Archive for the ‘The Workshop & Tools’ Category

27 Jul, 2013

Rawyler Mill

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

Here are some photos of the Rawyler mill I am selling. The box of bits shows the parts that were removed from the lever conversion to graduated dials. If you have any questions then please get in contact. I’ve never really got a chance to use this machine but it looks a superbly made Swiss [...]

30 Dec, 2012

Cowells ME lathe

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

Since looking for my first lathe back when I purchased a unimat 3, I always wanted a cowells but funds didn’t allow. I’ve finally managed to pick one up at a great price and I’m more than pleased with it. Rigid, well made and a true precision machine; I hope this will be with me [...]

It seems that as these machines are getting harder to find, they are often in need of repair! This post hopes to give details on the Kennedy Saw. If you have any info or pictures of the saw please email me! I don`t often post with none project related information but since I get an [...]

12 Sep, 2010

Kennedy Power Hacksaw

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

When I first saw one of these running I really liked it. Being in a basement workshop, I`m limited with the size of the equipment I can have down there, especially floor standing. This is an ideal size, OK, limited certainly to the size I can cut but it`ll certainly give my arm a rest [...]

03 Aug, 2010

Boxford Re-build – saddle

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

Just a quick update. Sadly I`ve no detailed photos of the saddle before I stripped it down but hopefully you can appreciate how dirty it was with 50 years and no clean I expect! Parts in a bucket after just being cleaned in paraffin. Rebuilt – just to check I could remember!! And stripped again [...]

27 Jul, 2010

Boxford Strip Down and Re-build

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

After 6 months now using the Boxford, I`ve decided along with advice of friends and other model engineers that I`m going to stick with this lathe and for the reason I`m investing the next few weeks in refurbishing it to a former glory. I`ve not much money to spend on it but all it should [...]

14 Jan, 2010

Boxford 8″ Shaper

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

This is the first run of my Boxford 8″ Shaper that I have been trying to restore. I have converted the motor from the original 3ph to a single phase supply, re-made the drive pully which had chipped and finally cleaned and oiled as well as getting over some other mini hurdles! I got this [...]

I use to own a Unimat 3 mini lathe many years ago and I really enjoyed it for small work. Looking back now, since owning my Asian Lathe and Boxford it was tiny in comparison but there was somthing about its size that has appealed to me. I`ve been looking since summer to find a [...]

28 Oct, 2009

The Workshop

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

Some manditory pictures of the workshop where all the action happens:

28 Oct, 2009

Machines and Equipment

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

At the moment the machines and equipment I will be using are the Clarke cl300m lathe, a Boxford Model A lathe, a Chester Conquest mill and Vertex 4″ Rotary table. I will have to purchase a dividing attachment shortly (they are currently out of stock everywhere!) but I`ll be able to cut most of my [...]


  • Steve Richardson: Pretty cool stuff! I work with some real talented machinists and they are gonna dig your website!
  • Mike: Hi.where did you purchase the plate from. Been looking for a good stockist. I love your idea and would like to make one for my boxford. Also, sorry
  • Don bath: Thanks for the reply,currently I am making the escape wheel arbour and back cock plate ready for the next phase of testing .Your comments regarding th

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I`ve always wanted to learn more about engineering and electronics and my list of projects both complete and ongoing has been growing over the past few years. I like to document my progress more for my own understanding as much as anything, it helps keep me on track. I hope you can find something of interest to you, my clock building project is my priority but as you can see, I have many other builds I`m working on. Please leave a comment, it is nice to see people are reading!