Phosphor Bronze

September 3, 2018 Nigel 0

An alloy of copper with 3.5 to 10% of tin and a significant phosphorus content of up to 1%. PB1 is a continuously cast product used for machined components washers and bushes. PB2 This has [more…]

Vital Bond

August 27, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a thick super glue designed to be use with porous materials such as woods and for gap filling. I tried this on some metal parts where I wanted to ensure the glue covered [more…]

EN8

August 26, 2018 Nigel 0

I needed to make some long double ended bolts for a friend who’s restoring a motorbike. After some searching we decided on EN8: EN8 Engineering Steel is an unalloyed carbon steel with reasonable tensile strength. [more…]

Steel

August 11, 2018 Nigel 0

An iron-based alloy containing carbon, and other alloying elements eg manganese. Steel contains anywhere between 0.2% carbon for soft wire and sheet steel and 1.5% carbon for cutting tools. A work in progress as I [more…]

Plasti Dip for Tool Handles

June 10, 2018 Nigel 0

I bought this pair of pliers at the boot fair for a really low price of just 25p. The quality is superb as they were made by H. Brindley Birmingham, the issue is the handle [more…]

Truloc 268

March 17, 2018 Nigel 0

“Truloc Superfit 268 is a single component high viscosity anaerobic adhesive designed for high strength fast curing thread locking and retention of cylindrical parts. It has been designed for applications requiring maximum static strength high [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…]

Pewter

May 28, 2017 Nigel 0

The image shows a pewter flywheel on a solenoid engine. The outer surface has a hammered finish. Traditionally pewter is an alloy containing 80% tin and 20% lead. Modern pewter is 85 to 95% tin with [more…]

Wood and it’s Uses

May 23, 2017 Nigel 0

A hard substance which forms the branches and trunks of trees and which can be used as a building material, for making things, or as a fuel. Wood properties depend on moisture content. Wood is [more…]

Parting Aluminium on the Lathe

April 2, 2017 Nigel 0

Parting off aluminium in the lathe can be nerve racking and especially if you’ve got it wrong in the past and either the work piece has come out of the chuck or the tool has [more…]