CNC coil winder A coil winder attachment for the lathe
CO2 laser cutter The setup, operation and modifications of a 40W Chinese laser cutter
Webcam crosshairs/alignment Using a cheap webcam to align things on the CNC router
Micro gas torch A small oxy-gas torch which uses hypodermic needles as tips
Pinchoff tool for copper tube Tool for sealing off small-diameter copper tubing, for example in vacuum devices
Spot welder A spot welder made from a microwave oven transformer
Degassing chamber Small degassing chamber made from a stainless-steel dog bowl
Cutting glass tubing on the lathe Cutting glass tubing by scratching and heating with a torch flame
Dual-spindle glass lathe A lathe with two synchronised spindles for glassblowing operations
Pulse arc welding using TIG How to use very brief pulses from a TIG torch to weld small wires and thin metal
Electrolytic etching and machining Very simple technique for etching metal parts, which can even be used for simple electrochemical machining.
Using solder glass Joining pieces of glass together using solder glass. Also using it to apply decoration.
Electric melting furnace A small electric furnace which can melt about 1kg of aluminium
Ultrasonic drilling Drilling small holes in hard materials using ultrasound
TIG footswitch and timer A footswitch for my TIG welder, which also does as a timer for doing short pulse welds
Manual orbital TIG welding Making circular joints with the TIG
Lathe DRO Adding a digital readout to my lathe
Aluminium anodising Home anodising for aluminium - deep black colour
Lathe quick change toolpost Adding a new quick change toolpost to my lathe
Machinable wax Making some machinable wax
Uses for disposable syringes Some uses for disposable syringes (flux, grease, oil, solder paste etc).
Propane melting furnace A propane burner upgrade to my little electric melting furnace for melting aluminium. Also example of sand-casting a part.
Single-arm water manometer For measuring small pressure differences
Storage drawer retainer Simple means of preventing over-filled storage drawers from jamming when pulling them out
Sandblasting glass Sandblasting glass through a laser-cut vinyl stencil to apply marks/decoration
DIY Diecutting Shows how to make a steel-rule die and use it for diecutting materials with a hydraulic press
Card creasing/folding punch Technique for creasing card so it folds nicely
Miniature rope knurling tool Lathe tool for doing decorative "rope style" knurls
Travelling lathe steady Ball-bearing travelling steady for my BV20M lathe
Sherline mill swarf guard Simple device to keep the ways on the mill clean
Gamepad controller for milling machine Using a cheap USB gamepad as a control pendant for a Sherline mill
Wire butt welder Butt welder for small wires, using a pulse from the TIG torch
Hydraulic press My 20 ton hydraulic press.
Punch and die set for washers For punching washers from thin metal sheet
LED ring light Turning a cheap USB-powered LED light into a ring light for the Sherline mill
Hunton bench punch The bench punch
CRT stem pin holder Simple jig to stop pins moving when fusing glass
Hot air pencil A scratch-built hot air rework pencil for soldering PCBs
Sherline spindle drawbar remover Quick tool to remove the collet drawbar on a Sherline spindle without whacking it
Turning between centers My very first attempt ever at turning something between centers on the lathe
Thin diamond saw Small spindle for a thin diamond lapidary saw blade
Electric hotplate A high-temperature hotplate for soldering etc.
Sharpening a tap An attempt at sharpening a tap on the lathe
Magnetic indicator arm Refurbishing a cheap Chinese quick-release indicator arm
Powder coating Simple arrangement to do powder coating
Vacuum hold downs A couple of vacuum hold down chucks for my CNC router
Sherline coolant tray Turning a loaf tin into a coolant tray for the Sherline mill
Test indicator contact tip bar Bar contact for the end of my test indicator - useful for turning eccentric work in the lathe
Nails as tommy bars Using some 4" nails as Sherline tommy bars
A better hotplate Adding a frame and cooling fan to my electric hotplate
Garage tour Quick tour around the garage!
Bench punch leverage measurement How much leverage does the bench punch actually give?
Imitation Mitutoyo test indicator Pretty poor quality, but good enough
Molybdenum disulfide laser marking Using dry lubricant spray to apply marks to metal and ceramic
PCB drilling Automatically drilling circuit boards on the CNC router
Laser-engraved panels Laser-engraved white plasticard + black enamel paint = simple, effective instrument panel
Nail clipper wire strippers Nail clippers make very effective (and cheap) wire strippers/cutters
IKEA lamp - modifications Turning an IKEA Jansjö LED lamp into a microscope lamp
Threaded retaining rings How to grip them when there aren't any screwdriver slots
Tool for holding DC jacks This lets you tighten the jack entirely from the outside
Miniature tube drill I made this to remove small broken wood screws and enable plugging of the resulting hole
Sherline chuck arbor Mounting a Sherline chuck on my big lathe
6mm broach A single-tooth broach cutter for producing an accurate hole in plastic
Telescoping bore gauge Making a simple bore gauge for approx. 14mm bores
Repairing a threaded hole in aluminium Correcting a poorly drilled hole in an aluminium part by plugging and re-drilling
Extending a lens tube Extending a metal lens tube which had been cut too short - gluing in a metal plug and re-machining to size
Tube swaging drawbench Making a quick-and-dirty drawbench for enlarging some stainless tubing
Measuring topslide angle How to accurately measure or set the topslide angle on the lathe
Eccentric turning with two chucks Using a 3-jaw chuck held in a 4-jaw chuck for eccentric turning
Bottoming tap modification Grinding the bottom off a bottoming tap to allow threading right to the bottom of holes
Split clamp for lathe Simple, strong clamp for holding cylindrical work accurately in the lathe
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