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23
Sep

Byrnes Disc Sander

Because of space restrictions, I really have to keep my machines portable (other than the lathe and milling machine) which generally means small. Read more »

23
Sep

Vulcan Beam Engine 4 – The Beam Assembly

What I am going to look at today is the Beam, Trunnion and Trunnion Bearings, and how I made and set these up. Also I will discuss some modifications I have made from the drawings and why. Read more »

20
Sep

Fitting a Quick Change Tool-post to the Toolco GV1022

Initially this job looks quite daunting especially when I first removed the tool-post.  The two main issues you are first faced with are the boss which is part of the top slide casting, and getting the threaded bolt out which means removing the top slide completely. Read more »

19
Sep

Vulcan Beam Engine 3 – The Flywheel

As much as I would love to describe the definitive way of setting up and machining the Flywheel, I can’t!  This is a case of luck rather than skill, but it worked for me. Read more »

19
Sep

Stuart 10V

There’s not a lot can be said about the ubiquitous Stuart 10V.  How many modellers have cut their teeth on this little beauty? Read more »

19
Sep

Vulcan Beam Engine – 2

In this post I’ll talk a little more about the castings, their preparation and assembly.  Unfortunately I did the work before I decided to start this blog, so I don’t have any images of the raw castings to show you. Read more »

17
Sep

Toolco VM-30V Milling Machine

I don’t think theres a lot of difference with small milling machines on the market, the truth is you either choose one which is fit for purpose or one that has limitations as to what you can do with it. Read more »

17
Sep

Toolco 1022GV Lathe

Buying a lathe can be a minefield.  Apart from cost, the main consideration is size. Depending on how much available space you have, I would look at the biggest (within reason) your workshop can accommodate. Read more »

17
Sep

My Workshop

Unfortunately I don’t own a shed or a garage for that matter, so where I could put a workshop was a problem.  Fortunately we did have a spare room which was just collecting junk and clutter and hadn’t been used as a bedroom for quite sometime. Read more

14
Sep

Where do I start?

This is, as I am sure you will soon realise, is my first attempt at blogging.  So, what do I want out of it and, more importantly, what will you, the reader, get out of it? Read more