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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 November 9th meeting was at Bill Edgerton's shop in Norwalk.

Crank Gauge A crankshaft gauge was likely a helpful item in mechanic's toolboxes in the 1930's. Micrometers weren't as common in those days.

Delta 1296 This Delta 1296 drill sharpener was found at a flea market; it is complete and in good condition.

SuspensionPart of the suspension for a steam locomotive. Pieces were cut on a waterjet, cleaned carefully, and silver soldered together. Careful inspection shows the pins used to maintain alignment while silver soldering.

Music machine gearsBill Edgerton made a replacement wooden gear for one of his antique music machines where the original had worn and occasionally skipped. It's identical right down to the numbers!

The meeting moved from the shop to the music room where the picture below shows the CTHSM Group listening to music from the Nickelodeon.Group Picture

NickelodeonNickelodeon bottomAt left is the upper part of the Nickelodeon showing several of its instruments including drums, triangle, and symbal. These are real instruments that the machine plays, as directed by the paper roll in the bottom section, seen at right. Each roll has several tunes so you can put your nickel in and choose the tune you'd like from those on that roll.

Music LogPrior to actuating music machines with punched paper, several methods were used. Among these were "logs" containing metal pins to actuate the machine - imagine the labor needed to produce these! Each log had only a few tunes. Some machines didn't allow changing logs... and for those machines that did allow changing logs, consider the storage problem.

There are more pictures and info from a prior visit to Bill's music machine collection here.

The December 14th meeting will be at Frank Dorion's shop in Plainville.

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. February has seen a couple meetings cancelled due to weather, the April meeting has not been held since Cabin Fever's new schedule conflicts, 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 Meeting"

A Few Pictures from prior CTHSM Meetings

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