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.

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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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Knurling Tool Work in Progress

Knurling Tool Work in Progress

Some pics of the knurling tool in various stages of being built. The next steps are to saw the other two slots and then machine or file the slots square. I think that I should be able to mill the

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Countersinking

Countersinking

For the knurling tool I’m making I decided to attach a couple of the parts together with some countersunk screws. This raised the question of how do I ensure I’ve drilled it the right size? Conveniently in the UK the

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Machining square things in a lathe

Machining square things in a lathe

This week I decided to start some work on a caliper knurling tool, based around the ideas in the Workshop Practice book, Making Small Workshop Tools. After sketching some plans, the first thing I needed to do was saw up

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