DIN 875 Flat Square

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Must admit that I saw this small flat square and immediately had to buy one. The number of times I have been working on something and wanted a square that would lie flat on the [more…]

Clamping Kit

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

With any milling machine a set of clamps is a must first buy. My clamping set is screwed to the wall behind the milling machine. Keeps the workbench clear and easy to access. This is [more…]

Soba Tailstock Die Holder

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Normally I use a standard handheld die holder and push this against the bar to be threaded with the tailstock and then start to cut the thread. This can be very hit and miss, but [more…]

Antex XS25 Soldering Iron

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

I′ve had a 15W Weller soldering iron for around 15 years and up until last weekend was no trouble. Then it just stopped. So time to look for a new soldering iron – turn to [more…]

Soba HSS Lathe Tools

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a bit of a cheat as it is not that hard to grind your own lathe tools, in addition you get to learn cutting angles. Having said all of that a pre-ground set [more…]

High Speed Steel

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

Abbreviated HSS and commonly just listed or desicribed as HSS. A hard steel used for metal cutting tools as it remains hard even at dull red temperatures. It normally contains: Tungsten 12 to 18%, Chromium [more…]

Tapers

January 1, 2018 Nigel 0

Jacobs Taper The Jacobs Taper (abbreviated JT eg JT0 or JT3) is commonly used to secure drill press chucks to an arbor. Taper Large End Small End Length Taper/ Foot Taper/ Inch 1/2 Included Angle [more…]

Pinvice

December 30, 2017 Nigel 6

I have a number of small pinvices, but they tend to be rather crude and not very accurate. I also have a larger hand drill that is literally a small chuck attached to a steel [more…]

I-Beams

December 24, 2017 Nigel 0

For my gas engine from a steam engine (Transitional Engine) I needed a frame made from I-beams. As you cannot buy these I decided to make them from rectangualr section mild steel. The overall section [more…]

Transitional Engine

December 23, 2017 Nigel 0

This engine is occupying a lot of my time and so thought it is about time it went onto my gallery page even if still a work in progress. You will have to bear with [more…]