Tool Height Setter

tool height setter

Alan (Woody’s Workshop) has designed and made a hall effect tool height setter. Just a brief overview here, head over to Alan’s page where there are more details along with a PDF download that gives circuit design and full mechanical details – Hall Effect Based Tool Height Setter for use with PathPilot. This homemade sensor works … Read more

Bolt Base

bolt base flyer

Sometimes I’m just surprised and delighted by great customer service, this time it was Bolt Base and I just had to post a quick note. I ordered bolts from yesterday afternoon and they arrived this morning. Their prices are very competitive and initial inspection says the parts are good. BoltBase is a family run … Read more

Machine DRO Giveaway

machine DRO giveaway

OK, this machine DRO giveaway has an expiry date of 1st March 2021 – this competition has ended. Also, you need to go onto Instagram and search for machine_dro, then look for their giveaway post. Then their are some easy steps: MASSIVE £400+ MITUTOYO GIVEAWAY – Win an exclusive Mitutoyo bundle worth over £400!!! 🤩 … Read more

2020 a Year of Projects

2020 projects

2020 a Year of Projects, tool reviews, repairs and upgrades all in this overview posting, plus a happy new year to all from I want to look forward to projects and ideas for 2021, but firstly I thought it was worth just looking at what has been achieved in 2020, perhaps one of the … Read more

Model Making Blog

model making blog is a model making blog that has been online since 1998. 22 years of writing articles, assembling data and sharing information with people from across the world. We started with simple hand coded html pages, these were very simple pages with the simplest of code. The images were compressed and this was all designed … Read more

Trustee from the Toolroom

Trustee from the Toolroom

“Trustee from the Toolroom” by Nevil Shute was first published in 1960. Keith Stewart is an ordinary man. However, one day he is called upon to undertake an extraordinary task. When his sister’s boat is wrecked in the Pacific, he becomes trustee for his little niece. In order to save her from destitution he has … Read more

Finishing Touches

engine crankcase, crank and cylinder

Coronavirus has given me time to think and my thoughts have been around the models that are half built and what it means to complete and get to the finishing touches. Firstly though, how do we get to the point that a model is not or cannot be finished? Moving house Not enough hours to … Read more

CAD Software

freecad screenshot

For some time I’ve been thinking about moving away from the drawing board and using CAD. OK, it’s 2019 and there have been a lot of perfectly good CAD packages out there for a number of years, the problem is I’ve been nervous of the amount of hours I need to put into learning how … Read more

Midlands Engineering Show 2018

model engine

Another year and a visit to the Midlands Model Engineering show 2018 on the Fosse Way just outside Leamington Spa. I thought it might be nice to share some images of models and link to some of the trade stands that I visited. The first model engine that caught my eye was this 4″ Burrell … Read more

Prize for The Best April 2018 Article

A really small digital caliper will be the prize for the best article that is submitted and used on in April 2018. This is a brand new 3″ digital caliper, in a case with a spare battery – I will post to the winner anywhere in the world. Submissions: can be on any model … Read more