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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 June 8th meeting was at my shop in Newtown.

Members brought a number of interesting items to the meeting, some of which are pictured below:

Gear Holder Gear in Holder
The gear holder at left is shown at right with the gear in place. This holder was used to repair the bull gear on a South Bend lathe where several teeth were missing. The holder allows indexing by one tooth position at a time so new teeth can be formed in the braze material.





Ht Set #1 Ht Set#2
Aids for setting lathe tool height. The one at left is held against the work with the other side resting on the tool tip, then tool height is adjusted to put the bubble in the middle. The aid on the right mounts in the tailstock chuck - it rests on the tool tip and the bubble is centered by adjusting tool height.

Petticoat for Steam Loco
This is a petticoat used to adjust the draft on the coal fire for a steam locomotive model.
Note the riveted construction - brazing might fail due to the heat.


Shop made Counterbore
A shop made counterbore from drill rod.



The July meeting will not be held due to vacation conflicts.
The August 10th meeting will be at Craig's shop in Cheshire.
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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