Durafix Easy Weld

March 23, 2019 Nigel 0

If you want to weld aluminium then you really need a TIG welder… Some jobs are not suitable for TIG welding and a soldering or brazing would be more useful where you can flood a [more…]

CAD Software

March 16, 2019 Nigel 0

For some time I’ve been thinking about moving away from the drawing board and using CAD. OK, it’s 2019 and there have been a lot of perfectly good CAD packages out there for a number [more…]

Radiused Connecting Rods

February 28, 2019 Nigel 0

The formal way to radius the end of a connecting rod is to use a rotary table and an end mill. If you don’t have a rotary table you can make hardened filing buttons and [more…]

Accurately Drilling a Hole

February 28, 2019 Nigel 0

Even in a milling machine with all axes, apart from the quill movement, locked I start with a centre drill. Drill gently to ensure that the centre is perfectly aligned and drill into the material [more…]

Milling Machine Z-Axis Accuracy

February 28, 2019 Nigel 0

Someone asked me how accurate my Sieg SX2.7 milling machine was in Z-axis. There problem was the head moving when you lock the travel. My method for measuring this was to lightly clamp an engineers [more…]

Warco WM240b Carriage

February 17, 2019 Nigel 0

I’ve had a Warco WM240b for a number of years, but in the last few days the main carriage has been developing noticeable play. The obvious sign was that I would make a cut and [more…]

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…]