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Take a photograph that sums up the spirit of home-workshop engineering. The subject can be anything that reflects what you achieve in your home workshop, from a home-made machine tool to the intense concentration on the face of someone carrying out a delicate machining operation. The challenge is to take a picture that captures the spirit of home workshop engineering, rather than just documenting a tool or a process.
Another design from Mt G. Gray. Following on from his lathe-mounted bandsaw this is a neat design for a filing machine that can also used with fretsaw blades. It first appeared in issue 12 of Model Engineers' Workshop, August/September 1992 - more details can be found by looking up this issue in the online archive*.
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.
Please be warned, this article involves scenes of severe cruelty to a small lathe, and set-ups that are decidedly risky. The author produced the subject of the article many years ago and has since learned how lucky he was to get away with it... Right-click and 'view image' to see bigger pictures and plans.
This excellent design is by Bob Loader, who wrote many excellent articles on accessories for Unimat lathes for Model Engineers' Workshop. This chuck is designed to be made on the small lathe, so it has rather unconventional construction. The accompanying details are in issue 11 of Model Engineers' Workshop, June/July 1992, available in the online archive*.
Once in a while someone designs something really innovative which at first sight you would think it would take the world by storm. Sadly because of entrenched viewpoints, vested interest and maybe a lack of marketing skills such good ideas do not always achieve the recognition they deserve. The Metal Master (Impetus) machine tool by David Urwick is one such innovation. It is still not clear to us why this idea did not take off. The machine is ideal for the small home machinist workshop and would avoid the somewhat larger investment in cash and the space required for multiple machines to achieve the same manufacturing capability. This is a reduced version of an article published in Model Engineers' Workshop Issue 225, February 2015, and includes a download link (below) for the most complete documentation for the Metal Master.
The 2014 Model Engineer Exhibition in Sandown, Surrey is shaping up to be a great success with an exceptional array of outstanding models on display. Neil Wyatt reports on the first day of the exhibition (12 December 2014).
A reprint of Norman A. Ough's 1954 Model Engineer article.
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.
Over the years Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop have featured many home-built tools, not least several lathes. In 1959 Model Engineer ran a six part series on an impressive 3 1/2" centre height lathe built by George B. Round. Subscribers Only
The topic of 'health and safety' is not always the most popular with many hobby engineers who can view any advice on how to manage their workshops as an intrusion. Nonetheless, regular forum discussions reveal that, from time to time, there are some close calls and unpleasant accidents in our workshops. It harms no-one to make sound advice on workshop safety readily available, particularly to beginners who are in a position to learn the habits of safe working.
Several different indexes are maintained for Model Engineers' Workshop by third parties. This page give links to those we are aware of and brief details of each one.
Our latest free plan originally appeared in issue 8 of Model Engineers' Workshop, December 1991/January 1992. This design by Derek winks was described as 'unique' at the time, and though is is possible to purchase combined magnifier/hammers they seem to lack the elegance of this design.
The CZ Metal Bender is a small but versatile device for bending relatively narrow sheet metal parts. Its flexibility mostly arises from its ability to bend complex shapes and to produce both small radii and relatively sharp bends.
These technical notes have been prepared by Alan Jackson to complement his series on the Stepperhead Lathe which appears in Model Engineers’ Workshop magazine, issues 188-210, 218-219, 223-224. Subscribers Only
This short article provides the essential details to allow the experienced hobby engineer to make a facing tool with automatic feed. Subscribers Only
Most of us who own a lathe with a centre height of 3 inches or more at times feel we would like a smaller one for those fiddly bits. This design for such a lathe by the late Mr J.T. Bergin appeared in issue 7 of MEW with the kind permission of Mrs Bergin.
This dividing device takes an unconventional approach. Designed by Al Longworth, it appeared in MEW issue 6, August/September 1991.
In 1956 The Model Engineer published a design for a Myford rack tailstock modification, 'the Rack Tailstock' by Martin Cleeve. In 1960 it published a revised version for the EW lathe.
In The Model Engineer, issue 2427 of November 27 1947, E.H. Doughty, then Chief Technical Engineer of British Timken Ltd. wrote a lengthy technical letter to refute and address some of the adverse comment that had been made about roller bearings.
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