Carbide Roughing Endmill

October 15, 2016 Nigel 0

An afternoon at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. The event this year, 2016, was rather quieter than last year and did not feel like it had the number of stands or models. I did go [more…]

Warco WM240B

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

It has taken me months of looking and comparing lathes to get to the point where I ordered this lathe. I looked at the Quantum lathes and on paper they look great, but when I [more…]

Proxxon Bench Circular Saw FKS/e

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Specification 220 – 240V motor, 50/60Hz. Electronic speed control, with feedback effect, for speeds of 4,400 – 6,800rpm. Overall size: 300 x 262 x 170mm (without extension wing). Weight approx. 5.2kg. Table size: 295 x [more…]

Proxxon Bench Circular Saw KS 230

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Specification Machined, die-cast aluminium table of 160 x 160mm. Super cut blade 58mm dia., 80 teeth, individually set and sharpened, is included. Quiet, high performance 230V motor for prolonged use. Graduated mitre stop. Base of [more…]

Stuart 10V

October 2, 2016 Nigel 0

I made this model from castings over 35 years ago when I was 14. Most of the machining was done on a Unimat 3 lathe and milling machine. The Unimat 3 is a tiny lathe [more…]

Wood & Metal Beam Engine

September 18, 2016 Nigel 0

I designed and built this engine with an intent on making it aesthetically pleasing. The engine was designed as I went, nothing that new there for me, and the whole build was described in our [more…]

Beer and Steam Engines

September 10, 2016 Nigel 0

Carlsberg brewery, beer tasting and a stationary steam engine added in for good measure – just how perfect could a day get? This vertical steam engine sits in the museum at the Carlsberg brewery and [more…]

Workshop Organisation

September 3, 2016 Nigel 0

I have a small workshop and so rely on a well organised storage system to pack in all that I need. Just recently I saw two articles that are the opposite of this: large workshop [more…]

Solenoid V-Twin Motor

August 21, 2016 Nigel 0

After making a solenoid motor in a couple of afternoons in the workshop I thought I should go for something rather more sophisticated. This was constructed as a 45° V-Twin with a 4-stroke action on [more…]

Solenoid Motor

August 21, 2016 Nigel 1

This is a simple homemade solenoid engine. This has ball bearings for all of the rotating joints. A cam with 2 lobes operates on the roller on the micro-switch and excites the coil when the [more…]