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By popular demand, here are downloadable versions of the MEW Drill Size Chart.
The following note and accompanying table appeared in Model Engineers' Workshop Issue 292, April 2020.
Peter Gabelish got in touch after reader Andre Rousseau told him about our Apollo cover last year, he passed on this remarkable story and photograph.
Richard Ganderton's article from Model Engineer, 1st November 1974 describing his own approach to the Myford Wide Guide conversion.
Look at almost any modern hobby lathe, and you will see that it is fitted with a square block toolpost, capable of holding four tools. In practice, you can usually tell anyone who has tried to run their lathe with four tools fitted by the plasters on their hands! Dave Lammas came up with a simple and elegant solution – the three way toolpost, a design that doesn’t leave you with a tool pointing straight out at the lathe operator. Dave Lammas was a prolific writer in Model Engineer and Model Engineers’ Workshop, covering subjects ranging from quirky models to an advanced hardness tester. The three-way toolpost originally appeared in ME in 1985, and the design was so effective it became really popular and universally known as the ‘Lammas Toolpost’, and can be made in a size to suit any lathe. In 1995 a posthumous article in MEW introduced the idea to MEW readers. It’s possible to carve one out of a solid block of steel or cast iron, but three sizes of casting are available from Blackgates Engineering that make machining a relatively straightforward exercise. -Neil Wyatt Subscribers Only
This reprint is of a series featured in Model Engineer from July 1976 to January 1981.
Jason Ballamy demonstrates dividing as part of his Milling for Beginners series.
Chris Gill describes two phone apps he has created to help in the home workshop. The apps are designed to run on the phone operating systems (Android, Windows) or in a standard desktop browser. The apps are Geometry, which handles several calculations in plane geometry and MetalBender, which makes calculations for using a bending brake.
Thanks to the generosity of Alibre, Model Engineers' Workshop Magazine is able to offer every reader of Model Engineers' Workshop a free six-month licence to Alibre Atom3D. Alongside this great opportunity, starting with issue 274 of Model Engineers' Workshop we are running a detailed tutorial series in the magazine. This page will be the 'hub' for links to example files, tutorials and more so make sure you drop in regularly to keep up to date!
This free plan designed by Neil Wyatt first appeared in MEW 239, March 2016. It has been 3D modelled in Alibre Atom3D for us by Alibre.
This article by Chris Farnell first appeared in 'Maker World' magazine. Apologies for the radical header photo! Let's hope it's lead-free solder, eh?
This horizontal milling attachment by J. Neave is designed to overcome the shortcomings of running a milling arbour between centres. The design used two castings but these could be replaced by triangular blocks of suitable material.
This design by Bill Morris is an excellent test of your skill in working to tight tolerances.
John Olsen improves the drive arrangements of this well made benchtop lathe.
The editor went to visit a Model Engineers’ Workshop
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.
This page is for downloading the change wheel spreadsheet to accompany R. Finch's article in MEW 264.
In MEW 162, Darren Conway described a 3D printed nose protectors for lathes with an L00 spindle nose. This article includes a link to an STL file you can use to print your own.
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.
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