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Connecticut HSM Group

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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 April 10th meeting was at Ralph's shop in New Hartford.

Ring Holder Ring Holders At left is a ring holder which allows the ring to be moved to the desired orientation and then locked in position with the handle. This facilitates engraving on the outside of the ring.
Below the ring holder is the jig used to make the collets which hold rings along with an example collet. The jig holds the collets by their ends for slitting; after slitting the loose pieces of the collets are held together by "O" rings.

At right are two more ring holders which mount in the vise on an engraver's ball, again allowing positioning to facilitate engraving.
Below the ring holders is a sharpening jig for jeweler's screw drivers.

Graver Sharpening Jigs Worm Gear At left are two graver sharpening jigs modeled after (expensive) commercial units.

At right is a worm gear hobbed using a spiral flute tap which was re-ground slightly to provide relief.

Wheel Jig

This jig is used to scribe the spokes on clock wheels. The pins at right are inserted in the holes as needed to achieve the desired width and taper to the spokes.

Once the spokes are scribed, the majority of the excess material is removed with a jeweler's saw and then filed to the scribed lines.

Turner's Cube This little turner's cube is 1" on a side and has a cube within the cube within the cube, i.e. 3 cubes in one! The special tools one must grind to make a turner's cube are delicate and tricky to grind, especially for this size cube.

The May 15th meeting will be at Bill's shop in Norwalk. This will be the last chance for members and spouses to see Bill's collection of antique music machines since they will be leaving for Florida in June.

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. 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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Pictures from our unusual "Music Machine Meetings"

A Few Pictures from prior CTHSM Meetings

GraverRest3 CTHSM_DiAcro Relief_Angle_Gauge CTHSM609 CTHSMAlexSaw RollieGS SilverBraze Rivett Ball Cutter CTHSMNov10 SketchUp Presentation CTHSM_Jan2011 Daves EnginesMar2011 Powder Coat Demo Apr2011 Steam Engine Wooden_Gears CTHSM_HotBlue CTHSM_Trike CTHSM_Master_MT4 CTHSM_MT2_Gauge CTHSM_Knife CTHSM_Ikea_Lamp CTHSM_Indicator CTHSM_Hole_Meas CTHSM_Parkerize CTHSM_CamVise CTHSM_Rifle CTHSM_UniVise CTHSM_AngleVise CTHSM_Ball_Handle CTHSM_Bishop CTHSM_Nemes CTHSM_wheel (1) CTHSM_Cow Catcher Ralph's Loco Locomotive Number Mike's Bender 5 cylinder air engine 4 cylinder air engine Eric's Divider Eric's Ball Cutter Screw slotter

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