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Old 08-12-2017, 11:59 AM   #1
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Just before Christmas 2016 a young couple purchased the property next door to where we live. Early in 2017 they submitted plans for a large extension to the property and a few weeks ago in June the builders arrived and started work. A couple of days ago we were told that they had finished - demolishing! We know there have been unexpected problems; among which was woodworm, hence the disappearance of the roof.

A photograph of the 'finished' work taken a few days ago.



If you look closely you might be able to see something mounted on the right hand side of the wide horizontal baton on the white wall. Yesterday I took a closer photograph after it had moved possibly due to a screw failure.



It was obviously well used by the previous occupier judging by the polish on the pegs. At sometime in the future the property will be re-built and there will be a house warming party; along with the usual gifts given at this sort of a 'do' I thought they might like a bit of their original purchase albeit slightly altered. How they will view this gift remains to be seen. I have absolutely no idea what I will do with it but I suspect I will have some time to work things out.

So far the key holder has been removed from the wall.



The steel key pegs have been removed, it has been cleaned and the two securing holes plugged.



A charity shop purchase has supplied a couple of supports. The stem of one of the candle sticks has already been used on another project.



The bases of the candle sticks have been filled with Plaster of Paris.



When dry and flattened the plaster had cork glued to it which has had a protect layer of masking tape applied to it.



This is how it looks at the moment.

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What happens next, with what and when is anybody's guess.

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I'm more than certain they will truly appreciate it. Very nice gesture on your part.
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Hi,

Over the weekend I had been thinking of what to make with the key. We have only met the couple a few times and I am pretty sure neither are into any type of modelling. It wouldn't be practical to make anything that needed to be set fire to anyway, so I thought more of an executive toy. To that end I had a look through the bits and pieces box and decided on a silver plated specimen vase and a grate brush.



The specimen vase was diamond cut and probably made in the 1960/70's, in the days when Britain still made its own ornaments!



The vase was mounted in the lathe and its base removed.



The jaws of the three jaw chuck was used to mark out for three holes in the vase.



A piece of brass 'T' section was cut and machined.





A plug and piston were made.





With the grate brush handle and shaft clean up some of the parts were assembled.



When all of the parts are assembled and a non-return valve made; we have an Executive's Balloon Inflator! Well maybe.....




Further thoughts are required.

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Hi,

Another support for the pump has been added.




And a video of it working is at:

https://youtu.be/e3Gcui_2mic

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Hi,

I had a little time on my hands so before we go away I thought I would make a flywheel, I haven't decided on what type of engine yet but I expect it will need a flywheel.

Basis of flywheel:




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Coming together.



Finished.




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