Updates from the Workshop

(2021 Archive)

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Machinists, electricians, toolmakers, engineers are of the ancient line of grooms, and hostlers, and veterinaries. Why not, for they are the trainers of ten thousand horsepower. - . Powermakers: Work Portraits by Lweis W. Hine (1921).


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(This is an archive of updates from 2021. For current updates, an explanation of what this all is, and the reason that a quotation and photograph from 1921 appear above, go one level up.)

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Instagram vs. the Ents

2021-02-11. Using a spring-loaded tapping guide as a center indicating device on the lathe. Why simple images won't do, and the complexity that we need instead.

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(Lever) Center Indicators

2021-02-11. The device I'm calling a (Lever) "Center Indicator" was well-known to late 19th and early 20th century machinists. Starrett called theirs a "Center Tester" (No. 65), Brown & Sharpe called theirs a "Lathe Test Indicator" (No. 736), and several others were described in the journals of the day. A similar device is still in production (by Tallgrass Tools). It is used on a lathe to true up a punchmark on a workpiece held on a faceplate or in an independent four-jaw chuck. I found myself to be more confused by the use of this instrument than others seem to have been, and so of course ended up researching it too deeply.

(This writeup began as a section of the "Instagram vs. the Ents" Update, above.)

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