Machined blob

Machined blob

This weekend I machined up one the castings from last week’s melt. Here’s the stages from scrap to machined results. Step 1Some scrap ali that I found round the back of the shed, sawn up into suitable sized pieces to

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“how to knurl a bent steel bar”

“how to knurl a bent steel bar”, this was the search that one of the Workshop shed readers had made against the site. Well, I’m afraid I don’t have any complete solution to that problem but here’s my independently thought

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Spindles

Spindles

Back in the 1940s the idea of “Make Do and Mend” was common, however over the last 60 years the disposable culture has slowly taken over. My friends from PSTOIC are the kind of people who will happily repair something

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Valve Amp Feet

Valve Amp Feet

Having a acquired a classic looking valve amplifier my friend was disappointed to find that it had tacky plastic feet which were quite tall and prominant so I was commissioned to make some smaller ones from aluminium. As with all

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Stainless Steel Washer

Stainless Steel Washer

“Can you make me up a 38mm washer with a 19mm bore”, said my father, “in 3.5mm stainless steel” he added. My first problem was finding a supplier for the stainless steel. I quickly discovered that I was not going

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Cut off disk mandrel finished

Cut off disk mandrel finished

My first mini project on the lathe is complete. The external 2mm thread took three attempts, the first screw cutting did not work at all. The second was good but too long and when I tried to shorten the screw

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M2 Taps and Dies

M2 Taps and Dies

As mentioned in a previous blog about the arrival of the mini-lathe, my first project is a cutoff disk mandrel for a dremel like drill. For this I needed an M2 tap and die set which arrived in the post

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