Workshop Techniques


This manual contains all of the articles (except serials) written by W. R. Smith and published in The Home Shop Machinist, Projects In Metal, and England’s The Clockmaker during past years. It is 8-1/2 x 11, with 108 pages and is comb bound to lie flat.

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Examples of the information offered are:

  • How an inexpensive Sherline spindle can be adapted for use on bench lathes for milling, drilling, gear cutting, etc. Details for making a fly wheel to smooth the cut, a filing rest, a saw table, a T-rest, and cross slide and vertical slide locks, all for the Sherline lathe.
  • How to make indexing plates without the aid of other index plates or dividing heads.
  • How a Sherline lathe can be used to configure itself for gear and pinion cutting and lantern pinion making without the need for a milling machine.
  • How to make a macro mill/drill spindle from junk watchmaker’s heavy duty mainsprings on the bench lathe.
  • Details for adapting the Myford and other bench lathes for use with 10 mm collets.
  • A tip over T-rest for use on the bench lathe.
  • The cutting of a 6″ diameter, 200 tooth gear on a standard Sherline lathe (lathe only).
  • Details for making my T-rest design, which is now being produced by Sherline for their lathes—part # 2110. Hand turning is very fast—example, one can turn a 1/16″ diameter pivot, 3/16″ long on 1/8″ diameter hardened and tempered music wire or blue pivot steel (un-annealed), chamfer the shoulder and round the end of the pivot in less than one minute.
  • Information for configuring a Sherline lathe for cutting gears, pinions and making lantern pinions without the need of a milling machine.
  • Because many of the things offered are very unusual and are demonstrated on Sherline equipment, this manual is a must for Sherline users. However, the techniques are basic and are equally useful on other and larger lathes.


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