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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 February 11th meeting was at Frank's shop in Plainville, CT.



Die Holder This die holder mounts in a lathe's tail stock and has adapters to allow it to hold different size dies - an adapter is shown just to the left of the unit.

The die holder includes a cone clutch operated by the lever; the die spins freely with the work until the clutch is activated by moving the lever toward the work.



Speed Changer Collet Chucks At left is a speed changer using planetary gears for a 3:1 ratio. Intended use is with a small chuck in a drill press to increase speed as needed for small drills.

At right are two collet chucks sized to fit an MT5 spindle. The top chuck is ER-40 with a purchased ball bearing nut. The bottom chuck holds 5C collets using a drawbar. Both chucks were hardened and then ground; the interiors were ground in the lathe they will be used with to ensure minimum runout.



The March 11th meeting will convene about 2pm at my shop in Newtown, CT.
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 since November 2008, mostly on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2pm, but we deviate from this with some regularity. The January meeting is not held since Cabin Fever conflicts, February has seen a couple meetings cancelled due to weather, 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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A Few Pictures from prior CTHSM Meetings

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