Brass

A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, easy to work and polishes well

Making the Victorian Flea Chariot – Part 1

Making the Victorian Flea Chariot - Part 1

Design As mentioned in the first flea chariot article, the design of the chariot was based on those seen on pathe newsreels and from the Tivoli Gardens flea circus. The spokeless design for the wheels was on the difficulties given

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Victorian Flea Circus Chariot

Victorian Flea Circus Chariot

The idea to make a Victorian Flea Chariot came about due to my interest in Flea Circuses. I wondered if it was possible to make one using simple techniques such as would have been available in the 1800s. Although there

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Keeping warm in the workshop

Keeping warm in the workshop

This weekend the temperature in the workshop shed dropped below 0°C so the electric heater was set going. It’s only a little workshop and I’m not working long hours so I’m not too worried about the cost. However the cold

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Making Tiny Wheels

Making Tiny Wheels

My next project is a “Flea Circus Chariot”, this is a basic two wheeled chariot similar to those used on Roman Chariot races. The plan is to make this from brass sheet with the wheels machined from brass rod. The

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Suppliers

I learnt about a couple of suppliers today, the first is Maidstone Engineering Supplies, a good all round supplier of materials, tools and steam components. http://www.maidstone-engineering.co.uk/ The second is Metal Supermarkets who have stores all over the UK and a

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