Category Archive: Workshop

Jan 09

Making a replacement lathe leadscrew nut


My milling machine has a #3 Morse Taper spindle. I’ve spent a few days making #3 Morse Taper arbors from steel, which I’ll use to make various tools for my mill. Unfortunately this took a toll on my lathe’s topslide screw nut. That little bronze coil spring is actually the threads from inside the nut. …

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Dec 30

Plastic recycling


From time to time I need a big lump of plastic to construct something in my workshop.  Suitable pieces are usually either difficult to find or expensive, so I’ve been looking for alternatives which preferably use material which would otherwise go to landfill. After watching this video about recycling HDPE (#2) plastic, I bought a …

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