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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!
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.
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