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2021 Xmas tree for downstairs
New storage rack for metals
14th Century Rondel dagger replica
2020 Halloween lamp
2020 Halloween lamp
Trophy board made from old laser tube
Sci-fi Style lamp with rotating cylinders
rLab unified Dust extraction system
The new Metalworking Table
Giant Neon switchboard
Hand-forged Hunting Knife


I'm Steve and I'm a director of rLab and I'm also running this wiki to provide information for people at rLab to refer to. I mostly work downstairs at rLab and I specialize in the metalworking tools, but I also have extensive experience in very high voltage electronic systems. I provide inductions on all of the metalworking kit at the lab, as well as some of the woodworking equipment and the laser cutter. I also run several workshops to help people get familiar with some of the equipment here, including use of the metal lathe, the forge, and the CNC milling machine. I sell some of the stuff I make at rLab on my Etsy store

Recently I've been focusing on working with the forge to improve my own skills and to teach basic knife making using traditional blacksmithing techniques. So far over 30 people have taken part in these workshops and made a very wide variety of items.

I can provide the following services to members in exchange for small fee, help on my own projects, or teaching me something I'm interested in.

  • CNC machining
  • General fabrication services
  • MIG or TIG welding
  • Blacksmithing
  • Metal Lathe work

Major Projects in Progress

For me For rLab
  • Making a Hydraulic press to assist with using the Forge and making damascus steel
  • Document all inductions and get people willing to give them, special focus from me on the casting crucible
  • Fix Induction furnace and get it ready for use, write induction, start workshops involving it

Odd jobs that need doing around the lab

Status For me For rLab
In Progress
  • Open up hydraulic control valve
  • Make engineer's cube demo
  • New casting box
  • Improved Drill speeds sticker
  • Forge decals
  • Long focus laser lens system
  • New rubber pad to hold chisels into chisel rack
  • Overhaul pedestal grinder
  • Make plasma cutter torch stand-off
  • Make pressure test fittings for compressor
  • Make split and planar coils for induction heater
  • Sort out air lines, replace bad ones
  • Design/Make new hard-jaws for main vice

Projects I'm considering for the future

For me For rLab
  • Large format 3D printer
  • 25Kw induction furnace
  • "Omega" Table
  • Wall mount PC
  • Acrylic Clock
  • Acrylic Lock
  • Giant wall clock
  • Wavey acrylic light fixture
  • House number monolith
  • Animated hertzsprung-russel diagram
  • Metal-block top table
  • Cloud chamber
  • Liquid nitrogen generator
  • Drill bit music box
  • Pencil turned globe
  • Cloisonne logo
  • Improved laser interface and control system including dual-trip limit switches
  • Machining assistance terminal
  • A 2" x 72" belt grinder
  • Vacuum resin impregnator
  • Mobile base for Bandsaw
  • New stand for the anvil
  • Fix up the jaccobs ladder
  • Rebuild the forge for larger capacity
  • P2 tiles
  • Develop machinist's hammer workshop
  • Develop welded side-table workshop
  • Boxford re-wire phase 3 (New LinuxCNC controller)
  • Boxford re-wire phase 4 (New front pannel)
  • Make wiki available as a Tor hidden service
  • Sort out blasting cabinet
  • Wall mount materials storage racks

Random Stuff

Projects completed

Major Projects

For me For rLab

Odds and Ends

  • Laser cutter Beam realigned, all mirrors and lens cleaned, rails cleaned and relubricated. 14:08, 3 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Realign lathe tailstock to remove taper 18:51, 4 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Fix cable on heat gun 22:10, 5 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Fix fence on bandsaw, remake and fit slider pad so it grips properly 22:10, 5 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Readjust motor slides on drill press, lubricate and clean rails 17:14, 6 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Modify old JET type filters to fit into Laguna air filter unit 16:37, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Re-dress tool rest bar on wood lathe 16:38, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Rebuild record power SC-4 chuck, looks like someone was cranking it open a bit too hard. 22:41, 11 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Redressed fine grinding wheel 08:55, 22 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Resharpen all the blunt drill bits 11:48, 25 January 2022 (UTC)
  • De-cobweb the CCTV cameras 08:18, 26 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Fit spindle current gauge to boxford and readjust the spindle controller for better response and stability 17:56, 26 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Fix failed table lock mechanism on table saw by re-making failed part 17:59, 27 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Design and fit new feet to table saw 22:35, 4 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Change sanding disc on large linisher 13:58, 12 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Get & fit working toilet roll holder for second toilet. 14:43, 15 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Tighten column clamp on pillar drill to reduce play, spindle bearings still require replacement 15:16, 20 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Fit new 40T blade to the table saw 14:15, 21 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Replace left-hand side lid sensor on Laser cutter 19:00, 10 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Obtain and install new small linisher 10:10, 13 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Install new forge linings (with the help of Andy-J and Andy-C) 22:37, 13 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Adjust stability control on Boxford to remove oscillation 18:15, 21 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Redesign, reprint and fit replacement coolant line adaptor on metal lathe 12:02, 23 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Fit new carpet strip on the flooring joins near the entrance, with Mike-M 13:08, 23 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Fix one of the blue Scheppach vacuums by fitting new motor 14:54, 30 March 2022 (BST)
  • Change blade on vinyl cutter, old one was chipped 14:43, 31 March 2022 (BST)
  • Make new decal for propane forge that reminds about basic settings 16:44, 1 April 2022 (BST)
  • Relevelled bed on 0.4mm printer, cleaned and re-lubed the axis rods. 16:44, 1 April 2022 (BST)
  • Change ceramic filter and empty solder capsule on desoldering gun 19:08, 1 April 2022 (BST)
  • Fix electronic load unit 15:58, 2 April 2022 (BST)
  • Laser Cleaning, beam profile testing, tube realignment, beam path realignment, mirror replacement, lens replacement, filter replacement, bed leveling, focus testing and adjustment, relubrication. With Ru 17:12, 9 April 2022 (BST)
  • Replace sanding disc on large linisher 22:41, 10 April 2022 (BST)