Category Archives: Machinery

Thoughts on order

[A combination of health problems and bereavement have conspired against me getting any time in the workshop (or even at car boot sales! 😦 ) but here’s a post I’ve been writing for a while] I suspect I’m not alone … Continue reading

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Fixing my hand pillar drill – Part 2

Following on from Part 1. I needed three small compression springs to replace the missing ones from the chuck. The holes in the chuck jaws are just over 4mm in diameter, but I wasn’t sure how long or springy the … Continue reading

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Fixing my hand pillar drill – Part 1

I bought a hand powered pillar drill at a car boot sale for £4 earlier today. The chuck was stuck fully closed and I couldn’t figure out how (or indeed if) the advance mechanism worked, but I figured it would … Continue reading

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Car booty – 05/05/2013

Today we were planning to go to the Sayers Common car boot sale, which doesn’t open for buyers until 10am. By some miraculous accident we were ready to go long before that, so we decided that rather than killing an … Continue reading

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Tuning the Charnwood W730 – Part 4

Following on from Part 3 I noticed that although my modification to the blade guard has made it possible to adjust the blade guides so they sit much further forward, I’m unable to retract it fully for the full 9 … Continue reading

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Tuning the Charnwood W730 – Part 3

After some tweaks last month I’ve been quite happy with how the W730 performs, but one thing that still annoys me is how loose the mitre gauge is in the T-slots. There’s probably less than 1mm gap between the thinner … Continue reading

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Tuning the Charnwood W730 – Part 2

I made a start on this yesterday and gained an understand of how the two blade guides work. Yesterday It seemed like both the blade guides had to be mounted at an angle in order to ensure both side bearings … Continue reading

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