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Free Plan: A Metal Bender

Free Plan: A Metal Bender

If bending metal strip is a vice and hammer job in your workshop, then this metal bender designed by Terry Gould is worth considering. It was described in MEW 18, August/September 1993 which also contained the free plan reproduced here. See also the swivel base which was describved in teh same issue.

Wire Gauge to Imperial Sizes

Here is a very useful table of different wire gauge systems.

Jeff Thyer's Myford Gear Hobbing Attachment

Featured in MEW 258 and following issues, this ingenious attachment allows both ordinary spur gears and helical gears to be made on a Myford lathe.

Torsion Dynamometer

Download the Arduino Sketch for Silly Old Duffers's article on a Torsion Dynamometer in MEW 250 /255 using the link below.

FREE PLAN: A Drill Sharpening Jig

FREE PLAN: A Drill Sharpening Jig

Mr C M McEke (a member of Bristol SMEE) provided this novel design for a complete drill sharpening fixture, which was featured in a free plan given away with MEW 17, June/July 1993.

Improved Headstock Bearings for a Myford Super 7

Improved Headstock Bearings for a Myford Super 7

While many users are more than happy with the standard bearings fitted to Myford Super 7 lathes, some critics consider that roller bearings should have been fitted.

Digital Caliper Comparative Review

Digital Caliper Comparative Review

This review of different digital calipers was first published in MEW 248.

An Optical Finder

An Optical Finder

A useful article from the first issue of Model Engineer's Workshop by 'Bluey' - a pen-name of Stan Bray who was the first editor of MEW.

A Top Slide for the Unimat 3

A Top Slide for the Unimat 3

This little topslide by D. Scroggins uses a novel approach to the dovetail slides. It first appeared in MEW issue 16, April/May 1993, more details can be found in the archive copy of this issue.

Silly Old Duffer's Arduino Indicator

Silly Old Duffer's Arduino Indicator

You can download the source code for Silly Old Duffer's Arduino Indicator system, featured in MEW 249, here.

A Sharpening Jig for End Mills and Slot Drills

A Sharpening Jig for End Mills and Slot Drills

A. Longworth describes a method of sharpening the end faces of end mills and slot drill for those who have no access to a tool and cutter grinder. Reprinted from Model Engineers' Workshop number 14.

A Heavy Duty Boring Bar Holder

A Heavy Duty Boring Bar Holder

In MEW 240, April 2016, Alistair Sinclair revisits an old design by D.H. Downie.

Dividing Head Calculation Spreadsheet

Dividing Head Calculation Spreadsheet

This spreadsheet allows you to easily identify a suitable number of holes and turns for dividing with any indexing head.

Free Plan: Cross Vice to Vertical Slide

Free Plan: Cross Vice to Vertical Slide

Produced in response to a reader request, E. G. Hartwell proposed this method of converting a cross vice into a vertical slide. This free plan was first given away with issue 15 of Model Engineers' Workshop, February/March 1993.

A Sharpening Jig for Slot Drills and End Mills

A Sharpening Jig for Slot Drills and End Mills

This handy accessory by A Longworth was first published in MEW 14, December/January 1995. The particularly clever aspect is a simple setting device.

Disposing of a Workshop

Disposing of a Workshop

It's a sad fact that sooner or later we will all have to leave our workshops behind or sell them on. Roger Backhouse's 2014 MEW article on disposing of a workshop offers some sage advice that may make the process easier for us or our families and friends.

A Jeclanide Handwheel

A Jeclanide Handwheel

This intriguing device by W.B. Taylor, first published in MEW 13 October/November 2013, will serve little purpose other than to promote much discussion between all those who are shown it! It does, however, provide some interesting machining operations and could be made and finished to a high standard in which case it would make a nice Christmas present as an executive toy for that friend who otherwise has everything!

Martin Cleeve's Screwcutting Clutch

Martin Cleeve's Screwcutting Clutch

This article was previously published in Model Engineer No. 3557, March 1977, and was drawn to our attention by the letter below submitted to MEW by Alastair Sinclair. Given the high levels of interest in screwcutting clutches for modern lathes based on the Hardinge design in recent years, we felt that this article would be particularly useful for readers. This article is copyright My Time Media and the Author.

A Spindle Moulder

A Spindle Moulder

A reprint of Norman A. Ough's 1954 Model Engineer article.

Free Plan: A Lathe Mounted Bandsaw

Free Plan: A Lathe Mounted Bandsaw

This intriguing design for a lathe mounted bandsaw appeared in Issues 9 and 10 of Model Engineers' Workshop (February/March 1992 and April/May 1992). Designed by Mr G Gray of Nantwich it was designed to be mounted on, and powered by, a Myford ML7 lathe, but no doubt with some modification it could be used with many other lathes of similar centre height.

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Chemin de Fer Touristique du Vermandois

Rhys Owen is a volunteer on this French preserved railway.

Home Brew Digital Read Out

Duncan Webster and Paul Middlehurst co-operatively create a useful device.

LBSC Rose Bowl Competition 2013

A preview by Steve Eaton.

An Axle Weighbridge

Keith Wraight weighs things up at Colchester.

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