Making your own points is easy!
Tools you will find usefulSmall pliers
Sharpening stone for polishing the points
Switch off first!
Before removing the old point make sure you allow the terminals to cool.
If you are impatient you could dip them in water
Snip off a length of wireabout 1,1/4" (32mm) long. Use only the special nickel-chromium wire. Mind your eyes! It would be best not to do it as shown but to direct the cut piece safely away from you.
Form the wire into a U shape.Fit into the terminals - not under the screw heads but between the nuts and terminal struts. Tighten.
Squeeze the end with pliersto the shape you want.
The tip should be compacted with the power switched on when the metal is softer. Done!
Peter Child machines are available from Turners Retreat. Please see notes below if you live outside the UK
For customers outside the U.K.Suitable units are available for other countries as follows : - -
Euro 240 volt machine fitted with Schuko plug.
U.S.A. (and Canada) machine specially made with 110 volt input and U.S. style power cord and plug.
Select from the drop-down list on the Turners Retreat page to choose the correct machine for your electricity supply.
Machines are,in fact, available for most countries complete with the appropriate power cord and plug and with a transformer suited to the electrical supply. The Turners Retreat website lists UK, European, American, Canadian, Australian and Japanese versions and may expand the list as time goes on.
Robert Sorby is the manufacturer now and machines are available from some Robert Sorby retail outlets. See the Robert-Sorby.co.uk website for a list of dealers in your country.