New metal lathe

Have had my eyes on metal lathes for quite a while now. In the end, I couldn’t resist a good deal on a used Blomqvist 4.5″ lathe. As all of its cousins, it is yet another South Bend copy. After spending quite a few hours on cleaning it, I just took it on a test run.

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Terco CNC Mill Demo

Last year I bought a used CNC milling machine. The machine is a CNC45 manufactured by the Swedish company Terco in the middle of the eighties. The machine was intended to be used at schools to teach students how to operate CNC machines.

The previous owner had scrapped the original electronics and done a quick, but fully functional, conversion to run it off an ordinary PC. I have since it got into my hands, spent some time improving the conversion. Still a lot of things remain but I can now at least use it to do some milling to practice CAD and CAM.

The rigidity of the machine should allow milling of at least aluminum. Steel should also be possible but there are a few things speaking against it. I have so far stuck to aluminum, plastics and wood(!).

I’m pretty sure there will be more opportunities to write about my milling adventures. Until then, enjoy some milling in this video.

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DIY Table Saw Blade Guard

Blade guard side viewLong time no see! This time I have added an article about my DIY table saw blade guard. You find it here.

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More on the Micro Workshop

Folding cutting tableMattias has completed the second part of his article series about his tiny workshop. This article describes a clever folding cutting table.

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T&T for Festool FS-AW

Added a quick fix for the Festool FS-AW hose and cable deflector for the guide rail. You find it here!

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Article on Upgrading a Hammer N4400 Bandsaw

WOW! Our contributor Mattias Puide has just published a new article on how to upgrade the tension spring on the Hammer N4400 bandsaw. Read it here!

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More Tips & Tricks

Screw mounted in drill press chuckThe Tips & Tricks section is growing. Make sure to check it out every once in a while so you don’t miss anything!

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First Tips & Tricks

Magnetic sheet piece loweredWho knows, one day there may be hundreds of good ideas in the Tips & Tricks section. Have a look for your self!

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New article published

Final base front viewToday a new article on how to Improve Dust Collection on Bosch Contractor’s Saw was added to the article archive!

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First article published

Yesterday our contributor Mattias published the first part of his article The Micro Workshop.

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