machining the poppet valve case

My Top 10 Milling Cutters

March 17, 2021 Nigel 0

I know this will change as it has in the past, but as of now this is My Top 10 Milling Cutters. Well, let’s get this correct, I only machine as a hobby and so [more…]

threaded rivet and nut

Turn Rivets into Bolts

March 2, 2021 Nigel 0

How hard can it be to turn rivets into bolts? The reason I need to do this is I want the bulkhead in the tender of the Burrell traction engine to be removable. At least [more…]

flywheel in warco lathe machining chamfer

Lathe Chuck Spacers

February 19, 2021 Nigel 1

How many times do you use lathe chuck spacers? How do you keep all of the spacers in place whilst aligning the workpiece in the chuck? I had this problem recently with a small flywheel [more…]

Seekone Heat Gun and Accessories

Seekone Heat Gun Review

February 16, 2021 Nigel 0

Initial Seekone heat gun review looking at what comes in the package, specification and initial switch on and testing. My Black & Decker hot air gun finally gave up after 27 years. Over that time [more…]

Moore & Wright Micrometer

Do I need a Digital Micrometer?

February 14, 2021 Nigel 2

I’ve been thinking about my machining accuracy and asking myself the question: “Do I need a Digital Micrometer?”. So I thought I would discuss it here and see whether I can logically work it through. [more…]

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Fry’s Fluxite Flux Paste

February 7, 2021 Nigel 0

I acquired a very old tin of Fry’s Fluxite flux paste, it must be around 40 years old. Well beyond the 5 year shelf life recommended by the manufacturers. However, I used it and it [more…]

soldering with a hot air gun

Soldering with Hot Air

January 30, 2021 Nigel 0

A friend mentioned soldering with hot air to me and that this is quite normal in the electronics industry. Must admit that I had not thought of it before. The hornplates and tub for my [more…]