Charles's Metalworking Page

Since around 2010, my interests have extended to metal working, and I have now a nice lathe (well, actually 2) and a very decent milling machine. I have taken a subscription to Model Engineer Workshop, as I am not a trained hobbyist in metal working.

The above links provide indexes only. If you would like to have the articles or back issues themselves, you will need to contact the publisher at MEW or better, take a (digital) subscription, which gives access to all previous issues of MEW (although quality of the digital issues could well be improved upon!)

My subscription started at #169 (November 2010), but my index includes earlier work on the MEW index from Colin Usher, (who stopped after #190) and combined his work with the other index from Derry, who also stopped after #190. I am very much indebted to Colin and Derry, their indices are a very useful resource for the earlier and very interesting articles in MEW. Combining the 2 indexes into my index system has been a work of slow progress; many duplications between the 2 sources needed to be removed, some categories changed, but also the format I used is different because I wanted to have the MEW index fit into the same format as my other lists. As a result, my current index from 1-180 is mostly a combination of the work of Colin and Derry while from 190 onwards the index is my contribution.

In adapting MEW to my exisisting format, I faced the problem that not all issues of MEW had a specific month allocated (I use the numbers 1-12 for this). Some were called "Winter" or "Christmas"; in the early years there were less than 12 issues in the year; but there have also been years with more than 12 issues. I have allocated these "winter" etc issues a specific month number. But when there were more than 12 issues in the year, I had to use duplicated month numbers. In short: only the issue number is unique! So be it.

I terminated my subscription of MEW after issue No. 318 for a number of reasons. I found too many articles to be of too trivial nature; many articles are related to the improvement, correction or completion of low-cost imported machinery, which I do not own; the continued use of imperial units, sometimes even given as decimal fractions of an inch because the original was in sensible metric units. Or just because my book shelves became overloaded and something had to go.

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