The Sherline Miniature Machinist's Newsletter
• Videos and Books on Tabletop Machining
Learning machining on your own can be a daunting task. It is a trade that takes years of experience to be really good at. However, even a beginner can create beautiful work with careful work and good advice from the experts. Below is a list of some of the helpful books and videos that offer a good introduction to the world of metalworking in miniature.
• Tabletop Machining by Joe Martin (P/N 5301, $40.00) Sherline’s owner Joe Martin takes you through all the processes used by machinists to create small precision parts in metal. Softbound, 350 pages, 8.5 x 11”, full color.
• The Home Shop Machinist’s Handbook by Doug Briney (P/N 5300, $25.00) An older book that still offers plenty of good advice to the machinist using Sherline tools. Softbound, 275 pages, 7 x 10”, black and white.
• Machine Shop Essentials by Frank Marlow, PE (P/N 5305, $44.95) Covers the main functions of metalworking machine tools and explains the various processes of removing metal. Many detailed line illustrations featuring tools of all sizes, from Sherline to full-size. Softbound, 518 pages, 7 x 10”, black and white
• Machine Shop Trade Secrets by James A. Harvey (P/N 5306, $39.95) Practical knowledge for all size machine tools from a seasoned shop professional. Softbound, 8.5 x 11, 312 pages, black and white.
• Machine Shop Know-How by Frank Marlow, PE (P/N 5307, $49.95) More extensive and detailed shop knowledge with hundreds of detailed illustrations. Softbound, 7 x 10, 520 pages, black and white.
• Steam Engine Video and set of plans by Rudy Kouhoupt (P/N 5328-DVD, $72.95) Shop master Rudy Kouhoupt takes you through the building of a horizontal steam engine step by step using a Sherline lathe and mill. Plans, instructions and a material list included in case you want to follow along as Rudy shows you how. DVD, 3 hrs.
• Shop Secrets, Measuring and Measurement Tools by Mike Rehmus (P/N 5329, $39.95) Videographer, machinist and editor of Model Engine Builder magazine, Mike Rehmus shows the function of all the main machine shop measuring tools from micrometers and calipers to depth gauges and more. DVD, 2 hr.
• Sherline Lathe Basics—How to Set Up and Maintain a Sherline Lathe by Mike Rehmus (DVD, P/N 5335, $49.95) Another well produced video from expert machinist Mike Rehmus takes you through the safe and proper use of a lathe using a Sherline as an example. Assembling, aligning and turning are covered as well as special operations like threading and knurling. DVD, 3.6 hr.
Sherline Shop Project of the Month
A Brass Model T Board Track Racer/Ken Foran
Sherline machinist Ken Foran has recently published an excellent book on making
models in brass. (
Ken shows the car at a recent NAMES show in
Ken originally hails from
He first learned his modeling
skills watching his grandfather build ship models as a youngster. He started
with plastic and wood kits and went on to “kitbashing.”
(Using parts from various kits and handmade parts to make models more detailed
that available in kit form.) He moved on to building highly detailed WWI
aircraft models. He settled on 1/16 scale as a good compromise that allows
plenty of detail without taking up too much display room. He has now not only
produced a book, but has also made several prototype models for production
Illustrations from Ken’s book describe wheels, gears, pistons and other precision small parts made with small machine tools.
The finished car with the “trunk” on the back for tools and spare parts. Though it no longer looks like this, the back of the car is still called the “trunk.”
More on ken
To see more of Ken’s model airplanes and cars, see his page at www.CraftsmanshipMuseum.com/Foran.htm.
Other projects done on Sherline machine tools can be found on the Workshop Projects page at www.sherline.com/workshop.htm.
Shop Tip(s) of the Month
Shop Tips on the Internet
With the advent of YouTube, many
Sherline machinists have shared their knowledge in short videos that can be
found in a Google search for “Sherline Shop Tips.” You can also search just
within YouTube. People like Tryally in
If you have a useful tip from your Sherline shop that you would like published, please send photos and a written description to email@example.com.
Did you know?
• Sherline has 41 dealers in 25
different countries around the world outside the
• Sherline’s Industrial Product Division specializes in small spindles and slides designed for use in light production. They take advantage of the large amount of material and extrusions we purchase for our regular machine tool line to make for accurate yet reasonably priced components to build up custom small tooling. Check out www.SherlineIPD.com.
Upcoming Model Engineering Shows
• Black Hills Model
Engineering Show, Next show--
• Estevan Model Engineering
• April 26-27, 2014—North American Model Engineering Society (NAMES) Expo, Wyandotte, MI. Sherline will have a booth there and the Joe Martin Foundation will present its annual award to Metalworking Craftsman of the Year during the show. See www.namesexposition.com for details.
(Send us your show information and we will post it here.)
Joe Martin Craftsmanship Foundation News
• New Museum Displays—Daniel “Buzz” Brunkow put on loan a highly detailed ¼ scale wood and brass model of a Cushman “Husky” scooter plus a model 1939 Cushman engine. Joe Bridi donated a large collection of hand made wooden aircraft models by _______ as well as a number of commercial “toy” shop models.
• Groups Visiting the Museum—A busy month!
Joly 23rd , “The Club” a gathering of interesting
August 13th, A group of local Cub Scouts
August 19th, The museum hosted the meeting for the Docent League, a group of docents from the various museums in the San Diego Area.
See the Club Visits page for a photo of the groups. You are welcome to visit our museum with your club or group. Call to arrange a group visit.
• New Craftsmen added to the museum site--New photos of Iqbal Ahmed’s progress on the Ford Quadracycle were added to his page.
• New Volunteers
Harvey Rushfeldt—A Carlsbad resident and retired Telephone Company engineer, Harvey saw an article about the museum, came in and saw the place and immediately volunteered to help us out on Saturdays, our busiest days.
Anyone interested in volunteering your services at the museum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-727-5857 and ask for Craig.