Glass Alcohol Burner

April 30, 2016 Nigel 0

I’ve had this glass methylated spirits burner for around 10 years and I use it regularly when I need to heat a larger than normal part for soldering. The body and top is made from [more…]

Precision Tool Vice

April 24, 2016 Nigel 0

I have a heavy duty 3″ wide Soba machine vice, great for general use. However, I often want a small precise vice to hold some of the smaller parts that I make. After much searching [more…]

V Blocks

April 24, 2016 Nigel 0

Using a V-block to clamp the piston of my rotary engine to drill the gudgeon pin hole. As there were 5 pistons (5 Cylinder Rotary Engine) to drill exactly the same I set up the V-block [more…]

Soba Vice

April 23, 2016 Nigel 0

I was at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition and looking for a heavy vice for my milling machine (Amadeal XJ12-300). There are a lot of cheap vices around and you can find them starting at [more…]

Wavy Parallels

April 23, 2016 Nigel 0

A box of 9 pairs of wavy parallels. Select a pair of parallels of the correct height, place in the vice. These are not placed correctly – best to arrange them as a mirrored pair [more…]

Proxxon Cut off/mitre saw KGS 80

April 17, 2016 Nigel 0

Specification 220 – 240V  200W  50/60 Hz 4,000 rpm Base with round table of highly stable, die-cast alu, with CNC milled fittings and slides. Table size 230 x 230mm. Weight 6kg. Consult the table for [more…]

TiN End Mill

April 16, 2016 Nigel 0

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…]

Unimat 3 Pillar Drill

April 10, 2016 Nigel 1

I really want a small pillar drill that is available for use on a regular basis. I have a Unimat 3 lathe/mill, but whenever I want to use it as a drill it is normally [more…]

Guide Bearing Failure on BS250

April 9, 2016 Nigel 0

I went to change the blade on my Record BS250 bandsaw and the lower set of bearings were locked solid, you could just about feel movement if you rocked them back and forth. I removed the metal shields [more…]