This is my machining workshop … and my home from home!
My Home From Home
As one may see from the photos, I have other interests outside of horology such as radio control model boats built from wood, model steam engines, and any other interesting mechanisms that come my way.
The machine-shop is equipped with four lathes, a milling machine, two drill presses, a bench grinder and some other miscellaneous tools. Due to the dust issue, all woodworking and air tools are located in the garage. My machine shop occupies two rooms built off of my garage. I am very lucky in that it has central air conditioning and heat.
I have restored two of the lathes I own. the Atlas 12” lathe dates back to the 1930s as does the Atlas 6” They are almost as old as the clocks I repair on them!
I also have an instrument lathe I restored. Both the instrument lathe and the 12” Atlas Lathe lathe were in dire straits when I purchased them. Restoring old machine tools, for the most part, involves hours and hours of cleaning rusty or greasy parts, cleaning polishing and re-painting. There is not much to it other than getting up to your elbows in grease and sweat but it is well worth the effort when you consider the end result.
I have a small Taig Lathe for fine clock work and I use a Saig X3 Super milling machine. I use the milling machine along with an optical center-finder for clock bushing work.