Gerbil Trimming and Finishing machine

A project by: Nicole Fulton


WE RAISED £1,007

from 10 donors

This project received pledges on Wed 27 Mar 2019
Allow pupils to independently manufacture their designs with creativity and diversity in mind.


Number of students that will benefit: 480

Age of students: 11-18

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 14.5%


About us

Bathgate Academy is a non-denominational comprehensive secondary school with an ever growing Craft, Design and Technology department. As a department we currently offer six subjects in senior phase.

What do we want?

We would like to purchase a Gerbil Trimming and Finishing machine.

Who is this for?

This is for the CDT department, however, can be accessed by everyone.

Why do we want it?

This will allow pupils to independently cut, shape and finish their models, giving more scope for creativity and learning new skills. We currently undertake projects in S1-S3 which require a rebate and this machine will allow the pupils to create this themselves rather than having it done by the technician or teacher. This machine will also give senior pupils more freedom when designing and modelling, as well as simulating a more realistic representation of designing and manufacturing in real life.


GERBIL 2020 - 

  • Adjustable 0° to 10° metal tilting table (Note: this replaces the 2010 MDF table top)
  • Adjustable guide fence 
  • Large diameter hand wheel for tool height adjustment (max height 35mm) 
  • Dust extracting fence incorporating tool guard

A Full Tool Kit contains the following tools:

  • Tungsten carbide abrasive disc and holder 
  • Tungsten carbide flange cutter
  • Two flap wheels for general de-burring
  • Finishing & polishing mops and compounds
  • The necessary Allen keys for tool changing

Total price = £996.60 including VAT & delivery

Reaching our minimum target would already allow us to buy an Axminster Premier Benchtop Router Table.


Two of these machine as this will allow us to accommodate more pupils over the 3 workshops.


Please help us give our pupils this opportunity to grow in their learning!

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Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833