy looking 1971 Zodiac Astrographic watch at an auction. It needs a service and I have found some info on the internet about it. However, the mineral crystal is very scratched and I feel I should replace it. However, as you will see from the photo, the crystal seems to have a chapter ring and a central emblem incorporated or glued on the inside. I can't see an obvious way to remove it and save it. the appropriate Zodiac service manual describes how to replace the crystal, but makes no mention of the chapter ring. Has anyone ever worked on one of these??? Thanks in advance Nick
  12. Thanks Vic, I decided to go with a generic heating element, 110W. It takes a little while to heat up, but seems ok. I was worried of going higher in wattage, because nowhere does it say what the circuit can take, so decided to play safe. I also added a ceramic block for safety. Thanks again to all for their ideas. Loved Hamish's light bulb concept, but no one here in the UK I have asked has seen these bulbs. Machine is re wired and works great now.
  13. you place the edge of the scoop in the gap and twist instead of pry open. I have had a lot of success with this type and it avoids the blade to slip out dangerously when it slips. It is not the only one I use, but I like it very much
  14. Thanks Hamish. That is a great idea. Did you use a reflector bulb? If so did you mount it facing up towards the heater or was lying on its side. I am wondering about clearance between the bulb and the heater? Is it the type in the picture here? This one is 75w. 100w doesn't seem to be available here. thanks again really helpful.
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