Model Engineering and a workshop has always been part of my life since schooldays. A flat bed Drummond lathe with central leadscrew and electric motor belt drive to a flywheel, with a disconnected treadle, took pride of place in my first Workshop in the Isle of Man in the attic under the rafters of a Victorian family house. This workshop was dismantled in 1963, the lathe emigrated to Australia with its new Owner, and I left home to start a lifetime career in Peterborough as a Mechanical Development Engineer with Perkins Diesel Engines remaining there until retirement in 2007. I arrived in Peterborough with an Austin A35 car and a portable workshop in the boot. In photo 1 you can see a small twin cylinder steam engine, at that time it was only part built (ME 1953 No 2736 Oct. article was inspiration)
The portable workshop, and later an EW lathe, were incorporated into various garage arrangements following house purchase in 1974.
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Readers' Workshops - Patrick Cubbon
Patrick Cubbon describes his workshops – a portable one from 1963 and the current accommodation
Desktop Gear Hobbing
Toby Kinsey has designed this fascinating piece of gearmaking equipment
The John Stevenson Trophy 2020
Many readers and forum members will remember John Stevenson, a contributor to MEW but best known for his larger-than life presence on the Model Engineer forum.
From the Archives: Twist drill Sharpening by the Four Facet Method
Giles Parkes, MEW Issue 64, February/March 2000
Dividing on the Warco 220 Lathe
Peter Shaw describes a mandrel dividing attachment for this popular lathe that can be adapted to fit many other benchtop machines
Stub Mandrel offers some advice on choosing the right steel for the job
A Storage Story
Robin King shares the lessons learned from his experience of workshop moves
A Simple Drill Grinding Aid
A newcomer to our hobby was having trouble sharpening drills, so Howard Lewis made a simple aid for him
Yet Another Bodge-Up!
Peter Shaw finds a use for some aged homebrew slot drills.
Workshop Press Tooling Part 2
Will Doggett makes a set of tooling for his press tool described starting in issue 285
THE REMOTE COMMUTE
Trying to Get From Point A to Point B in Winter
Prepped For The Future
Next CEO’s Accomplishments Precede Her More Than a Year Before She Takes the Lead at Lakeland Regional
A decorative autobiography
The restoration of an estate building by Vanbrugh has created a delightful cottage, where ingeniously conceived modern decoration records the lives and interests of the couple who undertook the work.
Cambridge University Press is to expand their provision of open research services with the launch of its own early and open content platform Cambridge Open Engage.