Model Engineering In Thailand and South East Asia

This Is One Batch Of Tools I Am Importing To My Model Engineering Workshop In Thailand From My U.K. Workshop

The tools were sent to me by my son, Alex, by U.K. Royal Mail (Parcel Force) and as of writing this the parcel has arrived at EMSEVT LAKSI MAIL CENTRE in Bangkok at 0503 this morning.

This is the list of tools I asked Alex to send me. I made this list from memory since I know where I keep everything and what I am missing most in my model engineers workshop here in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

Please note this batch is in addition to the tools I already have and another batch of tools I ordered directly from RDG tools in the U.K.

 1. Tap& Die Set Metric NormalWhere: Office. “Plastic drawers”” on floor near bookcase.

These will be one size in each drawer. Each draw should have one drill, one die and two taps. They will be marked something like M10, M11 etc.One or two of the draws will have a white Label saying something like M10, M11.The range will be from about M3 to M12.

Image illustrating a Metric Drill Tap Die Set

Metric Drill Tap Die Set

2. Headband Magnifier

Where: Workshop. “Over Lathe”

Image depicting a Headband Magnifier

Headband Magnifier

3. Small Carbide Insert Tool (Key)

Where: Workshop. On bench “Cutting Tool Place”

Need key for the tiny boring bar.

Image of Carbide Insert Tool 1

Carbide Insert Tool 1

Below, more details of the carbide insert tool.

image showing Carbide Insert Tool 2

Carbide Insert Tool 2

If in doubt send all of them.

4. Knurling Tool Where:

Where: Workshop. On bench “Cutting Tool Place”

This is home made. A commercially made one looks something like this:-

Image showing a Lathe Knurling Tool

Lathe Knurling Tool

If there are any spare wheels (called knurls) please send those too.

5. Taper Test Bar

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet 1 Over” Left hand side.

image of a Morse Taper Test Bar

Morse Taper Test Bar

6. 3 MT Rotating Centre

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet 1 Over” Right hand side. In wooden box.

Image of a Revolving Lathe Centre

Revolving Lathe Centre

7. 2×2 Gear Cutters (Total 4)

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet 1 Over” Right hand side.

Image of a Gear Cutter

Gear Cutter

8. Small Drilling Vice

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet 1 Over” Right hand side

(Might be in the workshop near the little lathe)

Image of a Machine Vice

Machine Vice

Image of another Machine Vice

Another Machine Vice

9. Reamers

Where: Workshop. “Plastic Drawers on Bench”

In several Drawers.

Photo of a Hand Reamer

Hand Reamer

Photo of Another Hand Reamer

Another Hand Reamer

10. Optical Centre Punch

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet 2 Over”. In plastic tube.

Photo of an Optical Centre Punch

Optical Centre Punch

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet 2 Over”. In plastic tube.

11. Centre Finder

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet on Floor”. In wooden box.

Image of a Centre Finder

Centre Finder

12. Wiggler & Centre Finder Set

Where: Workshop. “Cabinet on Floor”. In plastic wallet.

Photo of a Wiggler & Centre Finder Set

Wiggler & Centre Finder Set

13. 61-80 Drills

Where: Workshop. Shelves 1. in plastic box.

Image showing a Number 61-80 Drills Set

Number 61-80 Drills Set


Where: Workshop. Shelves 1.

Photo of DRILLS SET 1MM - 6MM ( IN .1MM STEPS )



Where: Workshop. Shelves 1.



16. Endmills

Where: Plastic Drawers  (2) on Bench. Bottom two rows.

Photo of a set of Endmills (Milling Machine Cutters)

Endmills (Milling Machine Cutters)

17. Dial Test Indicator And Holders

Where: Cabinet 2 Over. Bottom shelf.

Photo of a Dial Test Indicator

Dial Test Indicator

Below is the holder for the Dial Test Indicator.

Image showing a Dial Test Indicator Holder

Dial Test Indicator Holder


Where: Could be on the floor near Wooden Cabinet and/or on the top of Cabinet 1 Over.

Comprises three components. Two aluminum ‘suitcases’ and one (or two?) chucks. (Chuck(s) not in any box)

Photo of a ER40 Collet Chuck Set

ER40 Collet Chuck Set

Above, the aluminum suitcases.

I bought another chuck separately. Here is a photo of it:-

Photo of a Flange-Mounting ER40 Collet Chuck

Flange-Mounting ER40 Collet Chuck




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2 Responses to Importing Tools To Thailand From My Home Workshop In U.K.

  • Your “centre finder” is actually called a “co-axial indicator” or “co-ax indicator” for short. Very handy tool. I have just ordered one from the States for $68, (about £42) shipped free to a friend’s adress in San Fran. He’s bringing it over on his next visit in April for me in his suitcase.

    The optical centre punch; wanted one for ages, retail anywhere between £37 to £50, easy to make, the only difficult bit is machining a suitable piece of perspex/acrylic rod and getting the domed convex end right, then polishing out any machining marks. Found some perspex rod, machined the convex end using my ball end turning fixture (home-made), machined the holder off centre from some brass, machined a centre point punch and ground the centre point on my Stent T&CG, jobs a good ‘un. Cost – zero, but about 10-12 hours work. Works very very well.

    Love making my own tools.


    • Hi Mike and thanks for the comment,

      That ‘centre finder’ or ‘co-axial indicator’ is great. I use it on the milling machine to centre the rotary table which may have for example a piece of work in a three jaw chuck that has been machined on the lath and now need indexed milling. Typical item would be the slots in traction engine hubs to take the spokes. It only takes a couple of minutes to locate the exact centre under the mill spindle.

      I have thought about using it in the lathe eg when trying to line up a centre mark on a piece of work held in the four jaw chuck. I haven’t tried this yet so I don’t know how successful it would be.

      You made your own optical centre finder! Well done. The box on mine says Made in USA. Perhaps that’s why it was so expensive. They don’t seem to make these in China.

      On the subject of making tools I avoid it at all costs. If it is available I will buy it. After all I am a model engineer and any time spent in the workshop not making models is lost time to me.

      Actually that’s not quite true now. I do make jigs and fixtures that aid the model making, either to improve accuracy or to speed up production when more than one piece has to be made.

      And I do understand that making tools can be very rewarding. They can form a little mini project where you have something useful made complete in a short space of time whereas making a model is a long process and you don’t see the end result for months or years. If I have to make a tool I’ll do it and be satisfied when it’s made. I have spent weeks making various backplates for chucks and collets chucks to fit the lathe and the rotary table for example.

      Thanks again for the comment.

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