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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 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 October 12th meeting was at my shop in Newtown. Unfortunately, our group's photographer wasn't able to attend and I failed to take pictures.

Items shown included attempts to make a sharp bend in large copper pipe using Cerrobend. This is more challenging than one might anticipate. Failure modes included cracks in the copper pipe being bent.

A replacement axle for a ring bender whose axle failed was shown. The failed axle was interesting in that the failure began at a drilled hole and propagated along a shoulder - a textbook type failure following the stress risers.

An antique distance measuring device used on a horse drawn wagon to count wheel revolutions was displayed. The predecessor to the axle mounted counters now seen on semi trailers.



The November 9th meeting will be at Bill Edgerton's shop in Norwalk.

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.


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