Showing posts with label Canadian Machinery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canadian Machinery. Show all posts

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Canadian Machinery 3

So here are some more short articles and machinery pictures from the 1911 volume of Canadian Machinery magazine.

Now thats a belt sander


There are a couple of good ideas for the larger crucible furnace here.


Nice jig for the bench grinder.



The picture above was in the Canadian machinery magazine, I thought I had seen it before, sure enough I found the write up with the picture below in one of the ICS textbooks.

 Nice idea for a mini cupola

I seem to have a liking for these older radial drills, might be a nice project to build a small, scaled down, fully working, model.


 You will need a source of compressed air but I don't think there's much this beast couldn't melt.




Very nice shop sized turret lathe. Just the machine if you are producing a number of parts requiring up to half a dozen repetitive operations quickly.


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.



Monday, March 19, 2018

Canadian Machinery

So I spent the morning rediscovering my collection of Canadian Machinery magazine from early in the last century. I quickly found out why I have not touched them for the last ten years. They are addictive, once you get started it's hard to stop. I have over 2.2 gigs worth, from vol. 4 to vol. 25-21 so getting through the collection involves months not days.

Canadian Machinery paralleled American Machinist early in the last century and contained similar subject matter with a Canadian twist. The companies profiled, new machine designs and manufactures and the workshop and foundry articles where all from a Canadian view point. The shear number of new machinery displayed in each issue is astounding. Some very nice hunks of iron were being produced back then. The art of sand casting was in its hay day and what better way to display it than in the machinery being produced.


Recall the lathe gear milling attachment in the post Workshop Eye Candy, well here is his much older and larger brother. This much larger attachment does the same and more and is vertically adjustable to produce a greater variety of sizes depending on the swing of your lathe.


A fine example of a 16" engine lathe in 1908.


The chain drive never caught on, but what these guys did with a monster hunk of iron is nothing short of beautiful.


Boy heres one I would love to have, a very nicely proportioned mid size shaper.



And here is my new set of bench rolls, lol.


There are lots of good articles in every issue covering machining procedures tips and tricks, casting and foundry work, pattern making and molding methods and many other industrial processes. Interesting articles such as running engines on wood producer gas and on and on. I'm sure I will be uploading much more from these fine old magazines.

Here is an article on molding machine practice that accompanied a picture and write up on a new molding machine.Click twice depending on your monitor size for best view.