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Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops

Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops

The topic of 'health and safety' is not always the most popular with many hobby engineers who can view any advice on how to manage their workshops as an intrusion. Nonetheless, regular forum discussions reveal that, from time to time, there are some close calls and unpleasant accidents in our workshops. It harms no-one to make sound advice on workshop safety readily available, particularly to beginners who are in a position to learn the habits of safe working.

Indexes to Model Engineers Workshop

Indexes to Model Engineers Workshop

Several different indexes are maintained for Model Engineers' Workshop by third parties. This page give links to those we are aware of and brief details of each one.

Free Plan: A Toolmakers' Hammer

Free Plan: A Toolmakers' Hammer

Our latest free plan originally appeared in issue 8 of Model Engineers' Workshop, December 1991/January 1992. This design by Derek winks was described as 'unique' at the time, and though is is possible to purchase combined magnifier/hammers they seem to lack the elegance of this design.

Using the CZ Metal Bender

Using the CZ Metal Bender

The CZ Metal Bender is a small but versatile device for bending relatively narrow sheet metal parts. Its flexibility mostly arises from its ability to bend complex shapes and to produce both small radii and relatively sharp bends.

Stepperhead Lathe Construction - Technical Notes

Stepperhead Lathe Construction - Technical Notes

These technical notes have been prepared by Alan Jackson to complement his series on the Stepperhead Lathe which appears in Model Engineers’ Workshop magazine, issues 188-210, 218-219, 223-224. Subscribers Only

A Self-Feeding Facing Tool

A Self-Feeding Facing Tool

This short article provides the essential details to allow the experienced hobby engineer to make a facing tool with automatic feed. Subscribers Only

Free Plan: A Simple Lathe

Free Plan: A Simple Lathe

Most of us who own a lathe with a centre height of 3 inches or more at times feel we would like a smaller one for those fiddly bits. This design for such a lathe by the late Mr J.T. Bergin appeared in issue 7 of MEW with the kind permission of Mrs Bergin.

Free Plan: A Simple to Use Dividing Device

Free Plan: A Simple to Use Dividing Device

This dividing device takes an unconventional approach. Designed by Al Longworth, it appeared in MEW issue 6, August/September 1991.

Martin Cleeve's Rack Tailstock Designs

Martin Cleeve's Rack Tailstock Designs

In 1956 The Model Engineer published a design for a Myford rack tailstock modification, 'the Rack Tailstock' by Martin Cleeve. In 1960 it published a revised version for the EW lathe.

Lathe Bearings

Lathe Bearings

In The Model Engineer, issue 2427 of November 27 1947, E.H. Doughty, then Chief Technical Engineer of British Timken Ltd. wrote a lengthy technical letter to refute and address some of the adverse comment that had been made about roller bearings.

Norden, A Nineteenth Century Mill Engine to 1:12 Scale

Norden, A Nineteenth Century Mill Engine to 1:12 Scale

In the 22 March 2013 issue of Model Engineer, Neil Wyatt introduced a series describing the construction of 'Norden', an unusual vertical steam engine based on a small sketch in an old issue of ME. The series ran from issue 4452 until issue 4472 in alternate (even numbered) issues. All the articles are available in the online archive.

Free Plan: A Clutch for the ML7 Lathe

Free Plan: A Clutch for the ML7 Lathe

This design by Alan Buttulph addresses the construction of a clutch for ML7 lathes. Ingeniously, by fitting the clutch to the countershaft, construction is relatively straight forward. The article, in Issue 5 of Model Engineers' Workshop that accompanies these plans is available in the archive on this website*.

WORKSHOP LIGHTING

WORKSHOP LIGHTING

This article by Mike Haughton in Model Engineers' Workshop 215 was well received. It's a very practical and informative survey of the options for lighting your workshop.

Use of Magnetic Chucks for Milling and Turning

Use of Magnetic Chucks for Milling and Turning

Following questions on the use of magnetic chucks for milling and turning, we have been supplied the following manuals for the use of Eclipse magnetic chucks.

Free Plan: Light Duty Filing Machine

Free Plan: Light Duty Filing Machine

This neat little filing machine is another design from Stan Bray, the original editor of Model Engineers' Workshop. It appeared in issue 4 of MEW, April/May 1991.

Nicholson The Guide to Files and Filing

Nicholson The Guide to Files and Filing

The Nicholson File Company has been producing guides to the use of files since at least 1878. Here are links to both one of the earliest and one of the latest versions of their guidance.

3-Phase Conversion and Other Alternative Methods of Powering a Mini-Lathe

3-Phase Conversion and Other Alternative Methods of Powering a Mini-Lathe

After much experimentation with different ways of powering my mini-lathe on a keep it going basis, I finally decided to go the whole hog and install an inverter and 3-phase motor – to give me variable frequency drive. This is the whole story.

Mini Lathe Changewheel Tables

Mini Lathe Changewheel Tables

These tables complement the article "Universal Thread Cutting on a Mini Lathe" by Neil Wyatt in Model Engineers' Workshop issue 204.

Free Plan: Festive Port Pourer

Free Plan: Festive Port Pourer

This 'Victorian' Port Pourer appeared as a free plan and 3 1/2 page article in issue 3 of MEW, winter 1990. If nothing else it proves that Stan Bray was willing to experiment with the range of topics covered by the magazine!

Screw Thread Measurement Utility

Screw Thread Measurement Utility

The purpose of this program is to assist in the measurement of screw threads by the 'three wire method' of placing three wires of the correct size across the thread to be measured, two on one side and one on the other, in the 'V' of the thread and measuring across the wires with a micrometer. Subscribers Only

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