door hinge on stainless steel jig

Cooksongold Silver Solder Paste

January 16, 2021 Nigel 0

Whilst making some of the parts for the miniature traction engine I wanted a much finer silver soldered joint and so I bought some Cooksongold Silver Solder Paste to try. The silver solder is available [more…]

Angel Eyes on Sieg SX2.7

Sieg SX2.7 Angel Eyes

January 14, 2021 Nigel 0

Sieg SX2.7 Angel Eyes is all about giving this machine a light source that wraps around the tool and fully illuminates the workpiece. I’ve been using the Sieg SX2.7 for some time on a range [more…]

angel eyes being driven at 12V

Angel Eyes in the Workshop

January 14, 2021 Nigel 0

Angel Eyes in the Workshop is a strange name, but these are the circular lights that you see most commonly on a BMW during the daytime. The reason for me buying them is to create [more…]

spindle and motor arrangement

Engraver Spindle Sketch to Parts

November 14, 2020 Nigel 0

Working from an Engraver Spindle Sketch to Parts can be daunting. However, I very rarely work with more than a few sketches and key critical dimensions. This is all about improving the spindle of the [more…]

linear brass bearings fitted to Genmitsu z-axis

Linear Bearings

November 12, 2020 Nigel 2

I think this post should actually be titled “cheap linear bearings” as I don’t think all are equal. However, the bearings found in low end CNC machines are effectively parts from the inkjet printer industry. [more…]

marking workpiece and jaw in 3 jaw chuck

Reducing Runout of a 3 Jaw

November 7, 2020 Nigel 0

There are a few ways of Reducing Runout of a 3 jaw chuck. One way is to fit a better quality 3 jaw chuck that fundamentally has less runout. This was what I did when [more…]

sketch for a cnc spindle

CNC Spindle Idea

November 6, 2020 Nigel 0

I have a CNC spindle idea, a simple modification to the direct drive 500 series motor. To be precise this is a spindle for the Sainsmart Genmitsu Pro-3018. The spindle will then be belt driven [more…]

genmitsu cnc in case

Sainsmart Genmitsu Z-axis

November 2, 2020 Nigel 0

I bought this small CNC machine to engrave the smokebox door on my miniature traction engine, but the Sainsmart Genmitsu Z-axis accuracy is poor. Poor in a number of ways, but primarily down to the [more…]