Home Shop Machining Projects

Taig, Atlas, Craftsman.

Most all my machining projects have been geared to small machines.  Currently, I have Taig lathe and milling
machines, but have had Sherline (and others) in the past.  Both good machines for their intended purposes.

  I like the Taig machines.  They're  sturdy, and will do any of the normal machining operations within their size range.   I bought
my Taig lathe some years ago with just the basics, and a short time later bought my Taig mill as a complete machine, ready to go.
The Taig machines are very accurate and hold repeatable settings, which is very important to me.  I worked in machine shops
for many years, and after working with large machines for a long time, I know what I like in a lathe or mill.  The Taigs are rigid
and precise, and able to do surprisingly hard work for their size.  I'm not involved with the Taig company in any way, except as a
satisfied and enthusiastic owner.  My remarks about their machines are from someone who has put them through their paces.
Taig sells many accessories for their machines, and I've purchased a number of them since buying my machines. There are many
tooling items that a person may need though, which are either kind of spendy, or just not readily available in certain sizes. 
Sometimes you just have to make what you want.  Sometimes you need a certain tool to complete a project in progress.
That's mainly what this website is about, along with some engines and other projects.

You'll notice that some of the tooling projects are rather utilitarian, while others are "prettier".  The main consideration in
any case is an item built with the accuracy required for it to do its' job properly.

I also have a 6" Atlas lathe, which I use for all my "big" projects.  A really nice machine, and I have a separate
page for it.  Scroll down until you see the Atlas section and click on it if you're interested. 

You can get back to this page from any of the other web pages here.  Just go to the bottom of any page, and look for the Taig link.

Projects for the Taig Lathe

A Boring Bar Holder
for the Taig Lathe

Making Steel Jaws for the
Taig Three Jaw Chuck

Making a Filing Rest for
the Taig Lathe

Making Small Springs on the Lathe
Part 1: Extension Springs

Part 2: Compression Springs

A Follow Rest for the Taig Lathe

A Lead screw For the
Taig Lathe

Making Multipoint Gear Cutters

Head Stock Indexing Plate

Extended Dead Center

An Auxiliary Spindle for the Taig Lathe

Gear Cutting on the Taig Lathe

Taig Arbor for a Slitting Saw

A Dividing Head for the Taig Lathe

Compound Slide/Milling Attachment

A Head Stock Center for the
Taig Spindle Taper

Mill and Other Projects

Building a 1" Diameter
Miniature 4 Jaw Chuck

Tailstock Indicator for
the Taig Lathe

Making a Counter Bore
in the Taig Shop

A fly cutter for the Taig Mill

A Flex Wrench

Oooo...  A New Mill in the Shop.

Indexer Project (Feb 2000)

Building a Screwless Vise
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Making T-nuts

Building a Rotary Table
for the Taig Mill

Building a Boring Head
for the Taig Mill

An Indicator Stand for
Taig Machines

Easy Tramming!
Tramming Braces for
the Taig Milling Machine

Stuck Arbor?
(Got an arbor stuck on your
head stock spindle and don't
want to use a pipe wrench to
loosen it?)


Shop Built Engines

Building the Tripod Steam Plant
(includes video)

Building the PMR-7
Twin Cylinder Steam Engine

(includes video)

Building the PMR
Drill Press casting kit

Building the Bijou, a very
small engine.

(includes video)

Duplex Vacuum Engine
(includes video)

A Horizontal Steamer
from Rudy's prints

(includes video)

A Miniature Propane Burner
(includes video)

Building a Rocker Engine
(Includes video)

A Vertical Steam engine
(Includes video)

Pee Wee Wobbler

(Includes video)

Low Temp Diff engine

Rudy Kouhoupt engine

An I.C. Engine from the Home Shop

(Includes video)

V-twin Wobbler

Horizontal Steam engine

(Includes video)

An ongoing Clock Making

Black Powder Wrench

Miscellaneous Projects

Making Little Bits...
(Knurling without a knurler.)

A Powder Trickler
(For the Reloader)

Atlas 6" Lathe Stuff
Click on the big picture!

I also have some interest in the Craftsman AA109 Lathe. 

Click on the thumb above to go to the 109 pages

 If you have any trouble with the thumbnail links above, please contact me at deanw@bmi.net.
Thanks much!

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