1 2 3 Blocks

Technically these are 10-20-40 and 20-40-80 Blocks and Arc Euro Trade calls them Stevenson’s Blocks, others call them 1 2 3 Blocks.


Great for jacking up workpieces, aligning workpieces on a milling table or using as a measuring aid.

Toughened and precision ground steel packing blocks with 8 TAPPED and 8 CLEARANCE holes allowing two or more blocks to be connected together in various configurations such as angle blocks, tee blocks, or used as a fixture to hold small parts for machining.

123blocksThe smaller pair are 10x20x40mm with 6mm tapped threads and clearance holes.

The larger pair are 20x40x80mm with 8mm tapped threads and clearance holes.

I checked the dimensions with a digital caliper between the large and small blocks and they are the same within the tolerance of the caliper (0.01mm).

One thing I have learned is that the surface does attract slight rusting more than the other tools in my workshop and so I would recommend wrapping them up in an oiled paper to keep them safer and sparkling for longer.

Price: approx £12 and £18 for these sets.123blocks-02

The photograph to the right shows me using the larger set of blocks to support the edge of a part that I was flycutting.

This is probably not the most obvious use for these blocks as any large block that had been machined square would have done the same job. Sometimes that is the point, you don’t have a large block of material machined square laying around, if you did you would have probably machined it into something else when desperate for material.

123blocks-03The image to the left shows the view from above.

The part being machined was bolted to an angle plate and the Stevenson blocks were held on the table using a clamping set. The clocks themselves had been held together with caphead bolts.



Accurate, nicely machined. A useful aid when setting items up on a table. Adding support to parts or just to lift something to the correct height.

Available at arceurotrade.co.uk

There are a number of different ways to hold or clamp a workpiece – see our page on workholding.

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I've been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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