Workshop Relocation & Milling Machine Repair Wednesday, Apr 6 2011 

Not much work was done on my watch or movement in early 2010, as I was relocating my workshop from the garage to a spare room in the house, which meant changing the floor from carpet to a floating wooden floor (I’ve tried a carpeted workshop before, not much fun when something goes “sproing”) then moving all of my tools, benches etc..

Original Workshop, Out in the shed

The main reason for this move was that during the previous year, I had noticed an increasing amount of condensation and moisture in the garage, this was especially noticeable on the steel tools I had siting on my bench/shelves etc. Cleaning the rust and other damage to the tools affected left me more annoyed than inspired to do more than a few basic tasks on watches for most of the early part of 2010, and then winter came.

New workshop

The most important tool I have at the moment for the manufacture of many of the pieces I need to make is my small CNC milling machine, in the winter of 2010 I was checking the state of our garage, and noticed a puddle had formed on the workbench next to my milling machine, and then I noticed that the motor and spindle of the milling machine also appeared damp, knowing enough about electrical safety not to do too many stupid things, I unplugged the mill and inspected the electronic speed control, which proceeded to pour out some nice brownish water! Not what I wanted to find.

After some verification with the manufacturer, and a small insurance claim, by late 2010 I relocated the mill (along with anything else that I had left behind previously) to my already cramped workroom,

Fully Loaded Workshop 1

Fully Loaded Workshop 2

 

Not much room spare, but I can do pretty much everything I need to so far.. Not sure if I can fit a Schaublin 70 in here though (Not that it is likely I’ll need to try in the immediate future)

Anything I deemed that was really too messy for the workshop was left in the garage (though out of spots where it would get wet) or on the kitchen table, things like enamelling tools or substances.

Through the Looking Glass… errr Microscope… Sunday, Apr 3 2011 

Whoops, long time since an update, and a lot has happened in the last 14 months, so this will be broken up in to multiple posts for everyones (including mine) sanity.

Microscope

Microscope

Microscope

I succeeded in procuring my toolmakers microscope, with it arriving shortly before Christmas 2009, the only issues I have with it after a number of uses, are that it measures in imperial increments, so conversion to metric is needed, and due to the number of measurements needed, the opportunity for errors is increased, also it has only the one set of optics, and the magnification is possibly a little excessive.

View of a Jewel through the Microscope

The scale in the picture is one graduation equals approximately 1/100 of a mm