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Mike Waldron23/04/2022 19:35:58
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I have been reading Edgar Westbury’s articles of 1942 on building the ‘ME Capstan Attachment for Small Lathes”, and came across this phrase on page 500 of the 21st May 1942 edition:

”Information on the design and operation of automatic indexing and locking gear was obtained from THE MODEL ENGINEER handbook, “Capstan and Turret Lathes”….”

Does anyone have such a publication? Or access to a copy?


DC31k23/04/2022 19:48:30
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You could ask a Mike Waldron, who claims in this thread to have the pdfs...

It is available on Abebooks:

David George 123/04/2022 19:56:49
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Having been an operator of capstan lathes around 1970 ish making things like 500,000 screws for a missile launcher axles for caravans, and parts for RR aerospace ie 1/4 UNC studs by the thousand. Is there anything you need to know about capstan lathes.


Mike Waldron23/04/2022 20:33:03
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David: you’re a star!
Thanks again for the availability of your know-how!

It’s just that I’d like to read that particular text, really. I already have a book on the subject, but not actually the one mentioned… so I wondered if it was still obtainable, or accessible.

I’m fairly acquainted with Ian Bradley’s work, under the Duplex name, but I’ve not come across much of Edgar Westbury’s writings except the Capstan Attachment articles.

Rest assured I’ll be on the email again for tips and wrinkles, thanks again David!


Trevor Drabble23/04/2022 21:47:21
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Mike , I have a copy available with damaged cover , but am afraid it will be some time before l can look for it . Trevor.

steamdave23/04/2022 23:14:17
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I also have a copy but postage from Ireland will be quite expensive. If you can wait until July time, I will be in Blighty then if you haven't been satisfied beforehand.

The Emerald Isle

Mike Waldron24/04/2022 18:00:37
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Thanks for your responses, and apologies for ‘senior moment’ repetition of the subject.
I hadn’t been able to access some of the previous suggestions, so had given up on the thread, but have now found the copy as advertised on Abebooks, so will progress down that route.

Further: I did try and discover whether ‘Ned’s’ article ever extended to the automatic chuck that was mentioned in the text as possible (back in the day) but I don’t think we ever found an answer to that query.


Bill Davies 224/04/2022 22:18:48
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Not identical text, but is this related to the article that Mike has mentioned? Dated 1941.

I know it doesn't answer Mike's question, but others may be interested in this article.


Bill Davies 225/04/2022 12:46:19
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A simplified diagram of the capstan indexing and stops mechanism is shown on page 19:

Capstan and turret mechanism


Mike Waldron25/04/2022 17:20:11
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Went for the book on capstan lathes only to find someone else had bought it first!!


ok which of you was it?

Edited By Mike Waldron on 25/04/2022 17:20:47

Bill Davies 225/04/2022 17:56:13
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Posted by Bill Davies 2 on 24/04/2022 22:18:48:

Not identical text, but is this related to the article that Mike has mentioned? Dated 1941.

I know it doesn't answer Mike's question, but others may be interested in this article.


Try again...

Small lathe capstan

David-Clark 125/04/2022 19:22:48
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Any book on ward and Herbert capstan lathes might be useful as well.

Peter Ellis 525/04/2022 20:49:21
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I have an an attachment as per the original article and I probably have the book as well.

Peter Ellis 526/04/2022 04:06:40
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Confirmed. Yes I do. It is about setting them up rather than making one as per the ME article, though.



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