Last night, Dr J came round to make a dog to connect his capstan winch to his engine. They cost about £50 each on eBay – even for a copy – so we made one out of a chunk of 45mm bar scrounged from the offcuts bin at a local engineering firm.
I’ve also been working on The Duke’s NATO hitch recently, so here’s a couple of pictures of that. The packing plates are all home made (only two shown) and the swivel pin was made on the lathe out of silver steel. Not exactly the cheapest option, but it does mean it should be rust free for some time.
So it cost very little to make the dog (wear and tear on the tools being the biggest cost) but it did take the two of us six hours, so I can see why these things cost as much as they do! I think it’s safe to say though, Dr J and I would much rather spend six hours using a lathe and drinking beer than paying somebody else £50 to do the same!