Archive for July, 2009

James Watt’s Workshop

James Watt's Workshop

The Science and Society Picture library has some excellent pictures of Steam Engineer James Watt’s Workshop and the Science Museum’s reproduction of it. The Heathfield House workshop was photographed by J Willoughby Harrison in December 1924 before it was moved

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Gates Report

Gates Report

As mentioned a few weeks back, one of the projects I’ve been working on this year is some salvaged iron gates (from next door). We’ve spend many of the weekends this year stripping off the paint and repainted the gates

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Model Engineer Exhibition 2009 – Sandown

Model Engineer Exhibition 2009 - Sandown

Press Release The Model Engineer Exhibition will be returning to Sandown Park Exhibition Centre at the Sandown Park Race Course. Friday 11th December – Sunday 13th December 2009 Exhibits and Attractions World class Model Engineer Competition SMEE Lectures Wide range

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Mikes Gear Cutting

Mikes Gear Cutting

I’ve been following Mike’s Models blog for some time now and Mike’s helped me out with silver soldering questions in the past. One of his current projects is to make some pinion wheels for a kids toy. There are various

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Old machinery

Old machinery

The Wellcome Trust library has a great historical archive of zoological, medical and scientific material. Amongst their plague fleas and elephants are a collection of images of lathes, chucks and tooling by the likes of Edward Speer, T. Griffiths, Joseph

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Flying cutting blobs

Flying cutting blobs

Earlier in the year, I bought some fly cutters at a model engineering exhibition. The intention was to tidy up some of the castings I’d made last year. The first issue was how to hold an irregular shaped piece whilst

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Stepperhead

Stepperhead

The stepperhead is a sophisticated multi-mode machine made by Alan Jackson. In other words, it’s both a lathe and a milling machine but it can also perform some functions not available on either. The video below shows one of these

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Setting up a workshop shed

Setting up a workshop shed

Over the last couple of years, I’ve written a few articles on how to setup your garden shed as a workshop. Here’s a summary of all the topics you might need to think about when designing your workshop. Storage and

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