Model Making

I spend hours making many different types of models and I find this is a great way of relaxing. It’s also a constructive element where I end up with something that is rewarding for years to come.

A simple chair at 1/12th scale with a seat woven from bamboo.

Or the 5 cylinder rotary engine that has taken 100’s of hours to construct.

All of these models have their rewards in the process of making and as objects to look at.

My gallery page lists a large number of my models.

 

 

Knowledge

There’s always a lot of information and tables that are needed around the workshop and that are helpful in the field of general engineering and so I’ve started to list those under the heading Knowledge, a great place to start is with the Engineering page itself.

  • Transitional Engine – Eccentric

    The transitional engine has been on the bench for quite some time and has gone through a number of design updates – basically there is no plan, except in my head and so the design [more…]

  • Durafix Easy Weld

    If you want to weld aluminium then you really need a TIG welder… Some jobs are not suitable for TIG welding and a soldering or brazing would be more useful where you can flood a [more…]

  • CAD Software

    For some time I’ve been thinking about moving away from the drawing board and using CAD. OK, it’s 2019 and there have been a lot of perfectly good CAD packages out there for a number [more…]

  • Radiused Connecting Rods

    The formal way to radius the end of a connecting rod is to use a rotary table and an end mill. If you don’t have a rotary table you can make hardened filing buttons and [more…]

  • Accurately Drilling a Hole

    Even in a milling machine with all axes, apart from the quill movement, locked I start with a centre drill. Drill gently to ensure that the centre is perfectly aligned and drill into the material [more…]

  • Milling Machine Z-Axis Accuracy

    Someone asked me how accurate my Sieg SX2.7 milling machine was in Z-axis. There problem was the head moving when you lock the travel. My method for measuring this was to lightly clamp an engineers [more…]

  • Warco WM240b Carriage

    I’ve had a Warco WM240b for a number of years, but in the last few days the main carriage has been developing noticeable play. The obvious sign was that I would make a cut and [more…]

  • Wood Turning on Unimat 3

    My wood turning technique will horrify the professional and amateur wood turners alike. However, having never had a lesson and starting with an Emco Unimat 3 when I was 11 years old I’ve developed a [more…]

  • Aerodynamic Noise

    When we flow gas through a pipe or over a surface (fluid dynamics) we generate noise and sometimes vibration. The noise that is produced can be extreme if there is a feedback system between the [more…]

Workshop

The workshop / man-cave is the den in which we can master a number of engineering techniques.