Next in the saga was a serious car accident and for something to do whilst off work
I sent an article regarding the milling cutter chuck to the Model Engineer for their
consideration. This was sent to Stan Bray who had just started the "Model Engineers'
Workshop" magazine and articles on the other items I had made were requested, quite
soon followed by my being offered the position of editor of the magazine and from
where my article writing took off. What then is the situation with my present workshops?
You will have noticed that I used the term "workshops" this being explained later.
Harold Hall's Workshop
Compared to many workshops in terms of machine tools I consider my workshop to be
meagrely equipped. I did not know it at the time I provided the article but this
was to be fully confirmed by the other workshop featured in the special. However,
when it comes to accessories for them the situation is quite the reverse, for reasons
The main machine is of course the lathe, first being the ML7 purchased when a teenager
but eventually replaced by a second hand Super Seven Photograph 2 soon after becoming
editor of the "Model Engineers' Workshop" magazine and this signalled the beginning
of a major upgrade to my workshop's facilities. One such upgrade was to the lathe
itself being the addition of a screw cutting gear box and whilst I do not do a great
deal of screw cutting I hated setting up changewheels so not being absolutely essential
this is one of my workshop luxuries.
Whilst my Cowells drilling machine had served my well it was not really man enough
for much of what I found myself undertaking and so a much larger floor standing machine
was purchased, Photograph 3, added to this later is the compound table seen mounted
onto the machine's table, Photograph 4. Do not be fooled though into thinking that
this enables milling to be carried out on the drilling machine, it does not. Four
things make this impractical, 1. the drill chuck is inadequate for holding milling
cutters, 2. the chuck is not held in place with a draw bar (very dangerous) 3. there
is no fine down feed and 4. the down feed cannot be locked in place. Otherwise it
would be practical as the table itself is robust enough.