Cor-ten Steel

Cor-ten Steel

Most people working with steel go to great lengths to make sure that it does not rust. However “Weathering Steel” or Cor-Ten® Steel as it’s most commonly known is actually designed to rust. The sheets rust following installation and generate

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Pins and Needles

Pins and Needles

I was casually picking a splinter out of my finger the other day and remembered some advice that my mother had given me. “Always use a needle to remove splinters, never a pin as that can cause infection”. I decided

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Welding project

Welding project

Back in February I drew up a metal frame in CAD, that I promised to fabricate for a friends shed. I cut up the metal last month and the other weekend tack welded it together. I also got to try

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Sheffield Steel

Sheffield Steel

A quick conversation on twitter got me wondering about Sheffield Steel @Workshopshed The use of antique and vintage tools is a form of recycling- That and the steel is so much better at keeping a sharp edge. via @Gallopers Gallopers

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A Little TIG project

A Little TIG project

After a few attempts welding scraps together my disposable gas ran out very quickly. I found some replacements in Halfords but the first one of those also ran out very quickly. The lads on the MIG Welding forum put me

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Welded Flea Sculpture

Welded Flea Sculpture

The welded flea sculpture made as part of my Artist Welding course at Chelsea is now finished. The slate base has been drilled and filled with epoxy and the mounting plates screwed down to it. The backlegs were also tied

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Rusty old art?

Rusty old art?

Most shed based engineers spent a lot of effort avoiding getting their work and tools rusty. Artist Tom Deko has however, actively sought rust to give colour and life to his recycled metal sculptures. These can been seen until 17th

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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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