Unimat 3 Pillar Drill

April 10, 2016 Nigel 1

I really want a small pillar drill that is available for use on a regular basis. I have a Unimat 3 lathe/mill, but whenever I want to use it as a drill it is normally [more…]

Guide Bearing Failure on BS250

April 9, 2016 Nigel 0

I went to change the blade on my Record BS250 bandsaw and the lower set of bearings were locked solid, you could just about feel movement if you rocked them back and forth. I removed the metal shields [more…]

Skelton Saws

April 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Skelton saws scarborough – just beautiful handmade saws to very traditional designs Source: Our Products – Skelton Saws

Record Irwin Pipe Bender

April 6, 2016 Nigel 0

Some years ago I made a pipe bender for small copper tube as I just could not buy one for small diameter pipe. Imagine my excitement when I saw this on the Axminster Tools website. [more…]

Carbide Slitting Saw

April 5, 2016 Nigel 0

I bought this solid carbide slitting saw at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition in 2014 and have been using it for some time on various materials. At the weekend I decided to use this blade [more…]

Swarfega Hand Wipes

April 4, 2016 Nigel 0

  The Swarfega hand wipes. I’m used to Swarfega being a thick green jelly that you rub all over your hands and work it in to remove the grease and dirt and then lots of [more…]


April 3, 2016 Nigel 0

Note: this is a trademark of Du Pont, the official website for Corian® in the UK is www.corian.uk Material properties: Density kg/m3 1730 to 1760 Hardness (surface) 2 to 3 Mohs Note: These properties should [more…]

Brazing Hearth

April 2, 2016 Nigel 2

I need a brazing hearth and after look around at what I could buy I settled on making one. Make The core of this build is fire bricks for a wood stove. You can buy [more…]

Record BS250 Bandsaw

April 1, 2016 Nigel 0

My old bandsaw has broken, nothing too serious, but the casting around the guides broke and being a friction based guide system I just thought enough is enough. In addition it was a tad underpowered [more…]