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02/06/2012 - 2:45 PM


My wife is a dedicated gardener. Not a particularly good gardener - just a dedicated one. She planted some (what she called) bulls-eye daisies just outside of the lounge window. My friend across the road said they looked like meadow weed - cowslip - or something similar. With all of the sun and r...

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20/05/2012 - 10:30 PM

What Were They Thinking

The Rondo is back together again & calibrated. It does everything it says on the tin. With ease and aplomb. Ellipse; Circles; in mount board or in glass. It does make you wonder what some of these design fellows think about when they go to bed at night though. I'm not sure whether it's fr...

20/05/2012 - 8:39 PM

I'm A Wrinkly Now

Last Friday (the 18th) was my birthday. I was 65. So despite what PamelaJean says, I'm now officially an Old Age Pensioner (OAP) Not a Senior Citizen. Not a Youngster With Experience. And certainly not As Old AS I Feel. There are many, particularly amongst my parents contemporaries and my schoo...

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19/05/2012 - 8:28 PM

Home to Roost

In the 'Fletcher Saga' I concluded that "I could distinctly feel a new lens coming on" Well I didn't get anew lens. I got the Fletcher 2100 instead. I made all of the bits. I returned it to the owner ~ and he gave me the Fletcher in lieu of payment for some other small repair works...

06/05/2012 - 8:01 PM


I've got a Keencut Rondo to repair/service. I didn't know what a Keencut Rondo was/is, until I Googled it. I also sourced some photos of it. It cuts circles and elipses in mount-board and glass, for artwork/picture frames. Should be fun. I've downloaded a PDF. It looks simple. It sounds a 'pie...

29/04/2012 - 4:55 PM

The Fletcher Saga

I mentioned in 'Not Fit For Purpose' that the mount-cutter is now functional And so it was. And indeed it is. However, what I failed to disclose was that it was not complete. There was, and is, a top and bottom stop missing from it. However, the owner of the machine insists upon having a top an...

26/04/2012 - 7:46 PM


I'm stumped. Banjaxed. In May, I officially become an Old Aged Pensioner. (despite Pamela Jean insisting that I will joint the ranks of Senior Citizens :D:D) And rather than while away my time, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for God, I am pursuing a plan to make myself useful to the wider comm...

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22/04/2012 - 11:33 PM

Not Fit For Purpose

Well, I've stripped, cleaned parts, identified parts, repaired parts, made new parts, and re-assembled the Fl****er 2100 mount-cutter. I am still waiting for the delivery of two new components for it, which will be delivered to my workshop during this coming week. These components; a top-stop and ...

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17/04/2012 - 10:21 PM


You may, or may equally well, not remember, that I recently bought a Morso underpinner for 'peanuts' from my framing supplier. The 'peanuts' price resulting from the given expedient that the machine not only didn't work, but it also leaked hydraulic fluid all over the place. Well today, once more,...

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06/04/2012 - 7:38 PM

Compositionally Contradictory

Twelve months ago, my wife, who is by her own admission, even less artistic than myself, brought home an enormous framed picture that she had spotted in our local Homebase store. Apparently, she had picked it up cheap. Now when a wife says that to you, you know instinctively that you really do nee...

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03/04/2012 - 10:12 PM

'O' Rings

When a learned 'expert/authority-in-his-field-of-learning/I've-been-doing-this-for-20-years-type-character' tells you that 'O' rings have varying characteristics with regard to quality, and the only ones that will be of any use to you are the ones that he alone is able to supply (obviously at extort...

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02/04/2012 - 8:42 PM

Morso Underpinner

Morso apparently call them frame assemblers :D :D I went into my framing supplier this morning to collect my sharpened guillotine blades, and buy a flat black stick with a 5/8'' deep rebate. Discussed chevrons and one or two other things with Karl & mentioned in passing, that my next signifi...

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01/04/2012 - 9:38 PM


I've been off on one. I'm still off on one, I think. :P;) I haven't written anything for several weeks because I got fed up with being told that I couldn't form questions in blogs. I started to become paranoid about whether or not I had included a ? mark in what I'd written. I don't know whet...

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11/03/2012 - 11:46 PM

A Successful Conclusion

For the best part of a week I have been watching the progress of a machine for picture framing on eBay. I've watched many examples of good, bad, Victorian, antique, abused, absurd, vintage, stunning and 'in-desperate-need-of-some-extravagant TLC', over the last month. And the common denominator lin...

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08/03/2012 - 9:31 AM

Vini Vici etc

We went. We saw. It is very unlikely that our presence will be described as 'they conquered'. We spotted no-one from ePz. Perhaps they spotted us and quickly went the other way. ;):P Alison, who promised that she would be there, either was there, and teamed up with the elusive ePz staff, or ...

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