countersinking tool

Countersink Extension

June 16, 2019 Nigel 0

The poppet valve crankcase has been bugging me and I wanted to fix the brackets from inside the crankcase with countersunk caphead bolts. There just wasn’t room or the right angle to get a bit [more…]

Small Planishing Hammer

October 1, 2018 Nigel 2

I saw a small homemade hammer on one of the engineering forums and it just made me wonder about making my own, especially as I have a collection of hammers arranged on the wall of [more…]

Warco Lathe Stop

July 1, 2018 Nigel 1

I’ve been using my Warco WM240B lathe for a number of years and although I’m not a great admirer or saddle stops I thought it was about time I made one.   The starting point [more…]

Scriber from Scrap

May 28, 2018 Nigel 0

Some time ago I bought a solid carbide 3mm diameter end mill to remove a broken tap. The first thing is why did I not buy a slot drill as this would have been more [more…]

Low Profile Clamp

April 2, 2018 Nigel 2

This low profile clamp idea came about as I wanted to machine a large plate that was too large for the milling vice. I thought that two pieces of bar stock, clamped to the table [more…]

Watchmakers Finger Plate

March 22, 2018 Nigel 0

I’ve seen a few of these on different websites, Instagram, Pinterest and I thought I would make one as they look useful for clamping workpieces. I started with a piece of 1/4″ thick mild steel, [more…]

Knurling Tool

March 11, 2018 Nigel 1

The finished knurling tool and a piece of aluminium that has been knurled using each end of the tool. This all started 20 years ago with a pair of diamond knurling wheels that had been [more…]

A4 Press

March 4, 2018 Nigel 0

I wanted to make a press that we could use around the home to print lino carvings onto A4 paper amongst other pressing items, hence an A4 press for general use felt appropriate. The idea [more…]

4-Jaw Chuck on Rotary Table

February 11, 2018 Nigel 1

I’ve had a small 80mm 4-jaw chuck hanging around my workshop for some time with the intention of either mounting it to the Hobbymat Lathe or to a rotary table. The rotary table is a [more…]