Showing posts with label novice machinist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label novice machinist. Show all posts

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Novice Machinist 6 - Bending Jig

This project is also from "Machine Shop Projects". This project is a versatile bending jig. It looks like a great little plan for bending flat stock up to 3/4" wide, into hooks, circles and scroll work. A must for the smith that does decorative metalwork such as gates or railings.



Novice Machinist 5 - Small Tools

So here are 3 more plans for the novice machinist to practice his skills in the machine shop with. These small tools are must haves for the small shop and it is always satisfying to work with tools you have made yourself.

This group and the following post of a bending jig come from "Machine Shop Projects" by Roy E. Knight, and published by McKnight Publishing, originally published in 1943, this second edition in 1982.

These were originally published as project manuals for machinist students in the schools. I mentioned it before and it is unfortunate, but many schools are phasing out this kind of training. I guess what the manufacturing industry needs now-a-days is code writers and programmers. The few jobs that still require "get your hands dirty" machinists have all been shipped overseas or are limited to small "design concept" or "one-of" shops.

First up is a nice depth gauge that will find lots of use in any shop.


Various lathe tooling, wood or metal turning, will benefit greatly if you can turn accurate Morse tapers such as the MT 2's used here.


A versatile V-Block and clamp is just the thing for accurate working of round stock.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Novice Machinist 4 - Two Vises

So here are a couple of more advanced projects for the novice machinist. The first, a model makers vise, is very handy for doing small work on the workbench. It is all made from cold finished steel (crs).

The second vise is a nice woodworking vice. If you have been looking for a nice aluminum casting project, this might be it. Many years ago when I built my first melting furnace, a drill press vise was one of the first projects I did. This plan is a little more advanced but I would not consider it difficult. The patterns are relatively straight foreword, note the draft lines in the drawing. Draft is generous in the deep section to ease pattern withdrawal from the mold, without damage.

Both of these plans will produce very useful shop accessories that are becoming quite expensive in the retail market, and you will have the satisfaction of having made them yourself.





Novice Machinist 3 - More Small Tools

So here are 5 more small tool plans from "Metal Projects Book 3". These projects are excellent, useful, projects for the beginning hobby machinist. If you own one of the inexpensive import lathes and/or mills, or even better have built your own, these will get you started with set-ups and procedures. Materials are mostly crs (cfs), tool steel, and aluminum, materials that are easy to source and work with.






Monday, December 3, 2018

Novice Machinist 2 - Small Tools

As mentioned in the Novice Machinist 1 post I have a few books of projects for the student machinist. These are full of small tool and accessory projects that are both, instructive learning exercises for the novice machinist, and useful tooling for the hobby shop. Degree of difficulty ranges from simple to advanced, with the majority of projects falling between. Look for other posts from these books titled as "Novice Machinist ...".

These projects were designed for the student machinist. I can't stress enough the need to exercise safety practices in the shop. The lock on your shop door should not let you in, until you put your safety glasses on, no exceptions, and I know your tempted, I am, but never clear swarf with your fingers while a machine is running, if you enjoy having fingers.

The first book is titled "Metal Projects Book 3" by John R. Walker and published by Goodheart-Willcox in 1977. There are 3 or 4 good posts here. I will start today with 4 small tools that will find use around the shop. The accuracy of a tool like the adjustable square will be the biggest challenge, in this little collection.

These drawings are sized to be comfortable to work with. To save, first expand to maximum size (may require two clicks depending on your tech.) and then click "save as".





So we got nailed with 15-20 cm. yesterday and over night. Those snow banks are starting to get deep already and we just started into December. As one CBC comedian said "Damn it Winter slow down, at this rate you won't have any snow left for March." LOL. In my case thats probably April, those Torontonians are spoiled. LOL.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Novice Machinist 1 - Machine Stops

So here are plans for 3 machine stops for the novice machinist. These come in handy around the workshop no matter what material you work with, for producing repeat cuts and finishing to a positive stop. I have at least three books full of small novice projects like this, I'll post more in the future.

I found this plan on the web back in 2006, so the source escapes me now. G.W. Farquhar did the fine drawings.