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Hi to all members.

This is my first post though I have been lurking for a while and feel like I have gotten to know some of you already.

Thanks for all the useful and interesting stuff guys and gals and keep it coming.

Thanks again, Al
 

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Thanks Bill. :)

Dave, I actually live in Rotherham, 2 mins from meadowhall. I advise you not to visit sheffield now! They keep changing the traffic flow and if you don't actually live there you probably end up in a bus lane or a one way street the wrong way! Then the fines start coming! Doh!

I am jealous of all the people on the opposite side of the pond who have small workshops too! Just reading the "show us your shop" thread and what you call small over there is what I would call heaven!!!!

My workshop is my 16 x 6 garden shed and with all the tools I have collected over the years I can't even get them all out at once. May have to put in for a council exchange. Wonder if they do overseas exchanges? LOL

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Dave, I actually live in Rotherham, 2 mins from meadowhall. I advise you not to visit sheffield now! They keep changing the traffic flow and if you don't actually live there you probably end up in a bus lane or a one way street the wrong way! Then the fines start coming! Doh!

I am jealous of all the people on the opposite side of the pond who have small workshops too! Just reading the "show us your shop" thread and what you call small over there is what I would call heaven!!!!

My workshop is my 16 x 6 garden shed and with all the tools I have collected over the years I can't even get them all out at once. May have to put in for a council exchange. Wonder if they do overseas exchanges? LOL

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My first office was in Rotherham, then we moved to Worksop, then I moved to the US.

I have not been back to the UK since 2007. Whenever I did return the roads were more congested and confusing.

I know what you mean about space in the UK. If I were to move back, space or the lack thereof would be my biggest problem.

My shop is the garage. 30ft wide x 22 ft long. I share with my tractor, portable generator (we have lots of power outages in this area), snow blower, and general lumber storage. Feels cramped to me, but I know it would feel like open space for you.

US folks are lucky in having more space, but also more selection of tools, power and hand tools.

Have you ever visited Robert Sorby or Henry Taylor or any of the other Sheffield based tool manufacturers?
 

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Hi Dave,

Where were you based in rotherham then?

I was born in masborough and now live in kimberworth park.

I had a quick look at the tool places you showed and the only thing is that they look like the quality of tools that I can only dream of.

Strange though that I have never heard of them and someone 3000 miles away points them out. Maybe they don't advertise much?

BTW I absolutely hate the way that europe dictates what we can and can't have/get. I can't buy a saw that will take a dado cutter here, seems that someone in belgium has deemed them unsafe to use! So is a car if you are not sensible but they don't ban them!

Al

I bet you don't miss the weather here too? Today we are enjoying one of only 3 days so far this summer that we can sit outside! But I'm sure it will be back to normal tomorrow. ;)

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Hi Dave,

Where were you based in rotherham then?

I was born in masborough and now live in kimberworth park.

I had a quick look at the tool places you showed and the only thing is that they look like the quality of tools that I can only dream of.

Strange though that I have never heard of them and someone 3000 miles away points them out. Maybe they don't advertise much?

BTW I absolutely hate the way that europe dictates what we can and can't have/get. I can't buy a saw that will take a dado cutter here, seems that someone in belgium has deemed them unsafe to use! So is a car if you are not sensible but they don't ban them!

Al

I bet you don't miss the weather here too? Today we are enjoying one of only 3 days so far this summer that we can sit outside! But I'm sure it will be back to normal tomorrow. ;)

Al
I do not miss the UK and especially Yorkshire weather. The older brother's wife lets me know about the weather like snow the other week.

I had read that EU laws prevented dado blades and also required a table saw fence to end at the arbor. Crazy.

I was initially based at the Air Products Gas Depot. Shows as being on Harrington Street. Not sure if this was the original address. Likely is the location. Expensive to move an industrial gas depot. Lots of tanks. :icon_smile:

I was not pursuing my woodworking hobby when I was in the UK at that time. I was into repairing my cars. Spending most of the weekend on some repair was a common thing back then.

Are Record hand planes still made in the UK? I think US Rubbermaid bought out Irwin who had purchased Marples, which had purchased Record. The planes disappeared in the US around 2000.

I did not become aware of Robert Sorby and Henry Taylor until I purchased my wood lathe. This US mail order site is a good place to see the tools. Likely lower prices than in the UK. Another benefit of living in the US.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Mer...n=CTGY&Store_Code=packard&Category_Code=tools


If you had not heard of Sorby and Taylor, you may not have heard of Ashley Iles. I only found out recently. Still making hand tools. I am not finding a link which was a video showing the production of some of these tools, including a person grinding the "Irish" aka fingernail grind on bowl gouges - by hand. Takes a lot of skill.

http://ashleyiles.co.uk/index.html

I am happy that Sheffield steel is still held in high regard. Not sure how many production mills are left in the area these days. When I worked in the UK there were mills all over the Rother valley.
 

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Thanks a lot Cabinetman! Now the wife's seen your welcome sign she is going to make me dig the scrioll saw out! ;)

Dave, I can't find any Record planes for sale new! guess the buyout killed them off. :huh:

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Thanks for making me feel at home guys.

Just a shame so many of you are so far away. I would love to go around visiting and picking up tips and tricks!

Sadly I have never been out of the country and its unlikely that finances will ever allow it but rest assured if any of you ever visit Rotherham you will be made welcome. In my home and my shop but you may be asked hundreds of questions. :smile:

I also agree what Dave said about the availability of tools across the pond. I have to order anything remotely unusual and wait weeks for it.

You guys just have to visit "hinges r us", there seems to be a store for everything over your way, while all our specialist stores have gone (the few we had).

Also the quality is poor here most of the time, with even some of the larger manufacturers giving in to greed and buying the cheap chinese tools and rebranding them!

I always try to buy english (old), german or USA made tools if I can get and afford them. My 40 year old Sears Craftsman RAS will outlast any of the ones for sale here.

Anyway thanks again for the welcome and reading this rant.

Regards, Al
 
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