Thumbscrews, knurls and threads

Thumbscrews, knurls and threads

This weekend I was designing some parts using Fusion360. I had a couple of challenges but learnt a lot along the way. The part I wanted to model was a  thumbscrew which I’m going to be using in a future

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Upcycled Chairs

Upcycled Chairs

This week’s project comes from Rebecca. The kitchen chairs were looking a bit tired and shabby after 11 years of use. These Stefan chairs from Ikea are simple wooden affairs with a detachable cushion but they had various stains from

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Surprise Maker Parcel

Surprise Maker Parcel

Andy unboxes a #SurpriseMakerParcel from Alfred Chow – Maker of things. There’s an interesting selection of items in the box, some really old ones and some useful electronics.

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Three different drill bits

Three different drill bits

When I shattered a 7mm drill bit the other week, Dormer Pramet got in contact and offered me a replacement. I’ve been following them on twitter for a while and particularly like their machining tips and Monday quiz from which

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Active Hands

Active Hands

Workshopshed:  Engineer and Sportsman Rob Smith runs Active Hands, a company that makes assistive technology for people with gripping problems. Whilst on holiday as a student, Rob fell down a cliff and suffered a spinal injury. After 9 months of

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Making Space for Your Woodworking Projects

Making Space for Your Woodworking Projects

Workshopshed: Today’s Guest post is from Sandy Morris who tells us of the problems of running out of space to work. Sandy: I heard an interesting but fairly common story about a man living in Oxford who was passionate about

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American Magazines for Makers

American Magazines for Makers

So that I’d have something to read on a long flight I dropped into a Barnes and Noble store to see what magazines were available. I picked these three. Nuts and Volts I’d heard of Nuts and Volts via the

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Calbourne Water Mill

Calbourne Water Mill

Calbourne Water Mill & Rural Museum is located at the North East corner of the Isle of Wight. There’s been a mill on the site since before the Domesday Book was written in 1086. I had a chance to visit just

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