Foundational Technology

April 26, 2020 Nigel 2

I saw this article in New Scientist this week and I thought “Foundational Technology” is an interesting idea to think about. A piece of 50,000-year-old string found in a cave in France is the oldest [more…]

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Diamond Plates for Sharpening

April 25, 2020 Nigel 0

Diamond plates for sharpening tools, putting a final edge on a knife or lapping a surface to ensure flatness. You get diamond pads with a plastic backing and a grid of holes or the diamond [more…]

1960s Ford Differential

Vehicle Differential

April 25, 2020 Nigel 0

Geared device between the driven wheels to allow varying rotational speeds of the wheels around corners. We see differentials in everything from the Chinese cart that has an arrow that always points south, in steam [more…]

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Battery Pack Design

April 25, 2020 Nigel 0

A battery pack design could be for a single or group of cells arranged in series and parallel, depending on application this may include: thermal control, electrical switching and management system. In it’s simplest for [more…]

Soba 3 jaw lathe chuck

Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck

April 19, 2020 Nigel 1

After living with the runout on my Warco WM240B 3-Jaw for some time I decided to replace the chuck with a 125mm Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck. The replacement of the chuck was a fairly easy [more…]

Warco HV4 rotary table

Rotary Tables

April 19, 2020 Nigel 0

Very soon after buying a milling machine I can guarantee you will be looking at rotary tables. A rotary table feels like a must have. Use it to machine: arcs flats on bolt heads and [more…]

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Model Engine Kits and Plans

April 18, 2020 Nigel 0

How often do you browse the internet looking for model engine kits and plans, sadly too many hours. There are a number of model engine kits and plans available and I thought I would try [more…]

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Cast Iron Dust

April 18, 2020 Nigel 0

Sometimes when I machine cast iron the next day I have an upset stomach, this made me wonder whether cast iron dust is a health issue and I should be wearing a mask. Machining Cast [more…]

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Old Adhesive Sanding Discs

April 17, 2020 Nigel 0

Old adhesive can lose it’s stickiness and so it’s ability to hold on a sanding disc, this is a quick way to revive those old adhesive sanding discs and make them workable again. I ordered [more…]

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What Size Should a Book Nook be?

April 17, 2020 Nigel 0

Someone pointed out the book nooks that are all over instagram and they sparked my imagination, this got me thinking I needed to make one and then got me wondering what size should a book [more…]