Bolt Patterns and Clearance

July 23, 2016 Nigel 0

Sometimes I just struggle to get the correct clearances and bolt patterns. Often due to the fact that I change my mind on the type or size of bolts that I should use. The trouble [more…]

1 2 3 Blocks

July 17, 2016 Nigel 0

Technically these are 10-20-40 and 20-40-80 Blocks and Arc Euro Trade calls them Stevenson’s Blocks. Review Great for jacking up workpieces, aligning workpieces on a milling table or using as a measuring aid. Toughened and [more…]

New to Old & back to Newish

July 3, 2016 Nigel 0

There is something about good quality tools and sometimes the old ones are the best, not always, but some of the older hand tools are especially nice. The curved tin snips at the top of [more…]

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 1

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…]