Archive for November, 2008

Loosing your tools

Loosing your tools

Even those with the tidiest of workshops sometimes misplace or loose their tools. You are distracted by something else or forget to put it away and when you come back you just can’t find it. You can of course mitigate

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Bicycle Repairshop

Bicycle Repairshop

Quite rightly, the Monty Python team saw the bicycle repairman as a hero. One such hero works under the railway bridge by Embankment tube in Action Bikes with this wonderful workshop. One of the things I like about bicycle repairing

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Dave Denker’s Metalworking

Dave Denker's Metalworking

Retired sheetmetal fabricator David Denker from Minnesota got into machining in 2003 when he bought a mini-lathe. He also decided to build a mini milling machine from spare parts and custom made components. Since then he’s been thinking up improvements

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Welding Projects

Welding Projects

One of my work colleagues mentioned that he had a “arc welder” that he’d bought because he’d like to be able to weld. Perhaps he’d been watching flashdance that week or perhaps he’d had more charitable thoughts on his mind?

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Chemical Safety in the Workshop

Chemical Safety in the Workshop

I was discussing the issue of storing dangerous chemicals in the workshop the other week with a work colleague and he took the attitude that as soon as his kids could walk he took everything out of the garden shed

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World’s first Stirling hybrid electric car

World's first Stirling hybrid electric car

Deka Research have build a small prototype hybrid electric / stirling engine car based on the chassis of an old Ford Think. The advange of the “external combustion engine” is that it can be powered from many different fuels without

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Miniature Engineering

Miniature Engineering

In the process of looking for information about making my flea circus chariot I’ve tracked down a few other people who like to make small things. Charlotte and Martin Willmott made the papers recently with their models of tiny kitchen

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Hidden Doors

Hidden Doors

On the TV yesterday was the Home Show and they had a short clip where their expert walked through a wall that was disguised as a bookcase. This is of course something I’ve always wanted to have in my house

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