Wood Turning on Unimat 3

January 12, 2019 Nigel 0

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

January 10, 2019 Nigel 0

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…]

YS Tools ER25 Collets and Chucks

December 31, 2018 Nigel 0

A set of ER25 metric collets along with 3MT and parallel shank chucks. The parts as they arrived. 25 collets, 2 chucks and 2 C-Spanners not shown here. All of the parts came in sealed [more…]

Connecting Rod

December 29, 2018 Nigel 0

The part in an internal combustion engine that connects the piston to the crankshaft. It changes reciprocating motion of the piston into rotary motion of the crankshaft or vice versa. A connecting rod consists of [more…]

Transitional Engine – Crankcase

December 24, 2018 Nigel 0

This isn’t much of a crankcase, but that is the best description I can give as it links the cylinder and the main engine frame on my Transitional Engine. The starting point was a 2.5″ [more…]

Centering and Aligning

December 24, 2018 Nigel 0

These tappet covers were rather damaged after a number of years of use and what looks like some rough treatment – looked like a pair of mole grips had been used in the past to [more…]

Milling Machine Stiffness

December 9, 2018 Nigel 0

So, here I am in the workshop with a dial gauge in the spindle and weights on the top of the milling machine. The head was locked in position. You don’t need to use more [more…]

Switch Failure on Warco WM240B

November 30, 2018 Nigel 0

There was no bang or sparks or smoke, I switched the Warco WM240B lathe off and it just would not restart. I did all of the usual things of checking that there was power at [more…]

Flow Noise

November 18, 2018 Nigel 0

A term generally used to describe aerodynamic noise produced when a gas flows within a duct or when the gas exits the duct. This is a typical problem observed in the exhaust systems of internal [more…]