Belt Drives

July 15, 2018 Nigel 0

There are a number of ways to transmit power between two shafts, often to enable speed reduction and torque increase, but one of the easiest ways is to use a form of belt drive. They [more…]

Warco Lathe Stop

July 1, 2018 Nigel 0

I’ve been using my Warco WM240B lathe for a number of years and although I’m not a great admirer or saddle stops I thought it was about time I made one. The starting point is [more…]

Reduce any Overhangs

July 1, 2018 Nigel 0

One key parameter with regards to any tools is to reduce the overhang. The image shows a simple change in the length of cutter tool that is protruding from the collet chuck, but this small [more…]

Axminster Heavy Duty Flexible Shaft

June 17, 2018 Nigel 0

Specification 190W continuously rated motor Variable speed (0-20,000rpm) – foot pedal control 970mm long flexible shaft Wall mounted hanger The base unit as it arrives in it′s box. This contains the motor, flexible shaft, foot-controller [more…]

Glanze Profiling Tool

June 16, 2018 Nigel 0

I bought this to use on the Warco WM240b lathe. The tool comes with a torx key, but no space insert. Although being round you can rotate the insert and so re-use more of the [more…]

Plasti Dip for Tool Handles

June 10, 2018 Nigel 0

I bought this pair of pliers at the boot fair for a really low price of just 25p. The quality is superb as they were made by H. Brindley Birmingham, the issue is the handle [more…]

Veritas Marking Gauge

May 30, 2018 Nigel 0

The brass and black main body of the gauge makes it very distinctive, this is the fine adjust version and so the thumb wheel lock for the body and the threaded lock/fine adjustment. The instructions [more…]

Scriber from Scrap

May 28, 2018 Nigel 0

Some time ago I bought a solid carbide 3mm diameter end mill to remove a broken tap. The first thing is why did I not buy a slot drill as this would have been more [more…]

Copper Flower

May 7, 2018 Nigel 0

This job started with an old copper kettle and a 2″ diameter piece of mild steel. This shows the 2″ piece of mild steel sat on the bench and waiting to be turned. This was [more…]