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

Saw Book


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.

Articles

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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Knurling tool slots

Knurling tool slots

I’ve finally finished machining the slots in the end of the knurling tool arms. It’s been a slow process as each pass of the milling cutter only took of 0.5mm and I had to machine both sides of the slots

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Knurling tool – Slot cutting

Knurling tool - Slot cutting

The next step that was taken on the knurling tool arms was to tidy up the slots in the ends. This was done with a 5mm end mill mounted in the lathe chuck. Ideally this would be mounted in a

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