Centre Drill Profile

June 30, 2017 Nigel 0

A look at the Centre Drill Profile. I use centre drills all of the time, usually as a pilot drill in the lathe to give me a good starter for a larger drill. However, why [more…]

steam indicator diagram

Steam Indicator Diagram

June 23, 2017 Nigel 0

In the Steam Indicator Diagram the pressure in the cylinder is plotted versus the cylinder volume. This was developed by James Watt and John Southern to improve the efficiency of the steam engine. The work [more…]

plan view of the belt drive

Mini Mill Belt Drive

June 18, 2017 Nigel 14

This is all about making a mini mill belt drive for the gear driven mini milling machine. A great upgrade that will result in a quieter and smoother milling machine. These mini milling machines (eg [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 2

The spring head lift doesn’t work very well with the Mini Mill and so I did a Mini Mill gas strut conversion. The spring that lifts the head of the milling machine (Amadeal XJ12-300) has [more…]

Mini Mill Gearbox

June 11, 2017 Nigel 0

The Mini Mill gearbox or more accurately, repairing the Mini Mill gearbox after you break the plastic gears. This is the Real Bull XJ9512 milling machine or for this particular case the Amadeal XJ12-300. I’d [more…]

Amadeal XJ12-300 Milling Machine

June 10, 2017 Nigel 4

A review of the Amadeal XJ12-300 Milling Machine. I’ve been looking for a milling machine for some time and have been surfing the web. This can drive you insane as their are a number of [more…]

Warco Lathe Face Plate

June 10, 2017 Nigel 0

I have had this Warco WM240B lathe quite a lot of time and this was the first time I needed to use the face plate. I have to say that the faceplate that was sent [more…]