The Sherline Miniature Machinist's Newsletter
Customer Projects: Thomas KuntzóAnimated Alchemist
Parts of Thomas Kuntz's nine-foot tall animated clock
Artist Thomas Kuntz uses his Sherline tools to create animated works of art. He describes his work well in his own words:
ìAs a kid I built a lot of plastic models. Much of it was scratch-building out of styrene and metal tubing because I liked to show the "guts". At that time the world of machining seemed like something for people with really sharp math skills and lots of money. In hindsight I wish I would have started much earlier since there is so much to know. At 14 I was dragging around copies of Scale Modeler to the point where I would wear off the cover. Now my copy of Tabletop Machining is reminiscent of those old days. Its worn...like a favorite pair of shoes!
I was always drawing since I can
remember, but drawing is very intuitive. With machining you really have to
think things through and there is no eraser! Sherline tools offer many
possibilities to artists as well as craftsmen. To me, the artist now has so
many tools available (that the old masters would have killed for!) that I donít
understand why more people arenít using them to create. After all, who
says an artist cannot use machine tools? I'm certain Leonardo would have loved
to prototype his inventions on Sherline machines! In his time in
See Thomas Kuntzís on Sherline's ìWorkshopî page at www.sherline.com/workshop.htm or visit his own web page at www.artomic.com. A video of some of his work in action can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/haxanthrobo.
P/N 3074 Drill Chuck HolderóThe drill chuck holder is a thread-on holder like the end mill holder series that has a male thread to accept a 1/4" or 3/8" Jacobs drill chuck. Designed especially for CNC users, it speeds up tool change time when going back and forth between drills and end mills. For manual use, it can be easier to remove than the standard #1 Morse tapered arbor that is normally used with the drill chuck. Price on the 3074 chuck holder is $35.00.
Shop Tip of the MonthóA split mill vise by Jerry Kieffer
The above illustration shows a P/N 3551 mill vise split in half and clamped to the mill table. The part is supported by parallels so the top surface can be milled.
Ever have hold a part that is too long or wide to fit in the mill vise? Jerry Kieffer solved the problem in a simple way. He needed to hold a model railroad car while drilling holes in it for installing details. He had an old mill vise that he didnít mind modifying for this purpose, so he simply cut it in half near the middle of the vise. The fixed end was mounted to the mill table and squared up. Then he mounted the other end further down the table and squared it up so the part length came about mid-travel on the moveable end. The moveable end could then be tightened on the part as if the vise were much longer. To make sure each half was securely fastened down he uses at least two or three angled hold-down clamps per half. If you currently have only one vise and need a second, an option would be to look on eBay and pick up an older used one to cut in half. Another option would be to take your current vise and cut it in half, and then treat yourself to a new vise for use on smaller parts. By the way, the new mill vises have recently been modified slightly based on a suggestion from customer Steven Lang. The screw slot has been cut a little further so that the jaws now can be opened a bit wider to hold a larger part. Read more on Sherline's TIPS page. This is tip #51.
Web site facts
ï There is a ìWhatís Newî page at www.sherline.com/whatsnew.htm that will save you time searching the web site for changes or additions. Whenever something of significance is added or changed, a note is placed on that page. It is the quickest way to check up on the latest additions to the site.
ï Photos from the 2008 NAMES
Tom Boyer and Craig Libuse at last year's AGSEM show
ï For those in
ï The next major model
engineering show we will attend will be the Western Engine and Model Engineering† (WEME)
Paul Knapp (L) and
ï New engines added to museum display! Paul and Paula Knapp have
generously agreed to put 51 of the engines in their fine collection on display
in the Foundation's