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The Model Engineers Workshop Free Plan Collection

Over the first few years following its launch in 1990, MEW regularly included a free pull-out plan. These plans covered a diverse range of tools, from a filing rest to a simple lathe.

Neil Wyatt16/05/2014 15:09:45
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I'm delighted to announce that, thanks to the sterling efforts of forum member Nick Farr, I will be able to put each of the free plans published with MEW between 1990 and 1994 on this website.

The article HERE will also act as an index page.

Limitations on how we can handle big images means that each plan is presented as a pair of jpegs of the whole thing, but at fairly low resolution. These act as a guide for assembling the plan from overlapping scans in a series of printable pdfs.

The first plan is for a Rotary Table.

Neil

Harry Wilkes16/05/2014 16:44:56
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Thanks to all concerned.

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Michael Gilligan16/05/2014 16:55:15
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Well done, folks!

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modeng200016/05/2014 16:56:37
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Excellent Neil, many thanks.

John

Thor16/05/2014 17:11:17
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Good work Neil and Nick, much appreciated.

Thor

Edited By Thor on 16/05/2014 17:11:41

Rik Shaw16/05/2014 17:18:11
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Everyone loves a freebie - thanks chaps.

Rik

Neil Wyatt16/05/2014 17:42:33
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The real thanks must go to Nick, he's done a mammoth job.

Looking at a couple of back issues, I don't know if all of the plans had accompanying articles, but some certainly do. If anyone comes across any errors or errata printed in later issues, please post them here.

Neil

Ady116/05/2014 18:06:53
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Free is always popular.

If you put the pdfs into a single file and view them "view / page layout / facing" you get a better perspective

rt1.jpg

rt2.jpg

Edited By Ady1 on 16/05/2014 18:14:20

Michael Gilligan16/05/2014 18:21:30
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I've just loaded the two big PDFs into GoodReader on the iPad.

They are legible at "fit screen" and I can "pinch-zoom" to see detail at pixel level.

Absolutely superb work, Nick ... Couldn't ask for better

Thanks

MichaelG.

mark mc16/05/2014 18:28:39
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Sweet, free plans are always nice. Thanks.

Boiler Bri16/05/2014 19:25:36
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Nice, as a Yorkshire man FREEEEE sound cheap and inviting.

Well done Neil

Bri

Derek Drover16/05/2014 21:03:05
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I gather there was once a design published in MEW for a weir pump suitable for the runningboard of 5" loco's... any chance of this appearing??

Ta

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Neil Wyatt16/05/2014 21:47:38
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Sorry Derek, that was ME, indeed I think several such 'running board' pumps have appeared in ME over the years in varying levels of detail. You can, of course, lobby Diane to see if she can republish one!

Neil

Robbo16/05/2014 23:19:57
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Splendid work chaps!

Re the rotary table, this was in the very first issue of MEW, and although titled "Rotary Table" on the drawings was described by the author as "A Rotary Milling Device", and was a simple substitute for the conventional rotary table, not having the worm drive etc. The usual job of rounding off coupling rods is mentioned as a reason for it. It was intended to be mounted on a vertical slide on a Myford lathe.

The accompanying article covered 4 pages, but only about 2 pages worth were about building the table. The rest was taken up with pictures of locos and a traction engine. These days it would attract comment about unnecessary padding because of the pictures!

Phil

Neil Wyatt17/05/2014 09:51:09
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The only unnecessary padding around MEW these days is just north of my waistband

Neil

Neil Wyatt25/05/2014 18:05:39
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A new free plan has been uploaded today - Stan Bray's swing clear rear toolpost.

Neil

Mark P.25/05/2014 19:54:51
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Splendid Neil,have been thinking of a rear tool post over the last week or so.

Regards Mark P.

Gone Away27/05/2014 18:19:41
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The link for the Swing Clear Rear Toolpost on the Free Plan Collection Page seems to be screwed up.

Unlike the link for the Rotary Table - which leads to another page listing the pdf's for the various pages - this one leads directly to the pdf for page-8 (only) of the plan.

JasonB27/05/2014 18:36:32
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Thanks OMG, I think I have fixed that now. Also added some thumbnails to replace the red X

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Edited By JasonB on 27/05/2014 19:24:05

Neil Wyatt27/05/2014 21:14:42
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Thanks for straightening those out Jason.

I like the thumbnail.

Neil

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