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    Yet another great skip find.

    Hi All
    Several years back I went to an auction of an engineering company that was closing down and bought a few pieces. When collecting the items I ask if I could do a bit of skip diving. Well it was one of the best skip dives I have ever had. In amongst the many items I repatriated was a old toggle press which has sat on the shelf for ages. It was even offered up on eBay for a tenner with no interest. So on the shelf it stayed until today when I thought how am I going to press two hundred dummy rivets in the horn plates for my traction engine. Gave the toggle clamp press a dust off made some dies to press 1/16Ē copper rivets and could not believe how easy the task became. Completed the job in an hour. So glad I didnít sell the little press which has done me such a good turn.
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    mine horn plate fully populated with dummy rivets
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    Dummy rivets completed in both plates.

    so glad the little toggle press didnít sell

    The Home Engineer

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    To the home engineer,
    It's nice when things work out like this, I too have had a couple of odds and ends in my tool box or on the bench that spent years sitting there till I found a use for them that they ether were not intended for or for a once or twice in a life time use for. Currently I am looking at videos on scrping lathe beds I find in interesting and satisfing for some odd reason (maybe I understand it now at age 65) anyway when I was a young man in my early 20's I aquired a hand scrapper with a carbide cutter brazed to the tip, it sat in my tool box for 40+ years till I dusted it off recently to have a go at scraping my self. Will be interested in what else you come across and find a use for. in the mean time best regards.
    Stan.

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    Hi Stan
    Thank you for sharing. Scrapping is bit of a dying art when I was an apprentice we were on filing and scraping for the first month. They called it character building. To be honest I really enjoyed it. It is amazing to see someone’s work who is really good at scrapping but nowadays modern machines are so advanced and accurate this becoming a thing of the past. A bit like shaping machines when I first started there was a bank of shaping machines but these three machines were scraped and replaced with one CNC machine. How things change.
    looking forward to seeing your scrapping
    Andy


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