I’ve been doing some simple wood turning in the lathe over the last few weeks. I found that the local DIY superstore sold hemlock balustrade blanks, for a couple of pounds. This is a pale wood that is fine grained
As mentioned in previous article about compound tables and cross vices, I’m interesting in milling to get better results than manual filing for my T-nuts. I realised that because of the small side of these nuts it would be possible
The bezel I started a few days back was finished off on Monday night and delivered to a happy recipient. The surface was given a very light skim to remove the paint and the ends were rounded off freehand with
Looking for gifts for machinists, sheddies, engineers and general bodgers. Here’s a few examples One of my favourites is this model of a man working at a lathe made in stainless steel and the sterling engines are always popular.
The latest mini project is the making of a doughnut shaped ring in 3mm sheet aluminium. The inner diameter is 54mm and the outer diameter is 70mm. The outer edge needs to be rounded off. The part is to act
My tip for the day is to get hold of some pipe cleaners. These are great for getting bits of swarf from out of the nooks and crannies of your lathe and can also be used for cleaning out threads
Last month I roughly sawed and filed my cast aluminium blobs into blocks. The resulting blocks were too large to fit into my 3 jaw chuck so I hoped to mount them on the faceplate. There are many ways of