Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1963

In this weeks Shop Notes highlights is a nice little collection of projects. For the model enthusiast, the first project is a nice little live steam engine and torch fired boiler, easy construction and avoids the more involved machining operations.

Next is a great lathe measuring gauge project. This is one project I will have to build if I ever get my South Bend rebuilt. Turning to finished size would be so much easier with this great accessory.

The next project is a compound rest for wood lathes. These accessories are very useful if you only turn metal on occasion and can't justify investing in a metal turning lathe. When I got my Delta/Rockwell lathe, a compound rest was included in the auction, I have used it for a number of small jobs including turning the worn commutator on my Massey Ferguson tractor starter.

For cutting accurate parts like wood gears, the next project is a nice precision indexer for your jigsaw, (even better on your bandsaw), nice.

There is a nice early concept plan for a table saw sled, from R.J. DeCristofore, versatile, does many operations.

If you liked the earlier tumbler project, here is another one. This one, a quart-size 4-gang tumbler for polishing small parts and gem stones.

For articles you will find another nice article on doing small home sand casting. Enjoy, should be something here for everyone.

Heres the link to download Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Highlights 1963. 3.4 MB pdf.