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  1. I daresay a day of glue stiffener doesn't go amiss...
  2. I've been looking at the design philosophy of the machine, and it's not the tender child you think. One description has it almost a pioneer ox-cart machine, easily demountable and quite capable of surviving a wagon trail. Maybe you should discuss a partial disassembly with your customer, if it's truly so simple. The issue may be that where standard metalwork comes into contact with tank armour (or the equivalent!) a shear point is created which disappears if the normal bits are separated. Left to itself, anything hitting the tough stuff in transit will pay the price: what you don't want is someone using the hefty bits to land on top of the rest. We've all seen it in airports, that's a cello case, let's drop a bag full of golf clubs on it.
  3. It's not so much the sweep as the ceiling collapse on the backswong. In between, some girlie type fixes him fast and small. You can see the cops' reaction now, "we're going to need a bigger van"
  4. I've been in logistics in my time, where are you sending it? In general, it's wiser to ask a local company to the recipient, because then the only problem's going to be right at the start - local knowledge pays dividends. I was watching a German test DHL last night sending Airtags to North Korea - they werefull of it, but one went to South Korea, the other as far a Peking, where its brother caught up with it, and were blocked because North Korea's stopped imports, ostensibly because of Covid, but really because they're skint. Someone else was trying UPS - and dismantled the logic of their claims system.
  5. "In business for several years" is almost a definition of insolvent. Their start-up capital's invested, they're not big enough to be thoroughly stable yet. On the other hand, my daughter's bff has just had a call to interview two months after closure.
  6. In principle, yes, but in practice you'll find the width of the knife doesn't offer you the full width of bevel. The answer's to extend it with bevel punching: a 5mm and a 10mm beveller with a light (<1kg) soft-head mallet will suffice. That will impose working in veg tan only on you, and learning to case the leather, which wouldn't be so necessary in plain knifework.Don't forget a sharpener for the knife, and edge polishing/finish. Many might use antiquing to bring out the bevel fully, too.
  7. You have to smile at them still using non-standard sizing to force their customers loyalty!
  8. Only if your feet are standard and they fit that standard. I have extremely wide feet, so spend too much time showing ignorant salesfolk I cannot wear their shoes. Others have thin feet. I'd have to go up about three sizes to get a standard width to fit, and they don't make shoes that long! Plus the trip danger is loke wearing a clown's shoe. I'm fully aware you ladies have a culture only beaten by the Chinese bound feet for forcing your plates* into shoes which are halfway between physiologically crippling and demonstrably masochistic, but there's no need to encourage it! This wasn't an issue when all shoes were cobbled, but since plastic injection, I have to travel halfway across London to find a shop which sells gym shoes which fit. They, on the other hand, can barely handle me because my feet just aren't crazy enough. My venturing into the area is part of learning how to adapt shoes to my needs. *Plates? I was raised in cockneydom. Plates o'meat, feet.
  9. "Scalpel?" "Scalpel." "Swab?" "Swab." "Saw?" "Saw." "Doctor, the patient's coming round" "Hammer?" My mum's family has a soubriquet in French all of its own. Call someone a tire-dents, a tooth-puller, and it's an invitation to sort things outside, right now. it comes from about five-times great grandfather Claudius Ash, who was a battlefield surgeon at Waterloo, and relieved the dead of their teeth once the no longer needed them. Soldiers were generally fit and young, so their teeth became the world's first commercially available false teeth.
  10. It's actually called a liripipe, and combines a scarf in the tail, which doubles as a long pocket. And guess who has one and uses it? It can even be rolled into a hat!
  11. Use it with a crochet hook to chain the loops together. The last stitch is pulled right through the previous loop to lock the rest.
  12. Now expand that vertically. Three feet tall or more.
  13. I was trained as a buyer by a major engineering company in the 1970s, at the start of the digital age. We knew what we authorised would take a lot of beating, but lacked the resources to do the intensive usage testing a manufacturer should do. So our criteria was tougher: Friday afternoons was football time. If it could be destroyed, we'd destroy it. The issue was how long it survived: if it shattered at the first glance, then no. But if it was robust enough to survive unreasonable abuse (ie the worst Murphy's Law might dish out less deliberately) then perhaps. That might apply to anything - so don't expect to get it back pristine. It might be they don't want to see how it survives being dragged through a flood. You never know.]
  14. The original idea goes back to the seventies for sure, likely older, someone took a knife to a bath sponge, stuck a chunk in some florists wire and span it closed in a hand drill. Now you can get craft EVA and upholstery foam, you can likely carve to shape.
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