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Oliver Sparks  Maker of high end hand tools for the discerning user and collector. Leicestershire, England.

**EDIT: They are still in production by a company called Brooke’s & Adams LTD, Birmingham. A bargain at £10 each should anyone like some classy keys. Thank you** .

Information required! Can anyone tell me about this bronze boat related clip thingy? I know almost nothing about boat rigging, but believe these are marine related. I found two of them inside a cardboard box in a skip (honestly, the stuff some people throw away!) The clip is rated at 5CWL, but other than that I can’t find any details from the RD number, 821212. The pull toggle is stamped ‘Made In England’

Excellent quality throughout. Casting flash on the inside means either a poorly prepared wax that had been investment cast, or sand cast en-mass with match plates.
Thoughts anyone? .
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#castbronze #marine #rigging #whatisit

#slipperplane bridge grinding fixture. It’s a good simple method of shaping the profile quickly and accurately.
All axis can be controlled; •The mother block is ground square to the table surface.
•The table itself can be tilted.
•Each removable bridge holding fixture is tilted and clamped via a central m6 bolt
• Profile rotation is achieved by the MK1 wrist/arm/shoulder setup.
•For fine hand finishing the fixture can be removed and held conveniently in a vice.

The bridge itself is predrilled for the rivet that will eventually secure it into the infill shell. 90° lugs enter these holes and a threaded portion on the rear draws the bridge tight to the steel holder.
I used to file these by hand....then freehand on the grinder....then with toolmakers clamps and V blocks...currently the above setup is my method...for now. Work smarter, not harder. 👌🏻
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#beltgrinder #infillplane #planemaker #planemaking #manualmachinist #fixture #handplane

This may seem overkill for only mixing up a teaspoon of epoxy, but have a little think

At room temperature Part A is much thicker than Part B, so when squeezed out of the tube they form a high blob and a puddle respectively. Are you able to accurately (and repeatedly) judge whether the two parts are equal in volume?

It is worth pointing out that epoxy parts aren’t always the same density. For the Geeky among us: The Araldite Ultra shown here, mixing by *volume* is 1:1 (A:B) but mixing by *weight* is 21:25 (A:B) because Part A is 16% heavier than Part B

Because someone will ask: the pot contains wood dust, which Is used as a pigment to tint the epoxy. I suppose it will also act as a light filler within the mix. .
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#planemaking #epoxy #notforpouringoverslabs #planemaker #shoptips

Dizziest sneck in all the land ✌🏻more in my Story
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#infillplane #slipperplane #riveting #handplane #planemaking #planemaker

Arc Plane• German Silver, Phosphor Bronze, Brazilian Kingwood, Carbon Steel
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This was the first in my ‘hidden bridge’ series, made around mid 2015. Never heard of the others? Not surprising; I’m actually rubbish at publishing finished work, at last count there are a total of 14 new patterns that nobody knows about other than myself, the client and @arnold_richard 🙈 (I can hear Richards voice now...”get it online!!”)
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R&D work is my first love, nothing makes me happier than treading new ground. My patterns are the fruits of these adventures
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To that end a new OS,M. website will soon be coming to a screen near you, showing a vastly different body of work than my current, rather naive website shows. A shop section with checkout facilities will also be on this site, offering predominantly small batch products with the odd spare plane thrown in for good measure
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#planemaking #planemaker #infillplane #arcplane #handplane #planeporn #cabinetry #cabinetmaking #luthier #luthiery

Better 😘 It must be said, I enjoy fixing machines a lot more when someone else is footing the bill. .
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#downtime #instamachinist #millingmachine #hayesdiemaster #manualmachinist #thingofbeauty

My primary milling machine threw its main drive belt. First time since I’ve owned it, and I’m thankful for that- this is the level of stripping you have to do to reach the damn thing!
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This a very rare Hayes Diemaster toolroom mill, made about 70 years ago in Leeds, England. It was completely rebuilt and scraped back to factory tolerances by myself last year. A superb machine and massively over built- 99.9% of the time this a good thing. The other 0.01% sucks because I’m skinny, alone, and everything weights a bloody tonne! .
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#instamachinist #hayesdiemaster #planemaking #machinist #machining #milling #fml #infillplane #metalscraping #manualmachinist

Dovetailed bronze #slipperplane shell, halfway through the peining process. Facets created by the polished hammer face show me where to place each subsequent blow
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Peining an infill shell is a balancing act; hit too hard, in the wrong order or wrong place will distort the shell. Too softly and the tails won’t fill, causing gaps to appear during lapping
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Over the years I have learned how to account for any unwanted movement and compensate for stresses caused by the process. Peining an infill successfully is one of those things that looks terribly difficult- it isn’t, however it does require care and practice to master.
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#infillplane #planemaking #planemaker #handplane #bespokelife #blockplane #cabinetry #luthiery #cabinetmaking

....when you see it....😂😂😂😂
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#weldlife #welding #lidl #fail #bonfirenight #fabrication #welder

Pocket Scribe • Stainless Steel & Tungsten Carbide
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The 6mm stem is decorated with an elegant seven-start spiral pattern that tapers in towards the business end. As usual, all hand made in house on manual machines 🇬🇧 .
I made this as a gift for a family member, but it got me thinking....would there be enough interest for a run of these at around £55? Stainless is pretty but not really my thing so the stems would be made from lovely pink Phosphor Bronze. Let me know what you think 🙃
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#instamachinist #scribe #layout #engineering #manualmachinist #planemaker #osmscribe #metalwork #carbide

Using one of my favourite planes to break the edges of pine #makersknife packaging
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This lovely wee thing was given to me a while back by the wonderful @bill.sarah.planemaker such a kind and generous gift 😊
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Bill had caught me admiring the very unusual patina a few times during the course of a David Stanley auction, insisting I take it at the end. Eventually I asked him how he managed it? Bill said that he was colouring a batch of them when he knocked over the jar of chemicals, dashing the contents all over the bench! This finger plane was collateral damage
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Long live collateral damage! 🍌 🤓
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#planemaking #bananaaaa #fingerplane #luthier #luthiery #boxwood #patina #handplane #cabinetry #cabinetmaking

Oh the irony 😆 #deservesbetter

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