Be sure to check out G-Wizard!
These are online resources for machinists.
Support Page: Forums available here.
Popular knife making forums.
Blades: Knife making forum from across the pond.
Who knew making flashlights could be a real hobby?
CarveWright Forum: That Sears CNC carving machine. Some real nice projects in the gallery.
Caswell Metal Finishing Forums: Good info for powder coating, anodizing, polishing, and plating.
My favorite forums for CNC topics! (
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Metalworking Machines also
includes the work logs of folks who built CNC machines.
Plasma, EDM, and Waterjet Machines
Message boards relating to metal finishing--polishing, anodizing,
plating, and so on. Industrial grade info here.
Journal: Ideas for a better garage shop.
Machinist: Nice little board. Lots of live steam postings
as well as some good general machinist stuff.
Model Engine Machinist: My newest favorite. Unread
Shop Machinist and Machinist's Workshop Forums: Forums from
the two great magazines. Can be contentious and very off-topic!
Craftsmanship Museum: Run by Sherline, there are some amazing
projects and talents detailed here!
Sort of an HMEM spinoff, but more general subject matter than
Metal fabrication for off-roaders.
Users Club: You must be a registered OneCNC owner, but awesome
Machinist: High-end/Professional machinist BBS. Lots of good
info, but not always for the economy-minded or beginner!
3D Web Support
Web: For welders what Practical Machinist is for machinists--great
expert and professional content!
4x6 Bandsaw Group
6x26 Mill Group
7x12 Minilathe Group: **
7x24 CNC Minilathe Group: Stretched beds and CNC for 7x12
8x18 Lathe Group: The 8x18 is a close relative of my Lathemaster
9x30 lathe. <E-Mail>
9x20 Lathe Group: Cletus Berkeley's group. **
9x20 Lathe Group 2: Lots of mods here. **
12x36 Import Lathes Group: For the next size up from the typical
Anodizing 101: Good group with lots of info on aluminum anodizing.
CAD CAM EDM DRO Group: Recommended by HomeCNC.
CNC Hobbyist: Not a very active group, but some interesting
CNC Toolkit: 5-axis software and building 5-axis machines.
EDM Home Builders: Crazy people building EDM machines at home.
Elmer's Engines: Group of folks who enjoy building Elmer Verburg's
excellent model engine designs. There is a
second group too.
Lathemaster Group <E-Mail>
Mach Support Group
Metalworking Hints & Tips Group: Educational material
for the home shop machinist. This is the novice section. **
Metalworking Hints & Tips 2 Group: Educational material
for the home shop machinist. This is the expert section. **
Mini Lathe Mods: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Attachments,
collet chucks, slides, tailstocks, quick change gearboxes, &
Mini Lathe Mods 2: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Dials,
fine feeds, shaper attachments, & reconditioning. **
Mini Lathe Mods 3: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Keyways,
spheres, taper turning, & worm gears. **
Mini Lathe Mods 4: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Not much
in this one. **
Mini Lathe Mods 5: Modifications to the mini-lathes. All motor
mods and electrical work. **
Mini-Toolchanger: A CNC tool changer for mini-mills. Outrageous!
ModIO: Folks using ModIO from Homann Designs to build control
panels and pendants for their CNC machines.
Plasma Cutter Group: Mostly CNC, but a few good tips too.
Quorn Cutter Group: Build your own tool cutter--the Quorn
Quorn 2 Cutter Group: More info on Quorns and other Tool &
Shumatech DRO Group
Tormach Group: For users of the Tormach CNC mill. <E-Mail>
Welding Projects Group
X-Series Mills Group:
John Stevenson's Yahoo Group for Sieg X-series mills. <E-Mail>
Area Engine Modelers: Group of Model Engineers who meet in
Metal Shop Club: Fine group of amateurs with some interesting
and Metalworking at Home: A bunch of usenet archives organized
into useful subjects.
Some great how-to articles and other resources.
Plasma Cutter Tutorial: Good introduction to selecting and
using a plasma cutter.
Quick Intro to Machine Tools: Very cool intro for students
who will use the tools in their coursework.
England Model Engineering Society: An especially good discussion
of Shaper restoration here.
University Free Online CNC Course
Bay Metalworkers: Santa Clara-based Metalworking Club.
Southern California Home Shop Machinists: Nice project gallery.
VeniceMachine.com: A very cool collective in Sourthern California where folks can go to learn the art of the machinist.
Machine Shop: An encyclopedic introduction to machinework.
Lots of good information on CNC water jet machines.
** = Contents
not included in mods catalog.
= Lower volume group best received as e-mail.