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…]

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…]

Glanze Profiling Tool

June 16, 2018 Nigel 0

I bought this to use on the Warco WM240b lathe. The tool comes with a torx key, but no space insert. Although being round you can rotate the insert and so re-use more of the [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…]

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…]

Carbide Roughing Endmill

October 15, 2016 Nigel 0

An afternoon at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. The event this year, 2016, was rather quieter than last year and did not feel like it had the number of stands or models. I did go [more…]

TiN End Mill

April 16, 2016 Nigel 2

I needed some new end mills as I managed ot break an 8mm one last week – quite frankly I was being heavy handed and had not tightened up some of the traverses as well [more…]

Carbide Slitting Saw

April 5, 2016 Nigel 0

I bought this solid carbide slitting saw at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition in 2014 and have been using it for some time on various materials. At the weekend I decided to use this blade [more…]

kestag 1636 end mill

Maykestag End Mill

March 28, 2016 Nigel 0

I was at a car boot fair wandering around and came across a stall selling tools. In a small tray there were a few milling cutters and one of them was this distinctive cutter – [more…]