Made from three panes of glass and a few brass rings measuring 1 and a quarter inches in diameter, the hinge at the top is made from a glass tube and a stainless wire pin, the whole unit is siliconed together and held with masking tape until the glue sets.
It also has an inner glass feed tray which comes up to the top of the lower rings to prevent Mr Squirrel from reaching inside, it is 100% secure from the tree rodents.

Cover Picture, the allotment in spring.

In this video is my homemade vaccum chamber to complete my loss wax equipment for casting my own silver and other metals, made from a single square of 10.00mm thick aluminium plate, four 4 inch by 3/4 diameter aluminium legs held with 6.00mm stainless countersunk allen screws, the dome is from ARBE USA who make such equipment, a 4.00mm thick silicone rubber gasket seal, a standard vaccum gage , a three way tap, a right angle pipe fitting , tube ans vaccum pump, another huge saving from the much more expensive retail world but eaqually as good.

In this video I shown the latest additions to my original cresting rig setup, set for testing the spine or flexi ratio of any arrow, in this mode it can also be used to find the best position for setting the cock feather so that every arrow is built with the same attributes as all the rest.

The test is done using the AMO protocols, the roller supports are set at 26 inches apart, the arrow being tested has a 500 spine rating, meaning that the maximum the arrow should flex under weight should be around .500 or half an inch under a 2 pound weight.

There is another protocol called the Easton spine ratio which uses a slightly lighter 1.9 pound weight and a 28 inch spacing, but here I have used to industry standard version which is governed by the AMO, or Archery Manufacturers Organization.

This rig works really well and will enhance my skills at a later date, well hopefully.

An new idea of a hands free fret saw, bench mounted and driven by a foot pedal is this jewellers saw for keeping both hands free to manipulate the work piece, it mounts to the bench via a small dovetail block.

In this video I would like to show off my latest project, after looking through my bits box I gathered the materials to make my version of an archery fletching jig, It is based on one of the old Arten jigs I had many years ago with a couple of fine tuning attributes for different fletches and arrows.
Most jigs are a fixed entity and cater for a single type and size of arrow, the one I made can be adjusted to suit all shaft diameters so that the shaft is perfectly straight, I explain how this is done in the footage, I have adapted it to take Left and right twist clamps as well as straight, it is a tad over engineered for a reason so it will be able to take the rough and tumble of multiple users at the club and can be quickly adjusted if it ever goes out of line.

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In this video I show the additions to the cresting jig made previously.

Made from off the shelf parts, which consists a 1 meter length of 20 by 40mm V Slot rail, several brackets made from 2 by 2 inch aluminium angle, a Parvalux 24 volt geared motor drive which can be adjusted for speed using a standard tranformer or desktop power supply.
The drive chuck is made from a 2 inch by 3/4 dia acetal rubber that has a gradual taper drilled in the middle from 8.5 to 5 mm ratio, the rubber chuck also has a 1 inch ferrule fitted tightly at one end to give support when it is simply pushed over the motor output shaft.

After a absence of a few years I have re-ignited my hobby and interest of traditional archery with a local archery club for some recreation, here is my homemade archery fletching jig, so I can now assemble and make my own arrows yet another vital saving, I have made my own Warbow-Longbows in the past as well as bows for our two boys when they were younger and will make them again soon. here is how I made it.

How I made my window boxes from recycled timber, a simple setup made from an old set of pine drawers, cover picture is an engravers air powered handpiece.

In this video I show how to turn tool steel using a graver in my homemade woodturning lathe, this is a very old technique normally carried out on a treadle lathe using a squared off and sharpened HSS cutter, it is a slow process but one still gets the desired results without a metalwor lathe, commentary begins about half way through. I aso show how to harden tool steel for a glass hardness and super strong cutting edge for working on silver.

This is the first induction heater I made some time ago, the changes to it are,

Mk 2 now has 6 full turns on the water cooled copper coil, instead of 9.
The coil on Mk 2 is now 1/4" Diameter instead of 3/16"

Se Mk 2 Here,

Don't throw away those drill bits, learn to sharpen them yourself, If you blunt a dril and burn it out you will have to grind it back a few millimeters past the blued area as this will be soft and blunt easily, have a pot of cold water handy to cool the larger sizes and always wear eye protection, however do not use gloves whilst working on a grinder as these can get caught in the wheel.
A good indication for telling you things are getting too hot are your fingers as you will feel the heat rising up the shank, so quench it to stop it from getting overheated.

Cover picture, a homemade leather knife.

A Step by step guide to making a jewellers ring clamp the materials and fitting needed to make your own bespoke tool for the jewellers bench.

Cover picture is my homemade portable bandsaw mill that I made whilst working as a coded welder for a local firm, she weighs 400 Kg and can easily be pulled by a large quad bike, maximum cutting width was 24 inches and 4 meters long, the bandsaw wheel were powered by a Honda13 Hp petrol engine.

In part 2 I made a slight change to the axle or pivot by using a 6.00mm thick spacer from sole leather but you could use a wooden spacer instead and pin it in place.

Cover picture a high pass in the English Lake District.

My own budget made melting furnesses and an old grey mare or shaving horse with an inbuilt ratchet system that has stood the test of time, made from English Elm and English Oak, the OGM has only one metal part all the rest is made from timber and works a treat.

Cover picture is a pair of special forces high boot that I made several years ago to an old pattern called The Keeper, made entirely from 4.00mm thick full grain rawhide with a breathable semi lining which is often found in orthopedic footwear, this lining is also leather and has amazing breathability and will dry out quite quickly if submerged, the soles are British made Itsthide Commando pattern with an added thinsulate lining to prevent ground heat loss, which leaves a very small heat signature that can be picked up by heat seeking night scopes, I will be doing a full review on this boot in the future.

A jewellers soft head hammer I made for my jewellers bench, the main body was hand turned from CZ 121 brass hex bar on my homemeade woodwork lathe as were the PTFE soft interchangeable heads.

Also a pole bird feeder made from 1/4" galvanized weldmesh and two pieces of plywood from the scrap pile, this version hold ten pounds of peanuts.

A brief description of how I made my own electic pottern kiln and the parts that I used to make the mould and lids..

Cover picture is one of my Amish wheelbarrow wheels.

A sellection of leather hair ties for here indoors, I made these several years ago from all the scraps of leather that others were throwing away, many are based on mythology and celectial science from the Greek myths and others on flora and fauna, I made my wife one for every day of the month which she says are fun to wear, they consist of a leather board with either a wooden shaft or a metal bar and work by surrounding the hair from both sides.
To make them you need to work out the thickness of the hair once it has been bunched by using a carboard template and the pin that you will use later until it sits firm and does not slide down the pony tail.

Part 2 of the leather and wooden handbag.

Final stage of the handbag build.

Here is a style of handbag that came to me one evening whilst sorting through some old wooden boards and leather, they are simple to build with limited tooling and are truly unique and or functional, I will add the links to where I got some of the items needed.
The beauty of this project is, you can make the shape and size according to your own needs, even if you have limited leather sizes you can still make a small purse in the same way, please copy and share my designs with all who might have a go at making their own.

Cover picture in an Amish style barrow I made several years ago for the allotment, with its 20 inch dia english pattern wooden wheel.

Here is a handy device that I never had but have needed on several occasions in the past, I made it in a day using upcycled parts; The main arms were made from the linear rails found inside a computer scanner and the washers a two penny coins, the copper kind, before they took all the copper out of them and used steel, simply use a magnet to find the originals.

The base is an off cut of Birch plywood with a stainless steel covering which I also machine turned for a different look to what would be a shiny reflective surface, which can sometimes be a burden, it works pretty well and another valued string to the jeweller bench.

Thanks for looking in, please consider supporting the channel so I can obtain the raw materials and create 3D drawings of many of the projects one has seen so far, there are quite a few more to come in the near future.

A short video to show how we select our compost from the heap, the frame is made of a simple wooden frame made from roofing lathes and overlapped at the corners to for a sturdy frame which is screwed together, yhe wire is good quality stainless weld mesh with half inch squares. We use the prongs of an old hay fork to manipulate the soil instead of gloves which soon ear out, the result is high quality compost for the allotment, black gold.

In this video I show how I make my jewellers tools from raw materials to the tool itself.

The cover picture is a bespoke silversmith chaing hammmer I made earlier, the handle of made from Partridge wood which is very hard and takes on a superb shine.

The first run of our homemade Mk 2 apple shredder, as you can see we rmoved the extra plate to allow more apples to be poured into the hopper from a bigger bucket, first impressions were promising with the fruit getting a real shredding as they pass through, the fruit here are pears and had been left to sweat a little and soften prior to procesing, the perry was delicious and we went through it before xmass it was so good, we plan to make a few more gallons of apple cider as well next year from several folks orchards that we mow for them throughout the summer in order that we can have the apples, which normally fall to the ground and get wasted every year, so a bonus and pick me up for reciprocity between both parties, who get the bounty and a summer within the beverage during the winter.


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Welcome to my homemade world a journey with many different ways of doing things, after many years in the motorcycle and engineering world, I then took the pluge during the recession of the early 80, did a short stint in the British armed forces looking for adventure, I then rejoined the real word again as mechanical engineer doing many short term contracts in a paradigm which was by then in overall decline, from here-on-in is where my real journey began.

I often yearned of doing something completely different, something more exciting than the nine to five, I was fed up of clock watching, dirty engine oil, rags and worn out tyres, what was to happen next challenged my outlook on life and the range of the human spirit in so many ways.

I began travelling the length and breadth of Northern England in my old clapped out Ford Courier van looking for the people who still plied the older well establish real life skills that were almost extinguished from history, I travelled as far as Newark on Trent to my South, across to the East and West sides of the Yorkshire Dales, and up to the Northern tip of Cumbria, seeking out anyone who might share their old world knowledge and interests with me.

The task was not always plain sailing, many turned me away, but with dogged determination I eventually found several seeds, planted them and then moved forward; so a big thumbs up to those who helped me in my journey and if those people might be looking in today.
I would like to thank you all for taking the time to help someone who truly wanted to help themselves do something different; To return my gratitude, I have also done the same and shared the knowledge and old worldly skills freely with many others from all over the world.

As a creator of many things I truly cherished anything that was handmade, especially using recycled materials in the mix, these things I will do more of and add new projects and videos as and when they are born, thanks for looking in.

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