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.

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.

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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A little venture in to electronics – Mechanical prototyping

A little venture in to electronics - Mechanical prototyping

Following the connection of the mouse and LCD to the arduino, I needed to have something physical to do further testing on. I wanted a design that would require the minimum of machining and would fit with my existing angle

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Non-circular holes

Non-circular holes

Over the weekend, I tried to drill the half crescent shaped holes in the arms of my knurling tool. The original idea had to be to have an 8mm hole but when I held it up against the metal it

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