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This useful and well-designed Tailstock Turret by Alex du Pre accompanied issue 253 of Model Engineers' Workshop. Subscribers Only
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.
This review of different digital calipers was first published in MEW 248.
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.
From this page you can download Jörg Hugel's spreadsheet investigating different drill grinding geometries, as well as a PDF document explaining how to use the spreadsheet.
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.
You can download the source code for Silly Old Duffer's Arduino Indicator system, featured in MEW 249, here.
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.
This page hosts two free workshop Apps available to MEW readers and accompanied by articles in MEW issue 246 the 2016 Autumn Special.
Many amateur astronomers and some model engineers will be familiar with the friction-drive Crayford focuser used on may telescopes, which is typically far superior to rack and pinion arrangements. They may not be aware that its inventor, John Wall, named it after the Crayford House Astronomical Society, of which he was a member.
In MEW 240, April 2016, Alistair Sinclair revisits an old design by D.H. Downie.
This spreadsheet allows you to easily identify a suitable number of holes and turns for dividing with any indexing head.
This is a corrected table giving correct figures for dividing with the vertex HV6 dividing head.
David Thomas was interested to see the online '3D models' for a belt drive modification to an X3 Mill. He thought that his detailed model of L.C. Mason's Minnie traction engine design might provide further interest.
In MEW 236 we featured an article by David Thomas on converting an X3 mill to belt drive. You can download the 3D PDFs here. Subscribers Only
In the past climb milling was seen as bad practice, leading to broken cutters and spoiled work, but the advent of CNC and minimal backlash machines has seen it become a preferred approached under these circumstances.
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.
This handy accessory by A Longworth was first published in MEW 14, December/January 1995. The particularly clever aspect is a simple setting device.
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.
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!
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