Carbide or Tungsten Carbide

June 25, 2016 Nigel 1

Nowadays tools are often referred to as being made from “carbide” – what they actually mean is Tungsten Carbide. The reason for using Tungsten Carbide is it has some great properties: melting point 2,785–2,830°C hardness of [more…]

Hobbymat MD65

June 11, 2016 Nigel 0

I′ve owned this lathe from new, bought around 1982. Review Specification: Centre Height: 65 mm (2.6″) Between Centres: 300 mm (12″) Turning diameter over carriage: 62mm Cross slide travel: 80mm Headstock: MT2 Headstock bore: 12mm [more…]

Case Hardening Compound

June 7, 2016 Nigel 0

Just bought some case hardening compound from EKP Supplies. I want it for a cylinder that I have machined and would like to try and harden the inner surface. I bought 250g for around £14.00 [more…]

Sieg SX2.3

May 30, 2016 Nigel 0

I often have a browse around to look at the latest milling machines and to see if there is anything new. This means looking at Warco, Axminster Tools and ArcEuro – the latter two selling [more…]

Air-Tight

May 2, 2016 Nigel 0

Whether it is polyfila or fire cement or any other form of cement it is important to keep the air out when storing it. The problem I find is that the various manufacturers often supply [more…]

Glass Alcohol Burner

April 30, 2016 Nigel 0

I’ve had this glass methylated spirits burner for around 10 years and I use it regularly when I need to heat a larger than normal part for soldering. The body and top is made from [more…]

Precision Tool Vice

April 24, 2016 Nigel 0

I have a heavy duty 3″ wide Soba machine vice, great for general use. However, I often want a small precise vice to hold some of the smaller parts that I make. After much searching [more…]