Victor Machinery Exchange, Inc. is strong in special thread taps and dies (including left hand and metric), and they have tap/drill charts posted on their site. Contact: Marc FreidusHere's a guy (Kurt Greiner) who builds serious radio control model warships.
Walsh Brothers clocks watches and jewellery is another site you might find interesting, particularly for the links to be found there.Jerry Howell sells plans, kits, and materials for Stirling (hot aitr) and other types of engines, and plans for a ball turning attachment - yeah, some people WILL use 'em :-) - and a very neat micro drill press, plus info on some other things you might like. www.Jerry-Howell.com also lists a lot of useful sources for model engineering suppliers.
Tiny Power offers kits of castings for steam engines in sizes from one that weighs 7 pounds, on up to one that could be used to power a 30 foot steam launch http://www.tinypower.com/default.htm
Bill Lavery has a website at www.modelsteamplans.com where he offers plans for two oscillating steam engines of more substantial desgn than many such engines feature.
If you're looking for American magazines that caters to the amateur
machinist, there are several. Home
Shop Machinist Magazine, The
Machinist's Workshop, and Live Steam Magazine are all here.
John Richards runs an interesting custom brass locomotive model building business in Australia. He works primarily in HO, S, and OO scale, but will consider other scales as well. www.iinet.net.au/~richardj/
And here's another site for Live Steam enthusiasts: Jay Finelli's www.SteamingPriest.comMy friend Stewart Marshall has a book on iron casting. Do get it if you are at all interested in backyard foundry work. See www.rockisland.com/~marshall/
See www.gunsmithertools.com for the website of Joe Beary, one of my guys who manufactures some very useful Gunsmithing Tools. Take special note of Joe's unique renewable small stainless steel cleaning brushes, which would be useful to any shop man, whether he's into guns or not.
If you're interested in making a Remington pattern Rolling Block rifle action from a kit of unmachined castings, click here. These people also use these castings to build finished actions for the custom rifles they build.Steve Lindsay ( http://www.lindsayengraving.com ) is a highly skilled engraver who makes and sells an unusual and very compact air powered chasing graver (engraving tool) that looks like a sure winner. It is powerful enough to checker bolt knobs and do serious die sinking work as well as artistic surface engraving. Steve does precious metal inlays and engraves knives, watches, jewelry, guns and other items. And see the Hardinge lathe and small Hardinge mill he restored, here (http://www.nyx.net/~slindsay/hardinge.html).
See Bob Powell's website at http://www.dogpatch.com/bobp/bobfaq.htm. You'll find lots of interesting information there. Bob is into a number of things: blacksmithing, bronze casting, welding, machining and more..
Jim Harvey, of Harvey Racing Engines, at http://hre.com is one of the largest SHERLINE distributors around, and has sharp prices on all Sherline stuff. He is also a dealer for the Flashcut CNC Upgrades and retrofits for the Sherline lathes and mills, and probably other small machine tools as well, as they have a variety of motor sizes and configurations - even 4-axis stuff.
a site with a lot of info for anyone interested in art metal work, have
a good dig around on this site:
http://www.metalcyberspace.com . It's run by Susan Sarantos, a metalworking jewelery maker, who also has her own website, at http://www.sarantos.com .
Tony Hnilica - knife making and knife repair: http://ajh-knives.com/. There's lots
of good and useful info to check out on Tony's site, even if you don't
need a knife made or fixed at the moment.
E-Z Tram: For a slick rig to help you get the head of a vertical mill trammed square in double quick time, WITHOUT removing the milling vise, click here: www.eztram.com Contact Dan Kenner, and tell him I sent you.
NEW LINK: for the largest sheetmetal shaping community on the internet, click here. www.metalmeet.com/The website for my friend Bill Sendler's auto restoration business is here: www.sendlersautocraft.com
Hydraulic Die Forming of sheet metal is an interesting area of activity, limited primarily by the user's imagination. For lots of good info, go to www.bonnydoonengineering.com
TM Technologies - http://www.tinmantech.com
Gunsmithing & supplies: www.brownells.com
For a good site about sheet metal working tools and info, see Http://www.thesheetmetalshop.com
Richard Adamek's Old Engines House. http://www.oldenginehouse.demon.co.uk. Lots of neat stuff for steam engine buffs, and many interesting links.
a source of tools for cutting threads on wood dowels etc., see Jerry
Beall's website, at http://www.bealltool.com/.
Lots of neat stuff to see here.
Joe Baugher = http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/ = military aviation, and aviation links. Also astronomy.
Ever thought about building bamboo fishing rods? Check out John Zimney's website, at http://www.bamboorods.com/, and you'll find further links there to other related sites.
Jerry Foster also runs a nice website at www.canerod.com/rodmakers which archives much useful info for those interested in making fine bamboo fishing rods.
www.refdesk.com is a great "research" site that everybody should know about. When you go there, find the "astronomy picture of the day" link, and then see the index to past pictures on that site. There was one in September '99, taken from the MIR space Station, of the solar eclipse in August. Looks like somebody poured ink on the clouds!
The CALCULATORS ON-LINE CENTER: This is a great site!!
Doug Hansen = www.hansenwheel.com = builder of horse drawn carriages.
Varmint Al = http://www.varmintal.com/ = much to do with reloading, hunting, etc. Fantastic collection of links, and an interesting page on making good use of a 7x10" mini lathe.
Lee Precision Reloading Tools: http://www.leeprecision.com/
http://web.wt.net/%7Ehmsc/index.htm will get you to the Home Metal Shop Club, a Houston, TX group's page for exchange of ideas, sharing of resources, and instruction. There's a swap page, good projects, newsletter, links, etc.
Knots on The Web = http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/knotlink.htm . There is a LOT more info here than you might expect, including routes to many Internet search engines.
Here's another link you should not miss: http://www.torchmate.com. They have some interesting tools for machinists.
if you want to see a wonderful story about someone who overcame
hardships through dogged determination, see www.BillPorter.com. This page
has nothing to do with metalworking, but I'd be proud to shake this
man's hand. I first saw him on 20/20, the TV program. Maybe you
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