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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 May 20th meeting was at Frank's shop in Plainville, CT. At the meeting we decided to visit the Toplands Farm Open House and tractor show June 3rd in lieu of the June meeting.



Square CheckLever Drill At left is a squareness checker, note the arc at the lower right. A DTI is used to measure offset from square when the arc is held against the work.

At right is a lever drill to fit a lathe tailstock, makes drilling faster and easier.




A couple pictures from the Toplands Farm Open House on June 3, 2018.


A steam powered tractor driving a Baker fan. The Baker fan is used to test the power output of tractors. Note the wood at left rear on the tractor - this is the fuel used to produce steam in this machine. This is a "plains tractor" used in the mid-west to work large tracts of land.

This is a wood processing demo using a straight saw reciprocating, similar to a two man crosscut; here it is driven from the small tractor's power take-off. In the background is a wood splitter driven by a hit 'n miss engine. The splitter has a scary setup, easy to lose some fingers or a hand with this machine.


Another hit 'n miss engine, this one driving a water pump. Cooling is by evaporation from water in the well at the top of the engine; if you look closely you can see a little steam there.


One of the vendors brought a dozen cute baby goats (4 months old), unusual in that they have light blue eyes.



There will not be a meeting in July (vacation time).
The Location for the August meeting is still open, looking for a volunteer.
September meeting will be at Ted'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 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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Some Tools For Sale in Newtown

A former machinist (who I didn't know) recently passed away and his family would like to sell some of his tools to settle the estate.

The pictures below show some of the items available. The Gerstner tool chest is in excellent condition and includes the keys. Items in the chest are available separately. To the right are some of the tools, many are Starrett, B&S, etc. There is a planer gage not shown plus a number of other items. Several Starrett surface gages, including a couple older units with the attractive color case hardening. Several Starrett mics in sizes up to 6".

There are two tapping guides, the smaller is movable but the larger is bolted to the wood bench (the bench is available also). Files and some nice file handles. At right are the Delta drill press and a Chicago bench grinder.

Several drill indexes with a few missing drills. A Millers Falls sawzall and a small sander. A set of countersinks. A number of Greenlee type chassis punches. Some plug cutters in various sizes. Some woodworking hand tools. Lots of miscellaneous tools for the homeowner.

All this needs to be sold before May 27th. If you're interested in any or all of this, contact me via email and I'll provide contact info for the owner. I'm not really involved, just trying to help out.


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 Turners Cube Die Filer Eric's Clock Height Gage


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