Archive for March, 2016

Casting a flywheel – Melting metal

Casting a flywheel - Melting metal

Prepare furnace There’s not a lot of preparation to the furnace other than plugging in the fan and connecting the pipe to the side of the flowerpot furnace. However, one key piece of preparation is to ensure is the layout.

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How to get the best results with a bandsaw

How to get the best results with a bandsaw

Doing your own repairs, construction or crafting projects can involve a lot of tricky steps. But one that’s often handled in a relatively crude manner even by experienced handymen and DIY practitioners is sawing. Simply put, with a hand saw

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Casting a flywheel – Patterns in the sand

Casting a flywheel - Patterns in the sand

This year my main project is to build a small stirling engine, a project that’s been bubbling away since 2011. I decided to make a few customisations to Jan Ridders plans, one of these is to use a cast aluminium

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Chasing and Repoussé

Chasing and Repoussé

Earlier in the year, I mentioned that I had a new book and was experimenting with a new technique called repoussé. This had allowed me to create a primitive medal for the PSTOIC annual get together. Since then I’ve read

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Heating your workshop

Heating your workshop

It’s been quite cold so far this year so you might be finding it hard to get up the motivation to get into your workshop. Jenny has put together some tips for heating your workshop shed. Top 5 Tips for

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Benchtop Powersupply Kit

Benchtop Powersupply Kit

With the prize I gained from Proto-Pic, I purchased a Sparkfun Benchtop Powersupply kit. This allows you to hook up an ATX power supply and provides some terminal posts so you can use it on the bench for testing your

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Removing sealant

Sealant is not a material I like. It has great water repelling properties but it’s a pain to install. It’s also pretty annoying if you need to remove it. For the bathroom refit we wanted to re-use the door of

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