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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 boxford and casting crucible

Odd jobs that need doing around the lab

For me For rLab
  • Make engineer's cube demo
  • Make engraved brass plaque for the laser trophy
  • Audit chemical cupboards
  • Lathe chuck splash guard
  • New casting box
  • Drill speeds sticker
  • Forge decals
  • Long focus laser lens system
  • New rubber pad to hold chisels into chisel rack
  • Overhaul pedestal grinder
  • Make new mounting bracket for ryobi chargers
  • Lathe major service and coolant change
  • Make plasma cutter torch stand-off
  • Clear out fire escape route

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
  • 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
  • Casting system for PLA sheets
  • New stand for the anvil
  • New shelves for the north wall downstairs
  • Fix up the jaccobs ladder
  • Rebuild the forge for larger capacity
  • P2 tiles
  • Develop machinist's hammer workshop
  • Develop welded side-table workshop
  • Metals rack for longer material
  • Boxford re-wire phase 3 (New LinuxCNC controller)
  • Boxford re-wire phase 4 (New front pannel)
  • Make wiki available as a Tor hidden service

Random Stuff

Projects completed

Major Projects

For me For rLab

Odds and Ends

  • Second 3D induction sticky Stever (talk) 14:13, 28 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Sort out power switch on router - No fault found, cleaned and returned to service Stever (talk) 15:04, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Fixed materials test oven, fitted new fan and motor. Stever (talk) 18:05, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Fitted dust cap for oven fan Stever (talk) 09:51, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
  • New "1" numeral for the kitchen clock Stever (talk) 12:26, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Set up member's gallery display on big screen in main room. Stever (talk) 15:52, 27 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Fitted new LED lights in main upstairs room. Stever (talk) 07:44, 5 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Make storage drawer for linisher belts. Stever (talk) 10:24, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Reinstate thermal safety system on the MIG welder. Stever (talk) 15:38, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix random-orbital sander Stever (talk) 15:22, 28 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Fit new lathe toolpost, make new shadowboard and install. Stever (talk) 13:25, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix Z-home function on the laser cutter. Stever (talk) 18:20, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix belt tension retaining bolts on drill press Stever (talk) 16:33, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Install new 0.4mm nozzle on 3D printer Stever (talk) 08:08, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix blockage in laser air system and install new lens
  • Sharpen all the blunt drill bits Stever (talk) 10:10, 3 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix metal lathe powerfeed lever oil seal Stever (talk) 17:06, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Fit a new blade on the bandsaw, fix blade tension scale, re-do tracking and blade lead. Stever (talk) 12:04, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Deep clean Bandsaw and readjust blade tracking and lead Stever (talk) 11:23, 13 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Change air filters in downstairs air cleaner Stever (talk) 14:22, 20 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix broken clamp bar on bandsaw fence Stever (talk) 06:57, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Made new laser focus block Stever (talk) 17:28, 3 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix contactor on large linisher Stever (talk) 07:36, 20 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Fit new wheels to the router table Stever (talk) 14:33, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Reweld broken fence on large linisher Stever (talk) 15:17, 24 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Fix inverted blade on the bandsaw Stever (talk) 10:52, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Fix blown resistors in resistance decade box Stever (talk) 13:43, 28 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace 440mA fuse in Aglient DMM Stever (talk) 13:43, 28 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace blown NTC inrush suppressor on 110V site transformer Stever (talk) 14:33, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace blade on horizontal bandsaw, track, tension and align. Stever (talk) 14:31, 10 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace all guide bearings on bandsaw, re-engineer blade guide handle and bearing adjusters Stever (talk) 18:39, 14 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Unclog nozzle on desoldering gun Stever (talk) 18:39, 14 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Clean and re-condition the MT3 tapers on the drill press Stever (talk) 12:20, 18 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Fix Wikes angle grinder Stever (talk) 22:41, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace forge burner Stever (talk) 07:03, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Make new decorative panel for the scrap wood bin Stever (talk) 07:58, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Help Andrew-J make and fit a new table for the small linsher and mini-mill Stever (talk) 07:58, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Emergency fix for laser cutter to support NHS efforts Stever (talk) 21:36, 11 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Overhaul drill press (all apart from new bearings) Stever (talk) 14:10, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Reorganize red desk Stever (talk) 15:40, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Clean sink properly Stever (talk) 15:40, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Clean and test fume hood Stever (talk) 15:40, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Re-stick fire exit signs that were falling off Stever (talk) 15:40, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Wash all overalls for downstairs and lathe dust sheet Stever (talk) 13:03, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Put down weedkiller at front of building and in fire escape Stever (talk) 16:28, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace break-glasses on fire alarm call points Stever (talk) 21:35, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Complete cleaning of downstairs and checking over of all tools Stever (talk) 21:35, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Cleaning of both toilets Stever (talk) 21:35, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Fit new air assist system on laser Stever (talk) 06:23, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Reinstall and recommission 3D printers Stever (talk) 06:23, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace faulty regulator on air compressor Stever (talk) 17:19, 24 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Sanitise upstairs A/C unit Stever (talk) 11:04, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Change lathe coolant Stever (talk) 08:07, 5 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Fix workshop emergency exit light (1 fixed, other still offline) Stever (talk) 16:51, 10 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Clean and sanitise fridge Stever (talk) 16:51, 10 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Fix emergency light over main workshop door Stever (talk) 09:44, 12 July 2020 (BST)
  • Change filter media in downstairs air filter Stever (talk) 10:15, 12 July 2020 (BST)
  • Patch up holes in fire-rated wall between workshop and store room Stever (talk) 09:44, 12 July 2020 (BST)
  • Get new laser printer installed and setup ready for use. Stever (talk) 12:49, 20 July 2020 (BST)
  • Build and install new PCs to replace design stations Stever (talk) 10:47, 30 August 2020 (BST)
  • Re-sharpen, demagnetise and sort all the blunt drill bits, refill drill index Stever (talk) 16:41, 17 September 2020 (BST)
  • Fix large linisher power switch, make and fit new dust extract for it Stever (talk) 15:12, 1 October 2020 (BST)
  • Replace laser cutter power switch for HV and air assist. Stever (talk) 18:32, 1 October 2020 (BST)
  • Re-Dress grinding wheels and affix warning label. Stever (talk) 16:27, 7 October 2020 (BST)
  • Sort out screws rack and organise a stock of nuts and bolts. Stever (talk) 13:09, 10 October 2020 (BST)
  • Create documentation for hardness tester Stever (talk) 09:00, 16 October 2020 (BST)
  • Fiddle with large linisher power switch (again), Still not sure what the problem is Stever (talk) 09:00, 30 October 2020 (UTC)
  • Install drawer rack on north wall support pillar Stever (talk) 09:00, 30 October 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace prefilter and main filter on workshop general dust extract unit Stever (talk) 17:50, 30 October 2020 (UTC)
  • Replace air cleaner filter Stever (talk) 14:20, 10 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Fit new bandsaw automatic dust extraction controller Stever (talk) 14:20, 10 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Refinish surface of woodworking table. Stever (talk) 14:20, 10 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Fix large linisher NVR switch (again) Hopefully permanently this time, if not them motor may need replacement. Stever (talk) 09:57, 16 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Restock eye wash stations Stever (talk) 07:08, 5 December 2020 (UTC)
  • 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)