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…]

Microclene MC100 Dust Filtration

December 10, 2017 Nigel 0

There is no excuse to be working in a dusty environment, you wouldn′t accept it in the workplace so why do you accept it with your hobby. The excuse used is normally cost – well [more…]

Glanze TCT Tools

August 5, 2017 Nigel 0

Having bought a Warco WM240b lathe I needed some larger tools as everything up until now had been based around my HobbyMat and Unimat 3 that are both very happy with 6mm tooling. At 6mm [more…]

Mini Mill Belt Drive

June 18, 2017 Nigel 6

These mini milling machines (eg Amadeal XJ12-300) with the back gears suffer from gearbox failures and mine did some time ago – read about the experience of changing the gears for metal ones. Even after [more…]

Sanding Disc

June 18, 2017 Nigel 0

My bandsaw got to the point where it was very tired, the guides needed replacing, bearings in the wheels were struggling and it was a 3 wheel variety with an unusual blade length. All in [more…]

Mini Mill Gas Strut Conversion

June 12, 2017 Nigel 0

The spring that lifts the head of the milling machine (Amadeal XJ12-300) has been annoying me for some time. One big issue is the force is not consistent. However, it looked like a big job [more…]

Mini Mill Gearbox

June 11, 2017 Nigel 0

This is the Real Bull XJ9512 milling machine or for this particular case the Amadeal XJ12-300. I’d been using my mini mill (Amadeal XJ-300) for around 2 years and all was fine. Then I pushed [more…]