Archive for December, 2009

A smashing blog for the end of the year

A smashing blog for the end of the year

On a recent visit to the Workshopshed my nephew Duncan pointed at one of my hammers and asked what it was for. So I though I’d put together a quick article on different types of hammers. The hammer in question

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Destructo Iron Works

Destructo Iron Works

I’ve been following twitter for some months now and have met some interesting metal workers and welders on there. One of them Chris from Destructo Iron Works has spared the time for an interview. Workshopshed: Hi Chris, can you tell

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TIG Welding

TIG Welding (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) uses an electric current to generate an arc between the work and a tungsten electrode. A gas is used to shield the joint from oxidisation. Typically this is the

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Model Engineering Fair Pictures

Model Engineering Fair Pictures

Just returned from Sandown and here are pictures of the amazing models from the Model Engineering Fair. There was some excellent quality of work with my favourites being “My Little Lathe” and Cherry Hill’s impressive agricultural engine. There was also

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Collet Chuck

Collet Chuck

Previously when milling in the lathe I’ve just put the milling cutter in the jaws of the 3 jaw chuck. This is not idea as it may slip and could damage the chuck jaws if it does so. A better

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Grinding and tapping aluminium

Grinding and tapping aluminium

The latest progress on the flea was to add the eyes. I cast some large eyes from aluminium a few weeks back. The backs of these were a bit uneven so clamped them up in the workmate and ground them

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Rope Knurling

Rope Knurling

This week is my last welding class,so following that I can get back to my project of making a knurling tool. Here’s a piece to inspire all those making knurling tools, a lovely rope knurl from Jon Bower. This is

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