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Mike Dempsey

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About Mike Dempsey

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    Senior Member, Raffle Sponsor 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Birthday 26/09/1963

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    furniture designer/maker, laser engraver
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  1. Mike Dempsey

    Saw size for milling

    I got a carpet fitters trolley a couple of years ago for shifting planks on. I ratchet strap a plank to it and its fairly easy to move. Wished I had done it years ago in fact. I have moved some fairly hefty planks about 100m when I wasn't allowed to drive on some grass a couple of years ago. Worth the effort but not if I had to carry them with a mate. Mike
  2. Mike Dempsey

    Blade guide options for homebuilt mill....

    Whilst I appreciate the company is based in the States it would still be far cheaper to buy their products and pay for the shipping than it would be to get a one-off bespoke piece made for you. You could always buy the machinery such as a milling machine and spark eroder etc and make the bits yourself. You could then offset the cost of the machinery by offering to make and sell bandsaw parts to self builders such as yourself.
  3. Mike Dempsey

    Blade guide options for homebuilt mill....

    Try this site http://www.linnlumber.com/
  4. Mike Dempsey

    Attack of the WOODWORM!

    The common furniture beetle or to give it its latin name, anobium punctatum, will go for wood that is bone dry. By the time you see the holes on the surface will a little fine sawdust they will have been inside your timber for 3 to 4 years. I am a cabinet maker and at the first signs of any dodgy timber it gets cut up and burned in the stove. I wont even have it in the workshop whilst I am waiting on it to get burned. You cannot make items from this wood and give/sell them to anyone as the risk of spreading it is too great and you might end up getting sued in court if someone's furniture gets infested.
  5. Mike Dempsey

    Makita DCS520

    Thanks Shavey, much appreciated Mike
  6. Mike Dempsey

    Makita DCS520

    Its the round wire gauze in the carb that I am needing Shavey, and if you could get one next week for me that would be brilliant. Mike
  7. Mike Dempsey

    Makita DCS520

    Hadnt heard of this company Woodwizzard. Found the bit on their site but I am not going to order unless I know they actually have it and its not a back order.
  8. Mike Dempsey

    Makita DCS520

    Think I might have to get on my hands and knees and hunt for the original one on the workshop floor. I was drying it with the airgun after washing it in petrol. The pressure was set too high and it flew away behind the radial arm saw. Lesson learned I think!
  9. Mike Dempsey

    Makita DCS520

    I need a new filter screen part no 021151180 for the above saw. Ordered it from Power Tool Spares about 3 weeks ago believing it wouldn't take too long to get one. Now been told there are none in the country and it will be at least 25th Feb before any are in the country. Are there any recommended Makita dealers that folks could let know so I could try and get the part a bit sooner. Mike
  10. Mike Dempsey

    Work for wood

    I am not a tree surgeon, I mill up logs with my Alaskan mill and kiln dry the wood to make things out of. If this oak was a decent size and worth planking I would plank it ok. The branches and other bits of trunk not suitable for planking would get logged up for my firewood. The brash I would be prepared to pile up and the owner could burn it when dry. I don't see a problem in that at all. As I am short of oak at present I would be prepared to do it at short notice as well in case someone else was going to get the wood!
  11. Mike Dempsey

    National trust membership, is it worth joining?

    You could always join NTS Scotland and save yourself £18 quid on membership for a family, compared to NTS England.
  12. Mike Dempsey

    Sauno kiln

    Get some ratchet straps around your timber or it will warp!
  13. Mike Dempsey

    Older vans/trucks

    That will keep you busy for a wee while! All it takes is a little imagination and a few quid. There are a few specialist companies out there supplying parts for van conversions so it shouldn't be too hard to get what you need. Still in the middle of restoring my own Talbot Express motorhome, just don't know where the time is going these days.
  14. Mike Dempsey

    polyethylene glycol peg

    Havent used it myself but it is popular in woodturning circles. One difficulty in using it is getting a finish to adhere to it once the bowl had been turned. Don't know how widely used it is these days but when I started turning it was all the rage about 20 years ago. Mike
  15. Mike Dempsey

    Older vans/trucks

    and the bodywork should be a bit thicker than the tinfoil the new mercs are made from!


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