I am not yet retired (that hopefully is a long way off yet) but I have been buying tools and kits most of my life and now have a reasonably well equipped workshop, apart from the occasional tap and die or small tool. Prior to becoming editor of Model Engineers’ Workshop, I spent most of my life working, usually on night shift and then had little time to go out into the workshop. That has changed since becoming editor, mainly due to the fact that I am working from home and don’t have a couple of hours travelling to and from work every day.
A lot of interests
I am interested in many things, probably too many and I need to limit my interests a little bit. My main interests are 16mm scale 32mm gauge garden railways, small stationary steam engines and also small stationary petrol engines. I have several steam engines unstarted, mainly Stuart but I also have one bought from eBay, the US site and a couple from Reeves in the UK. I managed to pick up a Red Wing stationary petrol engine kit from eBay as the cost of importing it from the US was prohibitive. I would also like to get hold of castings for the large Stuart horizontal engine no 9 and the vertical no 1.
Milling in the lathe
Next month we will look at boring tool holders suitable for turning and threading the small diameters found in piston and valve rod glands.
|Lever Feed Tailstock|
as shown in "Practical Engineer Part 5" By Norm. Williams
by Norm. Williams
|Fixing metal dowels|
As a beginner, I need the process detailed (no instructions in kit) By Bill Rule
by Bill Rule
|The practical engineer - part 4|
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