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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 13th meeting was at Craig's shop in Cheshire.



This disc micrometer can be adjusted to sizes from 1" to 8" in increments of 1". The black spacers are plastic covering precision ground 1" or 2" sections to allow these adjustments. This is a beautifully made instrument with a very nice feel when turning the spindle. Disc Mic



This Japanese style knife is under construction by our youngest member. The blade is 1/4" thick so it is qute heavy; it is air hardening steel and will be hardened shortly. It's stout enough to work as a hatchet or a knife. Knife



Eric's Clock At left is Eric's recently completed weight driven wall clock.

At right is a versatile indicator holder, shown with a DTI and a long travel indicator mounted. Indicator Holder



Some air powered engravers, typically used on hard materials like steel. Air power engravers

Form Tool At left is a form tool holder with several 1/8" bits stacked to make up the form. Each bit is ground independently and their relative extension from the other bits can be varied as desired. The bits are then held securely by the tool. The brass part shown is produced with the setup shown.

The two scriber guides shown are mainly used for wood working. The scribe or pencil projects through one of the holes near the end of the brass pieces to mark the work. Scriber Guides



The December 11th 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 getarea 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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A Few Pictures from prior CTHSM Meetings

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