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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 8th meeting was at Craig's shop in Cheshire, CT.



 DTI Holders
The top bar has a hardened ball at the right end, drilled (carefully, with a carbide drill) to hold the spigot shown on the DTI holder. This allows the DTI to pivot vertically and to rotate; the ball can be locked using the screw shown which will have a knurled knob added when complete.
Both DTI holders were drilled and sawn to leave a flexure point to provide find adjustment of the DTI via a screw on the top (not shown). Each DTI holder has a small dovetail on the end which can be clamped on the DTI with the screw in the hole shown.



Taper Gauge
This is an interesting gadget for measuring tapers. It is a miniature sine bar where a micrometer is used to set the height directly rather than gage blocks.The length of the sine bar is 1 inch so the micrometer reads the taper in thousandths per inch directly.

Gage Blocks
This is a small set of shop made gauge blocks in Imperial sizes. They're in an old micrometer box which includes their history written on the inside of the cover. I searched on the net and found an Andrew Gyurko born in 1916 who lived in Torrington, which would be about the right age. And you can look up his address, 68 Pythian Ave, on Google Maps and the street view shows a house that looks like it may have been there in 1940.



The May 20th meeting will convene about 2pm at Frank's shop in Plainville, CT.
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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