DVDsA collection of videos by W.R Smith
Tooling the Workshop$60.00
This 2-hour video is extremely detailed and offers many things: See how a bench lathe can be configured to do horizontal milling work by the use of an inexpensive mill drill spindle. See how a simple riser block can allow vertical milling on the same lathe. Learn to use the dividing plate and mill/drill spindle for cutting gears and pinions. Watch the free hand grinding of sheet metal drills, which cut a truly circular hole in extremely thin metal. Examine a simple motor mount for driving mill/drill spindles on three axes. Learn how simple it is to make an index plate from scratch and without the need for another dividing plate or index head. Watch how slide locks can be added to a Sherline lathe. See the hand turning of hardened and tempered steel in a Sherline lathe using the W. R. Smith T-rest, now being offered by Sherline. See how to make a saw table for the T-rest. Learn how to make a filing rest and index a Sherline lathe for filing triangles, squares, hexes, etc. Learn the free-hand grinding of fly cutters and the hardening of them by the disappearing shadow method. Then watch the tempering of these cutters by the heat/color method. See how easily carbon steel parts can be blued with heat for a nice finish.
Graver Making and Hand Turning$60.00
Gravers for hand turning operations are among the most useful of all cutting tools available. Because they are used freehand, considerable time can be saved by avoiding the need for form tools. And they are fast. Thus, this 2-hour video is a must for clockmakers and modelmakers. For example, a 1/16” OD pivot 3/16” long can be cut on a 1/8” OD tempered steel rod, the end of the pivot rounded and the shoulder chamfered in less than 1-minute.
Wheel Cutting, Pinion Making and Depthing$60.00
This 2-hour video, made in the W. R. Smith workshop, explains in details the methods for calculating clock wheels and pinions using the wheel cutter module, M. These yield the circular pitch, the wheel blank OD, the lantern pinion pitch circle diameter and the pinion pin diameters.
This 2-hour video is filled with unusual workshop tooling & techniques. Learn eight ways to index a lathe, including CNC. Learn how to make index plates from scratch. See the cutting of internal and external teeth on a ring gear of 4.5 ” ID and 5.5 ” OD. Watch concave and convex turning on a standard non-CNC bench lathe. See how easily a damascene pattern can be created on a surface with the simplest of tooling.
A DVD Workshop Tooling Lecture$60.00
During my many years of writing in the field of clockmaking and modelmaking, when there was an unusual shop technique under way or a different tool in use, I switched from a B & W camera to a color slide camera. As a result, I ended up with an extremely large number of color slides. A few of these were used for lectures at National and Regional conventions.
Restoring a 1914 Telegraph Keys$105.00
Combo: A DVD showing all of the steps in the restoration of a 1914 Vibroplex Telegraph Speed Key and a book showing how to restore telegraph keys
Restoring a 1914 Telegraph Key$60.00
After many delays because of my illness, and that of my helper, Dr. Robert Chapman, my latest DVD has finally been completed. It is two-hours long and shows the complete restoration of a very old basket case Vibroplex speed key.
During the removal of parts, it was discovered that someone had washed the key in the kitchen sink. This had allowed water to rise over the steel screws in the main bridge, causing them to rust and freeze in their holes. During removal, one of them twisted off. See how the steel screw was dissolved to save the key.
Learn how the asphaltum japanning was removed, the surface of the casting treated and five new asphaltum japanning coats were applied and baked. See the application of gold stripes and corner tic marks and their baking.