My Projects Work In Progress

I try not to have too many projects on the go at once but often making one project requires me to make a different tool or fixture to complete the project.

3D Printer Case


Digital rotary table

A rotary table using a magnetic sensor to measure the angles

Knurling Tool

A clamp tool for the lathe to form knurls

Stirling Engine

A Stirling Engine based on the plans of Jan Ridders

Tool Maker's Clamps

A clamp with parallel jaws controlled by two screws, makes for a good learning project and is a very useful addition to any workshop.

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Spool storage

Spool storage

As mentioned in the last post, I’ve got some storage hooks from One Buy UK that I hope to use for mounting my filament spools in the new 3D printer case. I did a test run today to see if they

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3D Printer Case

3D Printer Case

Until now my 3D printer has been living in it’s box in the corner of the kitchen. Which means it can only be used when the kitchen is not in use, when the noise won’t disturb anyone and when there’s

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Upcycling Design Challenge

Upcycling Design Challenge

I’ve started on a new challenge with Element14. The idea is to take some old electronics and make something better from it. In my case I’ve an old RC car and a Furby. My project is to turn these into

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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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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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