Category Archives: Metalworking

An amateur metalworker’s musings

LED Ring Lights – Cheap, Excellent Lighting for a Mill or Drill Press

I recently discovered automotive 12 volt DC LED ring lights, and not only are they really inexpensive, they solve the lighting issues these old eyes were having when using one of the milling machines or the drill press. He may … Continue reading

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A Terrific Rust Removal Method – Electrolysis!

We’ve been cleaning out the barn and hauling old wringer washer “skeletons” and the other accumulated tons of miscellaneous scrap metal to our local junkyard this week. On our first trip there, I noticed this old, rust-caked hammer head lying … Continue reading

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A Home-Made Adapter for Timing a Two Cycle Engine

I recently installed a new set of points in my ancient 1972 Yamaha 175cc dirt bike (many parts are still available, which is amazing!), and that requires setting the ignition timing. Years ago, I had a micrometer-type tool that screwed … Continue reading

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A Handy Metal Cutting Saw for the Small Shop

Here’s a cool idea, from Jim Hornicek in the Sept/Oct issue of Home Shop Machinist Magazine. If your shop is a small one like mine, this one’s a keeper!  It’d be great to have a full-sized metal cutting band saw, … Continue reading

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Update: Mounting a Dremel Tool – to Your Metal Lathe

A while back we talked about a simple little tool you can make to hold your Dremel in a standard bench vise, and I use those nearly every day here in the shop. I leave them attached to my Dremels, … Continue reading

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A Simple Way to Make Your Dremel Moto-Tool Hands-Free

Sorry it’s been a while, folks! Summer’s a pretty crazy time around the old place. A Dremel moto-tool is one of the handiest tools ever devised for small work. I’ve used one most of my life, and of the three I keep … Continue reading

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An Easier Way to Mask off Rims & Tires for Painting

Happy Independence Day! ‘Recently bought a little old ‘beater’ 4×4 pickup truck (loved the one easy payment!), and its once shiny and bright aluminum rims are in really sad shape. Their clear coat has deteriorated completely, and what’s left of it’s as flaky as Madame Pelosi.  … Continue reading

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