Funded by many donations in his memory, the Stevenson Cup was first awarded in 2018. The cup is engraved “John Stevenson, 1948 – 2017, Remembered by his many friends” with “Awarded for Excellence in Practical and Useful Workshop Equipment” on the plinth.
The John Stevenson Trophy is presented for just that, a well-made and usable piece of tooling, a modification to a machine or an accessory for a tool where the fact it works well is more important than making it look good. Unlike traditional judged trophies, we decided on a different approach to reflect John’s reticence about traditional competitions. After a call for nominations, a small panel of judges selected a shortlist, on which there was an online vote.
In 2018 it was won by John Ashton and in 2019 the award went to Michael Cox.
In a strange twist of fate, the current coronavirus lockdown means that it’s unlikely there will be any traditional engineering competitions over this year’s exhibition season. The ‘virtual’ nature of the Stephenson Trophy competition means that we can forge ahead with it this year.
In view of the unusual circumstances, we have decided to once again make the competition open to all. Any reader or forum member may enter their own work. We have also extended the deadline until the end of June to allow people to make (or finish off or simply tidy up an existing project) during this lockdown period.
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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