I'm beginning to get clear of the residue of this year's projects (ie, real work) and get back into the workshop. At this moment I'm doing a couple of small boilers on commission, one very small vertical donkey boiler (the smallest I've ever made) and a horizontal "Babcock" type marine boiler and casing. The casing will take more time than the boiler. I'm near finishing the conversion of a 14" woodworking bandsaw into a metal saw, which I may have mentioned to the List previously. This is a fairly sturdy all cast-iron Delta machine so the work mainly involves slowing the blade speed down to speeds appropriate for metal cutting - 50 to 250 FPM. This is being done (quite easily I might add) by inserting a 20:1 reduction gearbox (David Brown - eBay) between the motor and the primary drive pulley. Additionally, or so I assumed, the blade guides would need reworking into the ball-bearing type, however I came across an account of old saw technology where solid guides, wear blocks, of "hard maple, oil boiled" were used and provided an improvement in support as the guides could be run up closer to the working point and had at least as long a life. This bears more study. I have also been doing a bit of work on my TICH, on the front end. I am slowly fabricating the smokebox stand and saddle from cut bits of steel plate and pipe by silver soldering and later on welding. The smokebox itself is made and ready to mount. That's enough for me . . . over to you. Cheers, Harry MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.