View Full Version : an old idea of mine really works

Alistair Hosie
01-03-2007, 06:44 PM
How's this when you are grinding tools and need a good tool rest why not as I did use a head from an old tripod it locks and turns through an arc backwards and forwards with the adjustment of a single lever set one of these in a jig fixing the head under your grinder, and simply place the tool on top. Well it's an interesting I dea I tried it a while ago and was quite impressed Alistair

01-03-2007, 07:02 PM
Nice one!
A Pan & Tilt tool sharpener, I may have to look in my toybox, there used to be one there somewhere.

01-03-2007, 10:34 PM
Quite a while agomy daughter was told she had TMJ, which caused serious headaches from the jawbone pressing against nerves near the ear, she had an appointment to see a specialist. I told her that all we'd need to do to releive pressure was put a bit in her mouth, and strap her jaw up in fron so it pivoted on the bit and eliminated pressure at the rear, problem solved right?
I told her I could borrow bit from the neighbor who had horses and she almost knocked me out.

She came back and kept giving me the runaround when I asked what was said, wouldn't tell me crap just gave me dirty looks, finally after bugging her enough she said that they wanted to put spacers between her teeth and apply upward pressure on her jaw...... Turns out to be an actual treatment for TMJ.

I laughed my tail off.

Your pan and tilt assembly would likely be good for a few things if you could get a way to 'set' an angle.


01-04-2007, 12:47 AM
"Any tool can be the right tool":D

Alistair Hosie
01-04-2007, 05:40 AM
TMJ stands for temperal mandibular joint we all have these but what you describe is a form of migrane caused by the tmj being overclosed due to lack of teeth to stop it from closing this soft cap splint is quite common I have made many of them they don't work for all migranes though.The tripod head locks itself with a lever only need a way of fixing it to the bench regards Alistair

Norman Atkinson
01-04-2007, 06:11 AM
Come on Alistair!
All this weeping and whaling and gnashing of teeth- which whales don't have.
Now me old Great Chieftain o' the Puddin Race, I did mention your all singing, all dancing dental( sorry, drill grinder)
It was along these lines that many tool holders for tool and cutter grinders are constructed. I am sure that if you pleaded poverty or insanity, Sir John could supply a CD with most of it. I pleaded alcoholism if that helps.
You could plead 12th Night but seriously, the more goodies which can be pressed into service, the better.

Always the heretic, I still have not go round to improving my wooden 2x2" tool holders on my Clarkson. Yea, I have the proper whatsit for it that also tells me the tide in Hong Kong Harbour. There is something infinitely satisfying by using wood or even polystyrene or chewing gum. It's bit like having sex standing up in a hammock.

Where did I get? No, not that. However one of the intellectuals here was asking about Kennets. It may be a long shot and way off course but you could dig into one of the YahooGroups Quorn sites for a more substantial steel effort to fit on your mean green machine.

This with the price of your existing machine should be way, way less than buying the Kennet kit.

And Gentlemen on the other side of the Pond, all this equates to what HF is trying to sell. Bloody useless over here- wrong voltage.

Hope this inspires you to greater things


Your Old Dog
01-04-2007, 06:53 AM
Well Alistair, if it works as good as you say then I might be in like Flynn! I bought one of these early last year for nearly $1000 LOL


01-04-2007, 09:41 AM
Whales may not have teeth where you live Norm but British Columbia is a different story. These are the teeth of Orcinus Orca.


01-04-2007, 09:51 AM
and still a few Physeter macrocephalus down here in the Southern Ocean :D

Alistair Hosie
01-04-2007, 10:20 AM
Oh yes try the killer whale it has teeth not to be messed with :D Methinks you are talking about baleen whales which have for baleens or plates for sifting plancton.Alistair

01-04-2007, 10:24 AM
Maybe you could just pull all her teeth out to fix the proble, It worked for me.

Norman Atkinson
01-04-2007, 11:58 AM
I'm not really into whales- err -wasn't Jonah the real expert? My wife is a dentist and when one beached and died in 1973, she up and had a look. From what has been said, it sounds(oops) like a baleen.

Earlier, I did eat most of one out in Arctic Norway with Riiser Larsen and that crowd. I confess all sorts of idiocy but at minus 32C and no tent, one does get peckish. My son got me into reindeer- Bambi burgers?
My one regret in life was the Joint British Scandinavian Antarctic Expedition which went down to QueenMaudLand in 1949. I helped kit out the RAF side--- and of course- they all went down in a prize of war- a 500 ton German tug called------------------------Norsel.

It's written up in " Star News" the newsletter of RAF No 31 Squadron Association for the Winter 2002-3 issue.

'And one man in his time plays many parts'



Lew Hartswick
01-04-2007, 12:14 PM
I'm not really into whales- err -wasn't Jonah the real expert?

My son got me into reindeer- Bambi burgers?


It was a " FISH " not a whale for Jonah bit, a common mistake. :-)
Oh! and Bambi was a, from all the pictures I've seen, a white tail deer, not a
reindeer / caribou. Still and all it does present the right impression. :-)

Norman Atkinson
01-04-2007, 12:46 PM
Oops, I'm having a bad time. So Jonah was swallowed by a fish or whale either in the Dead Sea, the Red Sea or the Mediterranean. It matters not- it's lot of bunkum. As for deer, we actually do have reindeer in Scotland.
One herd- at Aviemore or more strictly Glen More is our lot. My kids used to feed them on oranges and biscuits. The rest of the Scottish lot are Red Deer- Monarchs of the Glen in every sense. We also have a Loch Ness Monster or so I'm told.
Here in more southern parts, we have something- again heasay of the
Lambton or Laidly Worm which had greet big gob, greet big teeth and greet big gobbly eyes. You must Google it. It lived next door to my wife's castle- the one which fell down.

More alcohol is needed.



Alistair Hosie
01-04-2007, 04:09 PM
Blimey that's a pretty accurate description of my sister! Norman have you been secretly dating her:DAlistair

john hobdeclipe
01-04-2007, 04:51 PM
The tripod head locks itself with a lever only need a way of fixing it to the bench regards Alistair

Most tripod heads that I'm aware of have either a 1/4-20 or a 3/8-16 female thread on the bottom. Should be easy enough to bolt to almost anything.

I like this idea. Somewhere in my accumulated piles of treasures I have a couple of small tripods that I have no other use for. So now I believe I'll dig one out, decapitate it, and put it's head to good use on my grinding bench.

Alistair Hosie
01-04-2007, 05:19 PM
You can pick them up at yard sales etc very reasonably I bought mine with a bust leg in Florida at a pawn shop for a few bucks need less to say you dont want to ruin a good one or use an expensive head you want the complete head and the locking rod / handle Alistair

Norman Atkinson
01-04-2007, 05:54 PM
What a brave little hero you must be to do it with a bust leg!
Hope it is better now! I have an expensive head- and I know the reason.
Hic, ugh and slange and Oh my Gawd.
Nevver more! I have a feeling of green nausea before - before- befee!!!!!!

Normie, the village drunk

01-04-2007, 06:31 PM
You should lay off the wormwood Norman. It can cause strange writing disorders.

Alistair Hosie
01-04-2007, 06:36 PM
Norm's not drunk just eaten too much reindeer:DAlistair

01-04-2007, 10:12 PM
I think Norm and Alistair should be on stage somewhere as a comedy team. I don't always understand ... but I always wind up laughing!


01-05-2007, 04:53 AM

For once I am glad that your vast experiance and knowledge does not include how to post pictures, somethings should not be made public!

As for you and Alistair Hosie, you should be doing radio show, (with subtitles, because I is an 'merican, I don't share a lineal consanguinity (except for maybe Adam and his girlfriend Lucy) with anyone on those little islands off the west coast of Euro-land).

liguet satis, mens rea?

Norman Atkinson
01-05-2007, 05:41 AM
This 'How to post pictures' lark, well, I was working on it.

On reflection, prudence dictates.

Nice girl, this Prudence. A bit old fashioned but you never know your luck if you are persistant.

(Life a little better from a few of us playing very 'ham' actors? We sincerely hope so.)

Damn, another empty bottle. Do you find that alcohol evaporates as you get older?



Alistair Hosie
01-05-2007, 08:13 AM
I once had a patient called miss-fortune try to beat that Norman:D

01-05-2007, 10:46 AM
I have a female customer (had) who has the first name Gay. She tells me that she never introduces herself... "Hi, I'm Gay".