Throughout the years since we have produced Sherline tools, certain questions come up repeatedly. To help you make the best use of your equipment and to help the new machinist become familiar with some of the details involved in learning to become good at metalworking, we have prepared instructions on the aspects of machine adjustment and use that are often sources of puzzlement for new machinists. We hope you find it interesting and informative.

The following is a list of pages on this site that will help answer questions, find resources, give instructions, or offer helpful tips for Sherline users.

A complete set of instructions for our most popular accessories.

Exploded view diagrams of Sherline machines with part numbers.

Answers to questions regarding Sherline tools and machines.

Answers to questions regarding the Sherline/Acorn CNC controller.

Answers to questions regarding the Sherline/MASSO G3 CNC touch controller.

Answers to questions regarding the Sherline/MASSO G23 CNC controller.

Answers to questions regarding Linux CNC machines.

Answers to questions regarding Ball Screw machines.

Answers to questions regarding DRO machines.

Sherline lathes and mills can be ordered new with factory-installed digital readouts or retrofitted to include a digital readout, regardless of age.

Details explaining how to select the right mini-lathe or mini-mill for you.

Resources that are included are drawing-to-g-code converters, books on CNC, and links to other sites of interest for people learning and using CNC.

Includes CNC lathes and mills specifications, CNC components, and CNC systems. Click on the pertinent tab near the top of the page for information.


Includes sources from raw materials, terminology, clubs, and groups to free calculators.

This listing offers a logical way to locate the part number of a particular accessory. The list is divided into five sections: Lathes, Vertical Milling Machines, Accessories for both Lathe and Mill, Accessories for Clockmakers, and Books and Videos.



Resources associated with the tools, processes, and materials used in miniature machining.

Suppose you are making special tooling or a custom accessory for your Sherline tools. In that case, this will save you the trouble of measuring your particular machine to find a dimension, some of which are actually quite difficult to measure.

Shop wisdom, modifications, and shortcuts to simplify your machining projects.

Following are some brief descriptions so that you can see how the numbering system is organized. Though there may seem to be many choices, they are simply combinations of a few basic machines and accessories.

Craftsmanship requires quality tools. When Joe Martin founded Sherline Products Inc. in the early seventies, his vision was to produce a miniature tool line with every accessory needed to build small, complex machined parts from metal on a kitchen table if need be.