Methods, processes or procedures


Printing using a 3D printer


Forging and other techniques used in blacksmithing


Casting of aluminium in the flowerpot furnace





Assembling metals using welding or fastenings


Heat Treatment




Milling is machining things using a rotating tool. Typically this is done using a milling machine but with a bit of ingenuity it also be done in the lathe.



Cutting a circular groove or hole leaving the centre material in place or forming a separate disk. A more efficient technique that boring or drilling in that it removes less material



Welding HistoryRTech Welding
When I was an apprentice at Dowty we were sent to Stroud College to learn some specialist skills and complete an electronics project. We decided to build a tracking solar panel that followed the sun. For this we needed a framework to support our mocked up panel. So I temporarily joined the metal work class and watched the demonstration of lots of different types of welding. I also learnt how to braze using Oxy-Acetylene. I practiced this on the framework for the tracker.

More recently I attended an evening class at Chelsea College of Art and Design where I built a giant flea sculpture using MIG welding.

After doing some research I bought a small DC TIG welder from R-Tech Welding who I also use for welding supplies. The reason for picking this is that it’s has less sparks so is safer for my small workshop and can be used on a wide variety of sizes of steel. I did not need to use the welder in a lot of different places so transporting the argon tank is not an issue. I have used this welder for variety welding projects in my workshop shed which you can see listed below. If you use MIG or TIG then I can definitely recommend getting a large refillable gas canister (in my case argon) as the small disposable canisters will run out quickly and it will become expensive very quickly. I found that even for a quick project such as my Obelisks that required multiple canisters.


Work Holding


What can 3D printers do for you?

What can 3D printers do for you?

One question I get asked frequently is what would you want a 3D printer for? I’ve used mine for making a repairing lots of different things such as the Magnifier Lamp and Shower screen Quill have also been looking at

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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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Cel Robox Head Teardown

Cel Robox Head Teardown

Earlier in the year I managed to destroy the head of the Cel Robox. After saving up for a replacement I though I’d have a look inside the old one to see how bad things were and to get an

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Under stairs storage trolley

Under stairs storage trolley

Workshopshed: Russ is a friend of mine from since college, we spent many hours at the student TV studio and then later worked together installing software around the globe. Last month, I got together with Russ and another friend Richard

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OpenSCAD and DXF import

OpenSCAD and DXF import

I was thinking about making a base for the Furby driver in my Upcycle It design challenge. To model the base, I took the existing base and drew around it. I then scanned the image and imported it into Inkscape.

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