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April 2010 Group Photo

April 2010 Group Picture

Home Shop Machining in Connecticut

There are hobby machinist groups scattered around the USA including a small HSM group in Connecticut. Our CTHSM group is congenial and freewheeling: no rules, no dues, just people getting together to learn new techniques plus share thoughts on machining and other topics that arise. Meetings are held in member shops, nominally on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm. Anyone interested in attending a meeting please contact me (via the link below on this page)for more info and travel directions.

The March 8th meeting was at Frank's shop in Plainville.






Ball Cutter At left is the ball cutter used to make the rounded items in the picture at right. The pushrods will be part of a scale model steam engine


Two Chucks At left are the type of tools used to produce a concave section at the bottom of a cylinder, as seen in the part at bottom left in the right hand picture. The right picture shows 2 partially finished chucks for the rose engine ornamental lathe.
  At lower right is the chuck assembled, the remaining items are the parts for the second chuck. Note the large bolt with the head rounded underneath - this fits the concave surface in the part at lower left.
  This unusual type of 4 jaw chuck allows zeroing the runout near the chuck plus changing the work's angle (via the rounded bolt) to zero runout away from the chuck.



This locomotive truck includes the brake assembly shown at the last CTHSM meeting -- PROGRESS!!!!  Loco Truck



The April meeting will not be held due to a conflict with Cabin Fever Expo in York, PA. The May 17th meeting will be at Ralph's shop in New Hartford.

As usual, bring items for demonstration and/or discussion. Plus items for the sale/swap/free table.


Home shop machining is often a solitary hobby, as are most hobbies now according to "Bowling Alone". The CTHSM group is an attempt to get area HSM's to know one another and thus make our hobby a little less solitary.

The much larger NEMES HSM group is 2-3 hours away so we share some members and occasionally have visitors from that group.

CTHSM Meeting Schedule

The CTHSM group has been meeting for several years now, mostly on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2pm, but we deviate from this with some regularity. February has seen a couple meetings cancelled due to weather, the April meeting has not been held since Cabin Fever's new schedule conflicts, the May meeting is on the 3rd Sunday to avoid a conflict with Mother's Day, and we don't meet in July because many members are on vacation. Over time our meeting schedule has become predictably irregular...


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