Milling Machine Stiffness

December 9, 2018 Nigel 0

So, here I am in the workshop with a dial gauge in the spindle and weights on the top of the milling machine. The head was locked in position. You don’t need to use more [more…]

Switch Failure on Warco WM240B

November 30, 2018 Nigel 0

There was no bang or sparks or smoke, I switched the Warco WM240B lathe off and it just would not restart. I did all of the usual things of checking that there was power at [more…]

Aligning a Rotary Table

October 14, 2018 Nigel 0

Aligning a part on the rotary table can be tricky and this is just a simple rough and ready approach to aligning a part. What I’m actually trying to achieve here is the alignment of [more…]

Proxxon DS230/e Fretsaw

August 27, 2018 Nigel 0

A light small fretsaw that works very effectively and is easy to use at any level. Specification Machined worktable of die-cast aluminium, 160 x 160mm. ABS plastic body with side sliding panel for removal of [more…]

Picard Planishing Hammer

July 29, 2018 Nigel 0

Precisely ground and hardened, hand-forged, steel head with highly polished tips mounted on a hickory handle to provide the right weight and balance. Made in Germany. Round Faces Flat Face 25mm diameter Round Domed Face [more…]

Swann-Morton Scalpel

July 28, 2018 Nigel 0

We all have a selection of different knives from the robust Stanley that is great for cutting tough material such as carpet to the small model making knives with blades that have never been changed [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 is [more…]

Reduce any Overhangs

July 1, 2018 Nigel 0

One key parameter with regards to any tools is to reduce the overhang and so reduce the chance of chatter or even worse parts and tools breaking. The image shows a simple change in the [more…]