Neil Read’s
IMPROVED WORKSHOP IN FOUR STEPS

Every model engineer knows the feeling when, during building the latest project, the point arrives where you have to make something in order to make part of the project. Quite often, while making that, there is something else needed to make the tool to make the part for the project.

At the recent Sandown Park Exhibition Neil Read of the SMEE put on a display of tools built to build tools in four steps without stopping one to start another.

Step 1 was to make the Eureka form relieving tool designed by Ivan Law some years ago for making multi-tooth gear cutters. This super tool is described in his book Gears and Gear Cutting by Ivan.
Step 2 was to make a selection of suitable gear cutters using the Eureka.
Step 3 produced a graduating tool to the John Radford design, which can be found in his book Improvements and Accessories for your Lathe, using gear cutters made in step 2 to make the rack and pinion mechanism which is the main feature of the Radford tool. Neil notes that careful attention should be paid to the design to ensure suitable clamping arrangements for your lathe.
Step 4 is to make the rotary table designed by George Thomas and described in his book Model Engineer’s Workshop Manual using the graduating tool made in the previous step to produce the angular scale on the periphery of the table.

The result of all that is a set of tools which will find regular use in the ambitious model engineer’s workshop, or in Neil’s case, motorcycle restorer’s workshop.

 

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