Individual Web Sites: Hall of Fame!
While I collect links to all sites with useful information, these sites are particularly rich. If you look at no others, be sure to check these out!
Machinist's Individual Web Sites: Platinum List
These folks are at the pinnacle in terms of what they've accomplished and what they've contributed back to the community. I get fired up all over again any time I visit their sites. I should be so lucky as to accomplish half what they have. Best of the best.
Research: Building a CNC Mill from scratch, and construction
of a model radial, turbojet, and turboprop engines. The Swede is no longer actively building his site, but it has launched many a homebrew CNC, including my own.
Gunsmithing: Hardcore CNC hobbyist making receivers and such
with CNC tools.
Engineman: An extremely talented amateur machinist who loves
to build steam engines. Lathe-centric, non-CNC. Don't miss his
newest site: ModelEngines.info.
Machine Shop: Frank Ford is a luthier, but has many fine
machine shop ideas as well! Some of the best tips and quick tooling
projects you'll ever see.
Hoss Machine: One of a handful of home machinists who are at the very top of the heap. Hoss is also a professional machinist, a well known contributor on CNCZone, and he has converted multiple mills to CNC as well as built his own toolchanger and many other projects.
Little Robot Shop: Great site of a talented amateur/pro machinist.
This is 5Bears quality work!
All in German, but spectacular work!
Very impressive home built 5-axis router, 5-axis mill, and software. The
pieces being made are also awesome.
Astroclocks: Not a lot of detail on how they're made, but this fellow's astronomical clocks are beautiful.
Machinist's Individual Web Sites: Gold List
Brainman: Lots of projects, many of which can be ridden, others are engine models.
Steamworks: The craziest model steam engines you have ever
Edge CNC: Awesome site to learn from, self-taught, RC/Helicopter
Hyland's Page: Many worthwhile projects. I particularly like
the machinist's jacks.
Home Machine Shop: Cool article on powder coating and a number
of other home machining projects.
Morrow's CNC Stuff: Clocks and motorcycle accessories, beautifully
done. Some nice engine turning effects as well as cutting gears on a home CNC.
7x10 Mini-Lathe Page: Nice site with videos, engine projects (5 cylinder radial!), and a lot of other information.
Insanely well crafted homemade CNC machine. The site is in Espanol,
but the pictures are marvelous. Nice pictorial on making linear
rod bearings from scratch. He uses the machine to make water cooling
blocks for PC's.
Corson: Making a wrist watch by hand. Exquisite!
Mini-lathes & mills. Mini-mill CNC conversion. Astronomy &
Metal Pages: Some mini-mill projects and a small foundry.
Mini-lathe mods and other home machinist projects. Workmanship
is excellent. Many small projects for beginners. Some sophisticated
stuff like a taper attachment and dovetail cutter.
Howe's Model Engineering: Nice HSM site with lots of steam
projects as well as workshop projects. **
Hobbyist's Machine Shop: Very nice site. Lots of machines,
CNC conversions, tips, mods, etc.
Flyer: Make your own 3D touch probe, a 4th axis, a 5th axis
(!), convert a Proxxon mill to CNC, a laser cutter, and a wire-EDM
Lamborn's Miniature Engines: Several small engine projects. Awesome links page.
Grenz' Workshop: Nice step-by-step walkthroughs of some projects including clock work.
Loignan Mini Machine Shop: Lots of nicely made projects. **
Borealis: Evan Williams site. Many fine projects, lots of
information from this long-time Home Shop Machinist contributor.
Shop: More great Asian tool mods: Best Lathe DRO (Shumatech
w/ integrated tachometer).
Lots of great info on home machining.
Workshop: Diary of a very talented Japanese amateur. Builds
lots of tools and mods for his 9x20 lathe and mill.
Jet Engine Projects: How about a pulsejet-powered go-kart? It's a mad, mad world!
Home shop made 100W laser cutter. Cool!
and Home Shop Machining Journal: An author's blog on gunsmithing.
Remotely Interesting: Radio controlled subs with video periscopes? Paintball miniguns? This guy has COOL toys!
Hill: Talented Japanese amateur who makes astronomy gadgets.
You will need Babelfish to translate!
Newman Anodizing: Great article on anodizing in the home shop.
He sells kits too. This is the method he uses to manufacture focusers
for his astronomy biz.
Model Engineering and IC Engines Page: Great articles if you
like engines plus lots of machining tips.
Lots of clever metal working projects: hydraulic press, lots of
welding related projects and tooling.
International: More great 9x20 lathe mods including a powered
cross feed mod.
Bedair: Awesome home machinist, tons on 9x20 lathes &
upgrades, telescope buildling, more. Really cool knurled knobs
with mill and ball turning.
Stirling South: Outstanding site with CNC, Stirling engines, CNC arts & crafts. Check the aluminum velociraptor!
Project Corner: CNC mill conversions. Homemade anti-backlash
Brown's "Shed Stuff": A mad Aussie shows us his
foundry and machining work--very nice!
Buddies: A full time machinist and public accountant with
dueling metalworking portals on one site. Good stuff!
Mini-Lathe Page: Lots of mods!
Al: A great mini-lathe page.
Precision: Unbelievable model V-8!
Machinist's Individual Web Sites: Sites of Interest
Alchemist: Great site, lots of tooling made on and mods made
to a Shopmaster 3-in-1 machine.
Live Steam from Finland:
Some amazing projects here!
Archie (Jeep534): Nice fellow whom I've corresponded with. He is restoring some pretty big machine tools and vehicles!
Metal Madness: Amateur with lathe and mill.
Granite Company Railroad Shops: Has an HF 8x14 (similar to
Lathemaster) and does mods.
Bikes: Active on Practical Machinist. Shows what you can do
with a home business building bike builder's tools. Parts are
beautiful. Uses a Tree Journeyman 325 CNC mill.
Fish: Sharp electronics guy builds CNC machines too.
of CNC: Nice intro for college students.
Bernard's Site: Bernard builds models of ancient machines, such as many Leonardo daVinci models.
Berg: Nice CNC conversion on a Sieg X3 mill.
Powell's Metalworking Page: Nice shop, notes on rigging, phase
conversion, info on building an anvil and a dovetail cutter.
Boysun Grain: A small shop on a working farm with a number of interesting projects such as a hydraulic bending brake.
CNC and other home shop projects. Also makes a nice 3 axis CNC
controller with joystick.
CB Rack Boss 9 Retrofit: Interesting photo account of moving a Bridgeport Boss 9 with a unique cradle/dolly and then retrofitting it with a new control.
Salter: 2 plasma/router table projects documented.
CNC Future: Nice site, but a bit heavy on the flash animations versus real content. A work in progress.
On A Budget: CNC conversions and other metalworking projects.
He also sells some pretty nifty stuff--PC Board drilling spindles,
Router Z-axis, and so on.
Projects: Babelfish this German site to see some cool CNC
Bubba's DRO and CNC Conversions. Shows how to make your own
anti-backlash nuts for ballscrews.
Observatory: Amateur astronomers who use lathes and home anodizing
to make their telescopes.
Toolworks: Refitting a small knee mill for CNC. A clever bracket
lets him hang a router from the spindle and thereby CNC it as
Ralph: Beautiful handmade designer knives. Many very high
Goodfellow's Web Site: Machinework and Black Powder, all in
a spare bedroom. What could be more fun?
Pape's Page: An engine builder and CNC enthusiast.
Techs CNC Machining: Check out the amazing custom rifle!
Designs: Jewelry on a shop made 5-axis mill. Lots of cool
Rhino drawings too! Amazing
little mill is cool.
Machine: Paintball, sculpture, and a variety of machining
Hobby Shop: Built a CNC mill from scratch that's very nice.
Keogh's Engine Turning Page: Extremely nice work on a number
of subjects, including rare Mercedes and Allard automobiles.
Engines Yahoo Group: Site dedicated to Elmer Verburg, his
model engines, and tooling. Also see Groups 2, 3, 4, and 5
Michael Moore's Site. He has a Tree 325 CNC mill and is into motorcycles.
Finelli's Railroad Page: Father Finelli is "The Steaming
Frederic Breitweiser: aka "Midimonkey", some CNC work and other metal shop projects.
Garaj Mahal: Excellent machine tool restoration info on several machines. Hardinge bearing replacement procedure documented.
George Willer's Shop Pages: Nice photo album.
Bearing Info Page
Gate Live Steamers: The Tips section fo this web site has
excellent information on model steam engine fittings including
check valve design, a gate valve, and a steam pressure regulator.
Spark's Page: Hardinge HLV restoration, Gack shaper, and other
Hargett: Serious CNC conversion on a Bridgeport, OneCNC user,
and a lifestyle CNC biz doing custom
Hangout: A number of useful tool projects and lathe information.
Hermit's Machine Shop: Nice site. Click "Site Map"
to see the entries.
CNC Technologies: 9x20 lathe, Mill-Drill, Ball Screw Conversion,
CNC Router, Videos of CNC Mill Working, etc.
Shop Machinist: A tiny but potent shop!
CNC Bridgeport: Chris Bruno has done an amazing job CNC'ing
a Mill-Drill and 2 different Bridgeport mills!
Igor's Projects: Lots of shop projects. Nicely plumbed air system.
Kelly's Home Machining Page: Lots of good basics from a non-pro
who learned at home.
P. Riser Machinery Page: Refurbished a number of lathes. A
fascinating look at metal spinning is also provided. This guy
builds magic tricks with his machine tools. His refurbished Sheldon
lathe is beautiful.
Jeff Albro: Nice little CNC mill and other projects. He is also an astronomer and woodworker.
Westhues: PC Board milling machine, many interesting electronic
projects including security hacking.
Machining & Tooling: Many great articles including lathe
Wilkins: Has a small business making custom knives with a
Marketing CNC Conversion Page. They also sell carbon fiber
and other cool stuff.
Kinetic Art of Wm Durbin: Pure art expression of Victorian-era
Tony Griffith's exhaustive resource on older machine tools, not
limited to lathes.
Newell's Web Site: Buildups of CNC plasma and router tables.
Projects surrounding cars.
CNC basics for musical instrument builders.
Construction of a good sized CNC router table.
CNC: One of the best CNC router table projects I've ever come
across. He uses it to make ocean kayaks.
Lots of good info on CNC engravers and some freeware g-code generators
for special purposes.
Converted a Jet milling machine to CNC.
Custom Knives: Not so much machining, but it is metalwork,
and the knives are gorgeous!
A bigger version of the ShopBot CNC router table. Some very nice
Fighter Jet: Wherein a fellow uses his CNC machines to create
molds for an R/C fighter jet--very cool!
Has a Lathemaster 8x14.
A CNC devotee: Taig lathe and mill. One of the all time coolest
amateur projects: using the mill as a lathe with gang tooling.
Mike Smyth's Compressed Air Engine Page: Lots of really nice model engines here.
Machinery by Barry Jordan: Barry is a madman who builds scale
models of machine tools. Pint-sized Bridgeport anyone?
CNC: Homebrew CNC lathe, full-sized mill conversion, and other
home CNC conversions.
English electrical engineer does a cool CNC conversion. He's also
selling the plans.
NYCCNC: Herbie and Friends CNC in NYC.
Hutcheson's Home Shop Page: A 9x20 Lathe, a mill/drill, and
some nice mods.
Piczo: Nice English metalworker's site. Has built his own tool & cutter grinder and other tooling.
Cutter Lathe: Use a plasma cutter as a lathe tool for cutting
intricate designs on cylinders.
and Aldworth: Amazing resource for engine turning.
in MO: This one is either an individual or perhaps an org
dedicated to open source build-it-yourself CNC driver electronics.
Design: This fellow makes armor using blacksmithing, but his
workshop (atellier) is beautiful.
and Engines: Cool Sterling powered fan.
Sage Machining & Hot Rods: A cool GM pick up and some
A home machinist building custom paintball guns and accessories.
Chernich's Quorn Article
Talented machinist has made some nice model engines, tooling,
and vehicle parts. **
Bosco: Not strictly metalworking, Bosco turns amazing shapes
on a lathe in wood. Good ideas if you want to go beyond the Turner's
Reil: Reil is a blacksmith with a beautiful shop on a ranch.
A business run from a garage. Very nice shop.
Use a laser and a digicam to create a 3D scanner for CNC purposes.
X-3 Mill: A nice smaller dovetail column mill available through
Shows how this fellow made several CNC router tables.
CNC: Mill/Drill conversions.
Steam: Great new site from Rich Carlstedt.
Engine Valve Gear Software
Lindsay: Maker of DRO 4.0, a PC-based DRO scale reader.
Taig Page: CNC drill sharpening, homemade flood cooling w/
enclosure, and a few other nifty projects.
Toolworks: An Aussie shows some nice homemade tooling for
Stewart Coffin's World of Puzzles: Lots of 3D puzzles. Many would make interesting HSM projects.
Many smaller precision tooling projects.
Enterprises: Cool quick release dial indicator clamp and other
Hobby Page: Lots of engines and other HSM projects.
This guy has built 3 different CNC mills...
CNC Mill Conversion: Extremely nice RF-45 conversion. Just
a photo album without much text. Control panel and pendant are
Powell: Some really nice mods on an IH Mill.
Toolroom: Another great Aussie site.
Institute of Technology Mill/Drill CNC Conversion. Nicely
done, includes ballscrews on the second phase.
Jeffree's Model Engineering Pages: Homemade dividing head.
Leadscrew conversion w/ tumbler. Sieg
X3 CNC conversion.
Machinery: Lots of different metalworking from a software
guy. Including a CNC Bridgeport conversion. He builds servos from
DC motors too.
Where a Swedish enthusiast takes an entirely irreverant look at
making stuff for a Harley drag bike.
Energy Research: Cool Sterling engines made at a university.
Metal Group: Group that meets to learn how to use machine
tools. Good lathe setup article.
Projects: Cool site with reprinted plans and articles for
Ford: A very talented machinist and evidently also a musician.
Ermer's Workshop: Several nice projects including an X-axis
power feed for a mill and a number of lathe-related projects.
An amateur who modified a number of machines, including a CNC.
Knife Makers (A Cousin of Machining)
Salaverria: Lots of nice custom Damascus knives and some great
tutorials to make your own from this Argentinian.
Forge: A number of tutorials. The tutorial on making
Damascus is good as is his recipe
for heat treating blades.
Custom Knives: Excellent tutorial on making Damascus.
Hibben: Nice photo essay on how to make a knife.
Brannon: A giant link page with lots of good stuff.
Fischer: Amazing collection of pages, including tons of knife
patterns and information on filework.
Hernandez: Great site with lots of interesting articles and
Knives: Nice discussion of how to grind a blade on the belt
grinder. Also discusses pattern welding/damascus.
Rogers Handcrafted Knives: Nice shop tour and some tutorials
on how to build a folder and a kitchen knife.
& Steel Knifeworks: Check out his tool section. I love
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