Simple Workshop Devices

Tubal Cain, who has enjoyed more than sixty years experience in designing and building engines and machines (in both full size and model scale) shares his experiences of making 52 ancillary lathe devices. Continue reading

Workshop Drawing

The long-awaited new edition of Tubal Cain’s comprehensive, classic guide to making the reading technical workshop drawings, featuring the author’s classic text with completely new illustrations and technical drawings, specially created for this purpose. Continue reading

Drills, Taps and Dies

In this book, Tubal Cain discusses drills and drilled holes and threading with taps and dies, primarily by hand. Imperial and metric sizes plus conversions are included together with all standard thread gauges, sharpening etc. Continue reading

Soldering and Brazing

Joining metal by one form or another of soft and hard soldering, or brazing with various alloys, are run-of-the-mill jobs in model and light engineering workshops. Tubal Cain examines the processes, equipment, materials and explains what is happening in the joints as they are made. Continue reading


Bryan Acton Bryan Acton was educated at Eltham College and lived in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. He was introduced to winemaking by Trappist Monks in Palestine in 1943, while he was on armed service and progressed to being a member of the … Continue reading

Spring Design and Manufacture

Few mechanics are entirely devoid of springs of one sort or another, but satisfactory operation rests on details such as spring strength and degree of movement. This book explains the property of each type of spring, plus essential materials and methods. Continue reading

Workholding in the Lathe

A fundamental requirement of the lathe operation is the ability to hold any workpiece securely on the machine. In this book, the author discusses all the practical aspects of the subject, with photographs to illustrate specific points. Continue reading

Milling Operations in the Lathe

This book is a thorough and practical discourse on how to use the lathe for all types of milling work. Next to turning, the most valuable use of the lathe is for milling operations, either using the lathe itself to drive the cutters or by extending its scope by adding a separate milling attachment. Continue reading

Ornamental Turning

This is the definitive guide to the art, aimed at not only the experienced turner but also at the novice. Tom Walshaw provides comprehensive chapters on purpose -built ornamental lathes, essential accessories, using cutting and decorative tools plus detailed information about screw threads and templates. Continue reading

Model Engineer’s Handbook

This third edition comprises a compilation of tables, facts, procedures and data that the author has found invaluable in his model engineering activities including the use of data and calculations in both imperial and SI units. The book also contains helpful explanations of the hows and whys of using many of the entries. Continue reading

Building Simple Model Steam Engines – Book 2

Since the publication of the first book, the author has designed and built several more engines ranging from a delightful little turbine to a larger engine in the style of the magnificent ‘Steam Engines of the Highest Class’ offered by toymakers before WW1. Fully detailed methods of construction with the beginner in mind. Continue reading