dx1000-cyclone modification

Record Power DX1000 Cyclone

August 23, 2020 Nigel 0

I thought I would try and create a Record Power DX1000 Cyclone dust collector. This DX1000 dust collector has been in use in my workshop for a number of years and works very well, but [more…]

Genmitsu 3018-pro Case

Genmitsu 3018-Pro Case

August 7, 2020 Nigel 0

I needed a Genmitsu 3018-Pro case, something that would allow me to store it safely in my workshop and easily move it to the bench when it’s in use. This is my first adventure into [more…]

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CNC Cutting Bits

August 2, 2020 Nigel 0

I’ve been using milling machines for my hobby of model making for over 40 years, but CNC is new to me and CNC cutting bits are new. The primary first task for the CNC engraver [more…]

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Sain Smart T-nuts

July 22, 2020 Nigel 0

Just a quick share as the T-nuts and clamps that come with the Sain Smart 3018-Pro are ok and functional, but only just. First though, notice that I’ve turned the height adjusting bolt upside-down. My [more…]

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Updating a DTI Base

July 22, 2020 Nigel 2

In updating a DTI base, I bought a snug and I made a snug. A beautiful find at a car boot. I actually bought two snugs for a couple of pounds, then they just sat [more…]

Sain Smart CNC Router 3018-Pro

First Venture into CNC

July 20, 2020 Nigel 0

For my first venture into CNC I thought I would buy a Sain Smart Genmitsu Router 3018-Pro. This is the low end of CNC engravers and at the time mid-2020 was around £200. The reason [more…]

double threaded T-nuts

T-nuts

July 11, 2020 Nigel 0

T-nuts are as the title says, a nut with a “T” cross-section. This means they can be used in a T-slot for retaining and fixing parts. The T-nut fits in a T-slot and so has [more…]

lathe tool post

Lathe Tool Clamping

May 19, 2020 Nigel 0

The are a number of things to consider when clamping the lathe tool into the toolpost, lathe tool clamping: clean surfaces correct height clamping base overhang One of the first things to do when changing [more…]

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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…]