Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Canadian Machinery 2

So I managed to get through the best parts of the first two volumes of "Canadian Machinery" Lots of excellent articles on the foundry, the machine shop, power generation, steam engines, IC engines, producer gas plants and engines, lots of pictures and stories of the new machinery being produced in Canada and the US. Regular monthly serials on Machine Shop Methods and Devices, Developments in Machinery, Power Generation and Applications, and Foundry Practice and Equipment.

One very interesting article, illustrated with lots of pictures, the engineering learning facilities at McGill University in Montreal back in 1908. Amazing, there were huge industrial size electrical labs, engine research labs, a huge foundry with cupolas and an industrial size pouring floor, and a blacksmith shop with over a dozen forges and supporting equipment. Boy, you will not find that anymore, even the high schools are fazing out their shop installations nowadays, replaced by coding labs no doubt, and one day even coding will be replaced by IT robots. We will all be in trouble then, the robots will not need us anymore. lol.

So here are a handful of tips and jigs from the Machine Shop and Devices serial and a few more pictures of machinery from the first two volumes.

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I have tried this. A little rough, but if you take your time, in a pinch it works.

Nice time saver.

If you have seen this before, then you know where the plans are Advanced Projects.

If I get around to making a muller, there are some ideas here I would want to include.

King Machinery is headquartered in Montreal. Are they the same company?  Didn't check the company history but wow long lived if it is.

For those familiar with Dave Gingery's milling machine it's easy to see where some of the ideas for his design came from. Many versions of this universal were built in the early part of the last century.

They built them heavy back then.

This is about as big as the shaper got. I have seen newer pictures of a 36" stroke in a navy manual .

A picture of the Smith shop at McGill University in Montreal in 1908.

Fortunately the sad state of affairs in engineering training I mentioned earlier may be overstated. I found this picture on the web a few years back. The picture is of an engineering lab at an American mid-western University.That is a shop built mini-cupola, looks like 10" bore with pre-heated blast air built in. Brilliant white indicates good iron temperature, fuel is coke no doubt. Very nice.