Hilshear

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a fantastic view of this vice mounted shear. The gearing is nice and high which you can see if you compare the pivot point to gear meshing point. The cutting edges can be [more…]

G-Clamp AM-TECH

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

These are a cheap make that you find on garage forecourts and on market stalls. I saw these small clamps and thought they were worth testing at the very low price of £1.40 each. Copper [more…]

Angle Plate – from Warco

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Another buy from my trip to the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. A small cast iron angle plate. Nominal: 3″ x 2.5″ x 2″ Measured: 75.4mm x 63.5mm x 50.5mm The slots are 8mm wide. I [more…]

DIN 875 Flat Square

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Must admit that I saw this small flat square and immediately had to buy one. The number of times I have been working on something and wanted a square that would lie flat on the [more…]

Clamping Kit

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

With any milling machine a set of clamps is a must first buy. My clamping set is screwed to the wall behind the milling machine. Keeps the workbench clear and easy to access. This is [more…]

Soba Tailstock Die Holder

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Normally I use a standard handheld die holder and push this against the bar to be threaded with the tailstock and then start to cut the thread. This can be very hit and miss, but [more…]

Antex XS25 Soldering Iron

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

I′ve had a 15W Weller soldering iron for around 15 years and up until last weekend was no trouble. Then it just stopped. So time to look for a new soldering iron – turn to [more…]

Soba HSS Lathe Tools

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a bit of a cheat as it is not that hard to grind your own lathe tools, in addition you get to learn cutting angles. Having said all of that a pre-ground set [more…]

High Speed Steel

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

Abbreviated HSS and commonly just listed or desicribed as HSS. A hard steel used for metal cutting tools as it remains hard even at dull red temperatures. It normally contains: Tungsten 12 to 18%, Chromium [more…]

Tapers

January 1, 2018 Nigel 0

Jacobs Taper The Jacobs Taper (abbreviated JT eg JT0 or JT3) is commonly used to secure drill press chucks to an arbor. Taper Large End Small End Length Taper/ Foot Taper/ Inch 1/2 Included Angle [more…]