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    Lockdown Hobby’s or Passing the Time

    What you guys been doing then?

    I’m still working full time and have been throughout this period but I’m not good at sitting still and I don’t really watch TV unless it’s sport and there’s none of that on!

    I’ll start, I’ve sharpened all my straight razors and even done some for a few people I know off a forum, very cool and hip I know.

    I’ve also upped my running mileage to 175 mile a month whereas I was only averaging 80-100 before and it’s something I’d like to continue, not going out more often just longer mileage once out. I used to only do 3-5 mile per run with the odd longer run but now breaking that up with longer runs more often, clocked a few half marathons, feel great for it too.

    Last Friday I successfully completed 4 weeks no alcohol too, don’t feel any better for it tho. When my local Cider Farm reopens I’ll have a drink as I do enjoy a couple every now and again.
    2013-2016 2005 S197 V6 Coupe Black
    2017-2018 2007 S197 GT Coupe Tungsten
    2019-Current 2005 S197 GT Convertible Black

    #2
    I've made knife out of an old circular saw blade
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    and I am now making a medieval style crossbow. The low powered bow is for trials purposes but I want to make one from a leaf spring around 500 to 600lbs pull. As you can see the stock and trigger nut will be up to it.
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    Allan

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      #3
      Both look awesome! I’m no good at sharpening knives properly, that’s a real skill, takes a steady hand to get the right angle. On my straight razors I have a shoulder that helps me set the bevel, then sharpen the blade from there.
      2013-2016 2005 S197 V6 Coupe Black
      2017-2018 2007 S197 GT Coupe Tungsten
      2019-Current 2005 S197 GT Convertible Black

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        #4
        Since I have plenty of time on my hands now I am off work I have managed to find plenty of jobs that I never knew I wanted to do!
        Took the rear half of the Discovery chassis down to bare metal, rust treated it and painted it.
        Did the same with the rear axle, tow bar and rear step.
        Refitted the interior after dealing with a water ingress leak.
        Removed any rust, treated and painted the Defender chassis.
        Changed all the rear rear bushes on the Defender the hard way, I don't have a hydraulic press!
        Taken the front and rear axle down to bare metal (rust!), rust treated and have yet to paint them.
        Changed the heater core on the Defender.
        Sorted the brake problem on the old Mustang.
        Bare metal and primed the spare rocker cover for old Mustang, haven't chosen a colour yet.
        Been doing a few short local walks, haven't done any running since the early 80's when we used to bunk the train fare to London and back.
        Have also been making sure I have been keeping up with the healthy eating, fruit and veg wise, today I had 2 oranges, 2 Blackberry and Apple pies and a packet of crisps, that makes 7 portions to me?
        The only time I have got out for the day in two months is to take my Dad to hospital, not really a hobby though.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Musti View Post
          Both look awesome! I’m no good at sharpening knives properly, that’s a real skill, takes a steady hand to get the right angle. On my straight razors I have a shoulder that helps me set the bevel, then sharpen the blade from there.
          To grind the bevel on the blade I have an angle plate on my sanding belt. I then finished off the blade edge with my oil stone I use for sharpening my chisels. The final honing is normally done on a leather strop but I don't have one of those so make do with just the stones.

          Here is some more progress on the crossbow. I have made the loading stirrup from iron and the bow irons from some brass sheet with wedges to hold the bow in place. Just like it was done in the 1350's. Next its the trigger mechanism.
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            #6
            Leather strops, now your talking I have a few. They come up cheap on eBay quite often, with a look. I have to use leather before and after every shave with a straight, I also use a balsa wood strop, one with chromium oxide the other iron oxide, using these I very rarely have to re hone through a progression.

            Anaconda, you’ve been bloody busy! Fair play, sound a handy bloke.
            2013-2016 2005 S197 V6 Coupe Black
            2017-2018 2007 S197 GT Coupe Tungsten
            2019-Current 2005 S197 GT Convertible Black

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              #7
              Yep Anaconda you have been busy with your fleet of cars. Mine are doing ok at the moment so if they work I don't feel inclined to fix them. The 65 need some paint work soon and I am going to get that done when this CV-19 thing dies down. With the summer coming I also don't really want it off the road so I think early autumn would be a good time.
              Allan

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                #8
                Originally posted by ALLAN R View Post
                Yep Anaconda you have been busy with your fleet of cars. Mine are doing ok at the moment so if they work I don't feel inclined to fix them. The 65 need some paint work soon and I am going to get that done when this CV-19 thing dies down. With the summer coming I also don't really want it off the road so I think early autumn would be a good time.
                They are all still on the road, I'll work on one for a couple of days, get fed up of looking at it, give it back to my son to go to work and then work on the other for a couple of days.
                In general I am doing stuff which costs me nothing (most parts in stock along with the paint) and that is why very little has been done on my cars.
                We have been lucky with the weather as I don't really have any indoors hobbies, apart from annoying the wife!

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                  #9
                  I specialise I’m annoying the wife, I’m fairly sure she likes it though.
                  2013-2016 2005 S197 V6 Coupe Black
                  2017-2018 2007 S197 GT Coupe Tungsten
                  2019-Current 2005 S197 GT Convertible Black

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                    #10
                    Hi guys and girls, can't believe it's been 8 weeks or so . So..got round to all those jobs I didn't have time for when working. Fitted led rear side markers, realigned Roush rear boxes that had been niggling me for ages, waxoyled underside, removed stripe that was starting to fade, fitted K&N panel filter, 're painting calipers, and a complete OTT clean and polish session. I got quoted over 1k to paint our hall, stairs and landing and 1.5k to do the outside so I did it myself, would never ever had time to do it .oh and watched far too many car programs on motor trend lol...
                    Last edited by Loki; 22-05-2020, 06:17 AM.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Loki View Post
                      I got quoted over 1k to paint our hall, stairs and landing and 1.5k to do the outside ..
                      Wow! And I thought plasterers were loadsamoney! Never entertained the thought of getting others in to do my decorating. I'm going to take great pleasure in telling my wife how much money I have saved us in 44 years.....and still am!
                      . Cars, photos, wine. What else is there?

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                        #12
                        I have to admit I get people in to decorate, I just don’t enjoy it, a pro will get it done quickly And will provide a far superior finish than what I can achieve, I don’t want to be spending my days off decorating.
                        2013-2016 2005 S197 V6 Coupe Black
                        2017-2018 2007 S197 GT Coupe Tungsten
                        2019-Current 2005 S197 GT Convertible Black

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Musti View Post
                          I have to admit I get people in to decorate, I just don’t enjoy it, a pro will get it done quickly And will provide a far superior finish than what I can achieve, I don’t want to be spending my days off decorating.
                          Amen to that...unless its a lock down

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                            #14
                            Living here in the South East of London about 5 years ago I was quoted 2.5K to paint the front and back of the house. In the end I took a forthnights leave and did it myself. There is no way it was 2.5K of work. Later that year we were on holiday in Scotland and met a couple one evening to chat to. The guy was a painter and decorator in Glasgow and said for that price he would have driven down from Scotland and done it. I am fortunate with decorating in that we have a guy who has been doing various jobs at our house for years and he is a sensible price and can do a room top to bottom in a few days. The problem is that he has a 6 month backlog.
                            Allan

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                              #15
                              I made a Mustang club sign. For our local car show use. Laser cutted steel plates, and colorchangeing led lights between the plates. Looks very nice.
                              -Jarkki-

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