Acrylic Barrel Closer

After quite a few projects completed by hand we were finally able to get to grips with the Schaublin 70 Mi-CF watchmakers lathe. We were tasked with making a barrel closer and although we will not use this until much later on in the course, I’m sure it will prove to be very useful. We […]


Steel Cube

This would be our final filing project before we moved on to turning on the lathes and ultimately our micro mechanics exams. When we first started at the school we were told by the current second year students and last years graduating students that the cube was extremely difficult. So from the very start this […]

Brass Gauges, Steel Tri-Square and Steel Flat Gauge

Our next 3 projects all involved mastering our filing skills and also moving to a material thats slightly more difficult to work with, steel. The Tri-Square and Flat Gauge have proved invaluable in our subsequent projects and exams. The brass gauges were made by drilling a hole in piece of steel and then cutting straight […]


Brass Sawing Support

Fairly simple to make although there were quite a few steps and new techniques to learn. I never got a chance to finish this in the time frame we had so came back to it later in the course but I’ll run through the process from beginning to end. Firstly I filed all the sides […]

Wooden Vice Blocks

Our first project at the school was to make a pair of wooden vice blocks. The aim was to teach us the basic skills of filing and sawing, working with a relatively easy material in wood, and get us used to following an engineering drawing. We started with a rectangular piece of wood that we […]