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 allows metals to be strongly joined together without the need for additional fastening. My welding is experience is mostly TIG but I also have tried MIG and gas welding.


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Titan Combi Drill

Titan Combi Drill

Those who follow on twitter will know that my cordless drill died mid-project. I believe the brushes wore out. As I was in the middle of building, I did not have the chance to strip it down and determine the

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First make of the year

First make of the year

The first make of the year was a bit of 3D printing. I am road testing a Bitscope Blade over on Element14 and wanted to mount my disk and power supply on a board. Design After failing to find anything

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CNC Plasma Cutting

CNC Plasma Cutting

A plasma cutter is a tool for cutting metal, it excels at cutting steel and bigger versions can cut through materials around 40mm thick. It is often used for sheet metal but can also be used for cutting pipes. When

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A handmade footstool

A handmade footstool

A few years ago my daughter inherited a “big bed” from her Great Aunt and we set it up in her room. Last year she told us that she did not like the big bars over the ends so as

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OpenSCAD two types of function

OpenSCAD two types of function

I’ve been experimenting with OpenSCAD for some time and was building some plates to attach some components together. For these I needed a rounded corner rectangle with some regularly spaced holes. I knew that you could create module functions that

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