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    Just some nice photos of my Father's workshop during an open day called "Blokes 'n Sheds", where local fellas tour around and check out each others sheds and stuff.

    Unfortunately there is no boat in this shed, but there is a beautiful spot for one... Right ...... "THERE!"



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    nice!!

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    Yah it's quite a sight. The place is, as you can see, chock full to the rafters with "treasure", and there is about 3x the space that you see in the photos.

    Unfortunately, since posting these photos, I have received word that my father has been admitted to ICU after a myocardial infarct, not conscious and not breathing.

    Nothing is certain in life....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redeye View Post
    Yah it's quite a sight. The place is, as you can see, chock full to the rafters with "treasure", and there is about 3x the space that you see in the photos.

    Unfortunately, since posting these photos, I have received word that my father has been admitted to ICU after a myocardial infarct, not conscious and not breathing.

    Nothing is certain in life....
    Sorry. Wish him and you the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redeye View Post
    Unfortunately, since posting these photos, I have received word that my father has been admitted to ICU after a myocardial infarct, not conscious and not breathing.

    Nothing is certain in life....
    best wishes, thoughts
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    Best wishes.
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    So sorry to hear this.

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    That shed needs a bloke. Praying for your father, Redeye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redeye View Post
    Yah it's quite a sight. The place is, as you can see, chock full to the rafters with "treasure", and there is about 3x the space that you see in the photos.

    Unfortunately, since posting these photos, I have received word that my father has been admitted to ICU after a myocardial infarct, not conscious and not breathing.

    Nothing is certain in life....
    Oh no. If you need anything here ,sing out. Do you need picking up at the airport or anything? I'm fairly close, its easy and I'd be very happy to help if I can.

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    Thank you All,


    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Oh no. If you need anything here ,sing out. Do you need picking up at the airport or anything? I'm fairly close, its easy and I'd be very happy to help if I can.
    Thanks John, I'm not yet sure who/how/what will pick me up. If I end up in a bind I might just call you. Just landed in Singapore - and now an unfortunate 14h layover, the joys of booking a last minute flight to the end of the world.

    Last I heard he was stable and they were confident and about to attempt lifting the sedation. So at least that's better news than before.
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    I sent you my ph and email if you need me to do anything !

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    Thank you All for your prayers.

    Update for Rick: He's conscious, recognises his family, and can curse in a comprehensive and unholy manner, but is also confused and lost, strongly demented and just wants to go home. Asking for a smoke but he hasn't smoked in 40y. If he overcomes the current pneumonia and fluid in his lungs it'll be a long road to some kind of recovery. We remain hopeful.

    Not bad for a man with 30 min cardiovascular downtime resulting in 3 significant strokes, inability to swallow without drowning, and a list of serious co-morbidities as long as your anchor warp.
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    Story to hear about your dad's health, good luck to him. Wow, lots and lots of drawers and boxes full of treasure in that shed!

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    Well, an update on Rick's workshop -

    It's been a rugged couple of years, and in that time the workshop, as awesome as it is, has largely lain untouched. My Father did stage a remarkable recovery for someone who had no heartbeat for 30 min - Now after nearly 24 months, he's mostly lucid, but unable to walk, and will not likely return home.
    The tough decision was made to sell the family home and now I'm booking flights to spend a week in NZ over Easter, divesting that glorious workshop of my Father's treasure.

    Much of it will likely be relocated to my Workshop up North, but there's only so much that can be done in a week.
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    I do not envy you the task that lies ahead for you. From my own experience, a week isn't nearly long enough. Trust in your instincts and do what's best for you and family. Steer clear of vultures, stay strong.

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    Best of luck in all this - and especially to your dad. Been through the shop thing & it's tough. I agree that a week won't be enough. Any chance of storing stuff somewhere & coming back when you have more time?
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    Any mileage in hiring/buying a container? A mate has one for a boat shop, surprisingly inexpensive.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Tough times, best wishes.

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    I remember cleaning out my fathers shed. Two large packing crates back to my place and 5 skips filled. My father grew up in the Depression, he wasted nothing.
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    My sympathy, a friend just went back to NZ for the same reason.
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    It's a tough task, cleaning out your dad's shop... Enlist the aid of some of those neighborhood blokes. Bribe them with stuff you don't want -- hardest worker gets first choice from the pile.

    And yes, shipping container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    I remember cleaning out my fathers shed. Two large packing crates back to my place and 5 skips filled. My father grew up in the Depression, he wasted nothing.
    Except space in the shed! I'm about to do a big shed clean up of my own. There's a significant cost in keeping stuff that might come in useful one day.

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    All the best to your dad Redeye, and to you, its not an easy task you have ahead.

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    well the first full day of action was surprisingly fruitful.
    most large stuff is already loaded in the truck.

    But amongst my rummaging I found this:






    i have no idea what this is or for what it was made for..


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    stretching wire rope?
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    It looks like there's a part missing on the left, where the two holes are.

    It also looks like it might mount to the bottom of a table/platform, like a WW vise. Google of "steel rack" is pretty non-specific, unless there's a patent number, etc.

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    Looks like it may have been fabricated for a specific purpose using parts from other tools? Here is an antique "Steel Rack" bench vise that uses a casting very much like that on the mystery tool:



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    Yes, that is indeed the same casting. So the mystery is now for what reason were these parts assembled so?

    The shed is full of these kind of things, one off machines built for some obscure purpose. Also a bunch of other cool stuff...

    like this...






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    That hand powered bench grinder is a great tool for salvaging an abused chisel.
    You can operate it at a slow enough speed to control overheating.

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    Yep that hand grinder has been in the family a long time.

    It's the miscellaneous boxes that hold the best treasure, though...
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