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Tony Bird


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Brass Key Reply with quote

Hi,

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.

Regards Tony.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the brass key holder and we bought our friend one a couple of years back as he has a old cottage  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 Grand designs or what?

nice work so far.  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good example of repurposing
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmmmm???
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks vaguely like a telephone  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever it is going to be it looks good already!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it need a support at the pump handle end of the key as I can see this snapping off from the front if they get to excited when blowing up balloons
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John,

Does it need a support at the pump handle end of the key as I can see this snapping off from the front if they get to excited when blowing up balloons

The specimen vase is very well made and strong.  Its walls are 1.5 mm thick and its base which I think is an interference fit is 4 mm thick.  It is remarkable that the finish inside the tube allows the use of a piston fitted with an 'O' ring.  I had thought of fitting a support where the other foot is but more in the the way of appearance than strength, we shall see.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony Bird wrote:
Hi John,

Does it need a support at the pump handle end of the key as I can see this snapping off from the front if they get to excited when blowing up balloons

The specimen vase is very well made and strong.  Its walls are 1.5 mm thick and its base which I think is an interference fit is 4 mm thick.  It is remarkable that the finish inside the tube allows the use of a piston fitted with an 'O' ring.  I had thought of fitting a support where the other foot is but more in the the way of appearance than strength, we shall see.

Regards Tony.

I agree with John. The tube itself may be more than strong enough but that single point of support with the great leverage from the handle end is definitely a weak point. Because of the horizontal orientation, the force on the handle will tend to have a downward component unless the operator is extremely careful.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John & Rolly,

On consideration I think you are both right. Thank you. To this end another support has been made. I think it might even have improved the appearance.




The eventual use for the pump is at:

https://youtu.be/e3Gcui_2mic

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty cool Tony, perhaps a valve, that opens to allow air into the pump, and closes the air line to the steam engine, then closes allowing air just to the steam engine?? Sort of a clack valve same as for use with a water pump?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jon,

Perhaps a valve, that opens to allow air into the pump, and closes the air line to the steam engine, then closes allowing air just to the steam engine?? Sort of a clack valve same as for use with a water pump?  

A combined snifting valve and clack valve would do that.  At the moment I rather like the fact it shows the engine running on a vacuum.  A self starting engine would be better, which is what I might make.  For continuous running a tank and regulator would be needed which would look rather bulky?

For the remains of this month and next we are away either at exhibitions or having a break.  The first exhibition is at Bristol Model Engineering starting Thursday.  So not much will be done on this project or any other come to that for some time.  I have plenty of time before the house is completed.

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