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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 and the forge. 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've also got a number of knives for sale that have been made as part of the workshops, they vary from tiny utility knives, through kitchen knives up to larger carving knives, please contact me if interested!

I also offer tuition on many of the metalworking tools beyond the basic induction level, and I offer basic fabrication and welding services if you have something that you'd like made but don't have the time to get inducted and practiced on the machines you'd need. If you're interested the please let me know and we can discuss what you need, I do charge for these services either as cash, or as a swap for help on projects of mine, or for teaching me something new that I want to learn!

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
  • Casting system for PLA sheets

Odd jobs that need doing around the lab

For me For rLab
  • Make engineer's cube demo

Projects I'm considering for the future

For me For rLab
  • Large format 3D printer
  • 15Kw induction furnace
  • "Omega" Table
  • Wall mount PC
  • Acrylic Clock
  • Acrylic Lock
  • Giant wall clock
  • Wavey acrylic light fixture
  • Test-tube light fixture
  • House number monolith
  • Animated hertzsprung-russel diagram
  • Metal-block top table
  • Cloud chamber
  • Liquid nitrogen generator
  • 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

Random Stuff

Projects completed

Major Projects

For me For rLab

Odds and Ends


  • Refinish the surface of the kitchen table Stever (talk) 17:40, 17 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Adjust wood lathe table, add feet and wheels, lower table height, with JMF Stever (talk) 09:56, 7 April 2021 (BST)
  • Change Z-axis motor on boxford Stever (talk) 22:07, 7 April 2021 (BST)
  • Mount both wood lathes onto lathe table, adjust height, fit feet and wheels JMF & Stever (talk) 16:51, 13 April 2021 (BST)
  • Fix main roller door Ru & Stever (talk) 16:51, 13 April 2021 (BST)
  • Put down weedkiller on fire escape Stever (talk) 16:51, 20 April 2021 (BST)
  • Fix limit switches to boxford Stever (talk) 16:51, 20 April 2021 (BST)
  • Get second hot air reflow gun, 100W soldering iron, Reamer set Stever (talk) 23:08, 1 May 2021 (BST)
  • Change filter on desoldering gun Stever (talk) 11:00, 2 May 2021 (BST)
  • Sort inch-size drills for lathe, de-dupe, and sharpen Stever (talk) 14:30, 3 May 2021 (BST)
  • Clean bearings, clean mechanisms, deburr upper guard support rail, adjust tracking and blade lead on bandsaw 17:09, 7 May 2021 (BST)
  • Clean and overhaul feed mechanism on 0.4mm 3D printer 17:09, 7 May 2021 (BST)
  • Design, build, install new rack for Ryobi tools in order to clear bench space 19:05, 9 May 2021 (BST)
  • Make prototype drill speeds sticker 18:16, 11 May 2021 (BST)
  • Change bandsaw blade (we're out, ordered more), clean saw, check and adjust alignment and blade lead 17:23, 20 May 2021 (BST)
  • Make engraved brass plaque for the laser trophy 02:28, 23 May 2021 (BST)
  • Fix head cooling fan on 0.6mm 3D printer 15:28, 1 June 2021 (BST)
  • Fit safety NVR switch to polisher 19:29, 1 June 2021 (BST)
  • Reorganise boxford storage cupboards and label 17:26, 4 June 2021 (BST)
  • Sort out collet set for boxford and get replacements to complete the range 22:27, 8 June 2021 (BST)
  • Change bandsaw blade, clean and lubricate, adjust alignment and blade lead 21:55, 16 June 2021 (BST)
  • Change laser lens 21:55, 16 June 2021 (BST)
  • Fit new pressure switch on compressor, check pipework, test pressure relief valve 12:37, 17 June 2021 (BST)
  • Make, Fit drawers for Ryobi Rack 22:11, 22 June 2021 (BST)
  • Fix light over front door 15:22, 29 June 2021 (BST)
  • Fix gearing on pyramid bender 14:42, 1 July 2021 (BST)
  • Make a cart for the new planer/thicknesser 14:55, 1 July 2021 (BST)
  • Clean and service workshop A/C, wow... so much dust.... 08:33, 14 July 2021 (BST)
  • Clean, re-wax and realign bandsaw table 09:54, 15 July 2021 (BST)
  • Replace split section of extractor hose on table saw, replace paper filter element in dust extractor 14:04, 15 July 2021 (BST)
  • Rebuild 3-jaw chuck 16:52, 26 July 2021 (BST)
  • Replace bearings on Boxford, re-make missing parts, set up spindle and adjust, replace cooling fan 10:36, 30 July 2021 (BST)
  • Make new drawer to hold air filters Stever (talk) 11:09, 16 August 2021 (BST)
  • Make new no.12 for the Kitchen clock 18:11, 18 August 2021 (BST)
  • Sort out weird artifacts on security cameras 4&6, loose connection on PSU. 05:59, 22 August 2021 (BST)
  • Clear out debris from fire escape and apply weedkiller 10:10, 23 August 2021 (BST)
  • Sort out repair of new air cleaner, install same 09:10, 26 August 2021 (BST)
  • Fix hose adapter scheppach vacuum downstairs 13:49, 26 August 2021 (BST)
  • Loaded new wire into EMP235ic welder 09:45, 30 August 2021 (BST)
  • Order new hacksaw blades, check all saws and change where needed 18:21, 6 September 2021 (BST)
  • Adjust spindle preload on Boxford by 20um 11:01, 20 September 2021 (BST)
  • Fix wire brushes drawer that someone jammed 11:01, 20 September 2021 (BST)
  • Make, install, stock "odd fasteners & Kits drawer" 11:01, 20 September 2021 (BST)
  • Fix table saw blade lock mechanism by making a new lever for it 11:55, 27 September 2021 (BST)
  • Fix stuck front door - Should investigate adding an external latch to the rear fire door. 11:55, 27 September 2021 (BST)
  • Fit card reader built by James to the Metal Lathe 15:49, 29 September 2021 (BST)
  • Reskim the tracking roller on the 1" linisher 21:27, 29 September 2021 (BST)
  • Sharpen all woodworking chisels (not lathe ones) 17:06, 1 October 2021 (BST)
  • Clean, Stone and wax table of planner/thicknesser 17:06, 1 October 2021 (BST)
  • Change horizontal bandsaw blade, change bearings, realign blade and guides, change oil Stever (talk)
  • Recut 3-jaw chuck on lathe Stever (talk) 16:02, 8 October 2021 (BST)