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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…]

Soba 3 jaw lathe chuck

Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck

April 19, 2020 Nigel 0

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…]

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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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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…]

3 Jaw Chuck Runout

April 12, 2020 Nigel 0

I’m getting significant 3 jaw chuck runout on my Warco 240B lathe. Although ok at first I’m now finding the chuck as delivered with the lathe is rubbish. As delivered the Warco 240B lathe and [more…]

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Cutting Brass on a Bandsaw

February 28, 2020 Nigel 0

Cutting brass on a bandsaw can be difficult and so I devised this simple modification to overcome two of the main issues. My solution was to fit an MDF board on top of the cast [more…]

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Nebo Lil Larry Worklight

November 30, 2019 Nigel 0

The featured image is rather a dramatic staging of the Nebo Lil Larry worklight fixed with the magnet to the Warco Lathe. A simple button on the top of the pen-like light allows you to [more…]

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Emco Unimat Motor Failure

November 10, 2019 Nigel 0

The Emco Unimat motor failure for the second time, this one was slightly different in that I switched the motor on and the house earth leak detector tripped. The first time the motor failed it [more…]