Simple Workshop Devices
with Tubal Cain

Published by Special Interest Model Books Ltd, Dorset England

150 x 210mm


ISBN 978-1-85486-150-4

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Extract from back cover of book:

However well equipped the workshop may be there seems to be an incessant need to make up special gadgets of one sort or another. These may range from mutilating a clothes peg to act as a 'third hand' up to major modifications to an existing machine tool. The making of such devices can be fun (indeed, some may appear to do nothing else!) but nevertheless the time taken up in 'devising the device' can often delay the completion of an important project. Shared experience is a most potent tool in reducing such delays, and can, moreover, often provide solutions to problems hitherto believed to be intractable.

About the Author - Tubal Cain has enjoyed more than 60 years' experience in designing and building engines and machines (in both full size and model dimensions) and over this time has made many ancillary devices. A number of these have been published from time to time and some were assembled in volume form about 15 years ago. The opportunity has been taken not only to reprint that book but to revise some of the entries to take advantage of user experience, to add new material and to introduce it into the popular Workshop Practice Series. This is an essential addition to any model engineer's library.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Section 1 - Getting Hold of the Job
The thinpiece vice
Circular work in the drilling vice
Thinning washers (Turner's cement)
A soldering and brazing clamp
Packing for the machine vice

Section 2 - Jigs and Fixtures
Why use jigs?
Co-ordinate setting out
Location jigs
Eccentric rod jig
A brazing jig
A cylinder boring fixture and alignment jig
A bearing boring fixture
Fixture for machining double eccentrics
A collet converting fixture

Section 3 - Round and About the Lathe
The ball centre
Setting over the tailstock
The spring centre
Drilling an arbor for a draw bar
Turning fish-bellied rods
Crankshaft machining aids
A centre-height gauge and scriber
A micrometer screwcutting depth stop
Using 8mm watchmaker's collets in a No. 2 Morse socket
A headstock length stop
A milling spindle drive or overhead
A truly mobile handrest
Rigidity of lathe tools
Tangential tooling
'Gibraltar' - a really rigid toolpost
Taking very fine cuts - 'shaving'
Heavy drilling in the lathe
Cutting fluids and accessories
Splash guards
Extended chuck guard
Milling machine vice tray
Leadscrew guard
My reminder
Protecting the taper sockets of the lathe

Section 4 - Miscellaneous
Milling machine spindle speeds
Filing buttons
Making hollow mills or rosebits
A holder for throwaway endmills
A micrometer scribing block
Dividing from the chuck
Straightening copper tube
Cutting and threading copper tube
Awkward nuts
Catching rings and washers
Chatter on boring bars
My blackboard