Double Acting Oscillating Engine

December 31, 2016 Nigel 0

This engine started when I bought the Warco WM240b and I wanted something substantial to make and the idea of a large rather agricultural oscillating engine popped into my head. The original intention was that [more…]

Soba Optical Centre Punch

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Opening the case I got hit by a very strong smell of glue, a proper wow. The set consists of the base unit that has two holes through it, two optics (one with cross-hairs and [more…]

Incra Protractor

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Marking out angles or divisions on a board can be difficult to do accurately. Incra Rules are designed to solve that issue by cutting the fine divisions through the thin steel plate used to make the measurement device. The [more…]

Arc Euro Digital Caliper

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Must admit that I bought this as a bit of a gimmick as I already have a perfectly functioning digital caliper – machine-dro.co.uk Digital Caliper. The treat with this one is the large display and [more…]

Brass Gears

Brass Standards

December 28, 2016 Nigel 0

There are two basic classes of brass: Alpha alloys – less than 37% zinc – ductile and can be cold worked. alpha/beta or duplex alloys – 37-45% zinc – have limited cold ductility and are [more…]

Aluminium Grades

December 27, 2016 Nigel 0

I always find machining aluminium to be mostly ok, but now and again milling can just go badly wrong if the chips stick to the tool. The following list of alloys will give you an [more…]