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By Ekki, it's gorgeous...

posted 20 Oct 2010, 12:14 by ThomoCo   [ updated 20 Oct 2010, 12:51 ]
I finally got Leonard the Lathe (don't ask) up and running today and began to have a practice at machining up the many and various shafts and axles for The Splinter.

Fortunately, Leonard came with an attachment for machining non-ferrous metals and I shall use this cracking gizmo to machine the Ekki hardwood components that have to be micro millimetre perfect.

I have never operated a machine like this before so I'm taking my time to get familiar with it and watching as many YouTube videos on the subject as I possibly can.

The Ekki I am using is reclaimed from the Norfolk Broads river system. Ekki's properties make it a perfect material for heavy construction or other uses where great strength and durability is needed. Typical applications for Ekki include wharfs, bridges, sea defences and river pilings because of the wood's strength and resistance to decay. It is also used for other forms of heavy duty construction such as decking, railway sleepers, parquet flooring and heavy duty rollers.

One of its more interesting uses is as the running track for the rubber-wheeled trains of the Paris Metro!