John Olsen improves the drive arrangements of this well made benchtop lathe.
This design for an adjustable lathe filing rest appeared in MEW 19, October-November 1993. It made the case that this design by Bob Fletcher allowed things like squares on turned work to be made more quickly and conveniently than by transferring the work to a a milling machine.
If bending metal strip is a vice and hammer job in your workshop, then this metal bender designed by Terry Gould is worth considering. It was described in MEW 18, August/September 1993 which also contained the free plan reproduced here. See also the swivel base which was described in the same issue.
Here is a very useful table of different wire gauge systems.
Featured in MEW 258 and following issues, this ingenious attachment allows both ordinary spur gears and helical gears to be made on a Myford lathe.
Download the Arduino Sketch for Silly Old Duffers's article on a Torsion Dynamometer in MEW 250 /255 using the link below.
Mr C M McEke (a member of Bristol SMEE) provided this novel design for a complete drill sharpening fixture, which was featured in a free plan given away with MEW 17, June/July 1993.
While many users are more than happy with the standard bearings fitted to Myford Super 7 lathes, some critics consider that roller bearings should have been fitted.
This review of different digital calipers was first published in MEW 248.
A useful article from the first issue of Model Engineer's Workshop by 'Bluey' - a pen-name of Stan Bray who was the first editor of MEW.
This little topslide by D. Scroggins uses a novel approach to the dovetail slides. It first appeared in MEW issue 16, April/May 1993, more details can be found in the archive copy of this issue.
You can download the source code for Silly Old Duffer's Arduino Indicator system, featured in MEW 249, here.
A. Longworth describes a method of sharpening the end faces of end mills and slot drill for those who have no access to a tool and cutter grinder. Reprinted from Model Engineers' Workshop number 14.
In MEW 240, April 2016, Alistair Sinclair revisits an old design by D.H. Downie.
This spreadsheet allows you to easily identify a suitable number of holes and turns for dividing with any indexing head.
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!
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.
Rhys Owen is a volunteer on this French preserved railway.
Duncan Webster and Paul Middlehurst co-operatively create a useful device.
A preview by Steve Eaton.
Keith Wraight weighs things up at Colchester.
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