Machine Shop Committee

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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.


The Machine Shop Committee covers the machine shop equipment, such as:

Governance: The committee is a benevolent dictatorship.


  1. Maintain and provide tooling for the machine shop equipment
  2. Train people on the operation of this equipment
  3. Oversee the usage of the HAAS mill


  • Aaron Leiter
  • Adam Oas
  • Alan Downey
  • Alyssa Pipe
  • Andrew Falgout
  • Andrew Spencer
  • Benjamin Groves
  • Charles Wahlert
  • Chris Seger
  • Christopher Wischkowsky
  • Colin Van
  • David Mandala
  • Dave Fenyes
  • David Kessinger
  • David Ratcliff
  • David Steele
  • David Walljasper
  • Doug Williams
  • Dylan Halsey
  • Ed Koffeman
  • Frank Lima
  • Frank Scranton
  • Franklin Cooper
  • Gino Palencia
  • Graylon Senor
  • James McQuirter
  • Jason Daniels
  • Jayson Woods
  • Jason Henrikson
  • Jeff Ray
  • Jerrel Kenemore
  • Joel Braby
  • Jonathan Brandenburg
  • Jose Quinones
  • Josepf Setne
  • Joseph Helmstetter
  • Josh Bond
  • Joshua Masseo
  • Justin Hrbacek
  • Ken Purcell
  • Kent Bowling
  • Lance Preston
  • Levi Corcoran
  • Lisa Selk
  • Luke Agens
  • Mathew Busby
  • Melanie
  • Michael Allbright
  • Michael Ivison
  • Michael Lass
  • Mitch McDaniel
  • Nick Silva
  • Paul Brown
  • Rich Thompson
  • Richard Bauman
  • Richard Howell
  • Richard Meyer, PE
  • Rick Lowe
  • Robert Johnson IV
  • Romeo Espana
  • Trae Greenlee
  • Travis Zinger
  • Walter Anderson
  • William Redmond
  • Zach Metzinger


The HAAS VF-2 requires training, as does the Bridgeport mill, the Colchester lathe and the Kalamazoo cold cut saw. Nothing else in the machine shop requires training, however members should not use any equipment without understanding its operational and safety requirements. Manuals and some video tutorials are available on this page. If you require help with using equipment, send an email to

Training for the HAAS VF-2 is is offered to members on a regular basis; see the event calendar for details. Once trained, members will be allowed to use the CNC mill only under supervision, until they have demonstrated their proficiency in its operation.
To contact HAAS supervisors, send an email to

A basic course in the operation of the Bridgeport mill is regularly offered. This class is broken into two sections, an in-classroom session that covers controls, safety, etc. and a second session with some hands-on demonstration.

Other training is in development.


Bridgeport Series I

User Manual
DRO User Manual
Motor information
Bridgeport 101 Class Material

Clausing Drill Press


Colchester Bantam 2000 Lathe

Colchester 101 Class Material

Manual for VFD (HY03D023B, found on committee group)
Bantam 2000 Manual
Colchester thread cutting, feed rates, and worm gear cutting information

CLAUSING-Colchester 13" Lathe

Parts and Manuals


Programming Manual
Machinist's Guide to Toolholder Maintenance
Technical / Maintenance information on RFID system

PowerMatic 87 Vertical Band Saw

Manual for Newer Version

Kalamazoo Cold Saw


Torrent Parts Washer

User Manual


Configuration Files


Cimco Edit

CNC Programs

Spindle Warmup

External Sites

CNC Handbook

MIT Machine Shop Instructional Videos - The Gold Standard

  1. Part Layout, Drill Press (Basic), Tapping
  2. Drill Press (Advanced), Bandsaw
  3. Part Finishing (Sanding, Grinding, Deburring, Polishing)
  4. Manual Mill 1
  5. Manual Mill 2
  6. Manual Mill 3
  7. Manual Mill 4
  8. Manual Lathe 1
  9. Manual Lathe 2
  10. Manual Lathe 3

Mr Pete (Machining Videos)
Very good instructor ClickSpring Instructional Videos, very accessible.
Destiny Tool
Engine Turning
G-Code Tutorial
Guerrilla Guide to CNC Machining
Learn CNC

Practical Machinist
That Lazy Machinist The Virtual Machine Shop
Tom Lipton (Machining Videos) Author of Metalworking Doing it Better and Metalworking Sink or Swim
University of Idaho Mindworks

Parts and Equipment

Bits and Bits *Makes engraving cutters, wax milling cutters, end mills and has diamond drag engraving bits.
Bridgeport Parts
Brownell's Gunsmithing Supplies (lots of hard to find tools even for non-gunsmithing...)
Discount tools
Fastener Express
Enco (Machining tools, equipment, and accessories)
Maritool (Machine Tooling)
McMaster Carr
MSC Industrial Supply
Precision Balls
Monster Jaws (soft jaws for Kurt Vises)
Stock Drive Products *Good source of gears and other machine parts
Travers Tool Company

Metal Suppliers

CDC Products Mechanical surplus: Cut-offs, hard plastics, aluminum, steel, various metals in smaller sizes. Drill bits, mill tooling, hand tools, high strength nuts and bolts. Note: This is manufacturing surplus so stock changes often. If you see it, buy it, it may not be there the next time.

    940 E Beltline Rd, Ste 172, Richardson, TX 75081 (Midway between Greenville and Plano Road) Open Tue - Fri, 10AM - 6PM, No Credit Cards accepted!
    (972) 918-9886

Garland Steel Hot rolled angles, flats, rounds, channels, pipe, tubing, plate, and sheet. Cold rolled flat bar, round, square, and hex. Also do metal recycling.

    312 S. International, Garland, TX 75042

McMurray Metals Co. has the established resources to provide hard to find brass, copper and bronze materials when others can not.

    3000 Elm Street, Dallas,Texas 75226


    1240 Majesty Dr., Dallas, TX 75247 MAP
    Hours: 7:30AM to 5:00PM Monday-Friday

Metal Supermarkets

    1401 Summit Ave #7, Plano, TX 75074


    405 N. Plano Rd., Richardson, TX 75081
    Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday
    Toll-Free: 800-442-4914
    Tel: 972-231-5176
    Fax: 972-889-1885

Online Metals online, USA ;)

Speedy Metals Only no minimum source of cast iron I have found

    New Berlin, Wisconsin
    Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM CST Monday-Friday

Wylie Steel Structural Steel Beams, culverts, Ornamental Iron - only limited sheet steel

    3700 N. Highway 78, Wylie, TX 75098

Midwest Steel and Aluminum Low cost cast aluminum plate

Equipment List

Mill Tooling

  • Collets (R8)
    • These are used to hold milling cutters (end mills, shell mills, etc...) and are located in a rack attached to the Bridgeport mill.
  • Collets (5C)
    • These are used to hold stock in the Spin Indexer to be milled. Currently we have 0.250", 0.375", 0.500", 0.625", 0.750", 0.825", and 1.000" They are located in in a small labelled laser cut wood holder located on the shelf above the machine shop work bench.
  • Dividing Head
    • We have a Yuasa 550-030 dividing head. We do not own the tail stock or the center with carrier. We do have a 6" three jaw chuck for this dividing head. The standard division plates are; A-15,16,17,18,19,20; B-21,23,27,29,31,33; and C-37,39,41,43,47,49 The dividing head is stored on the second table in the machine shop.
    • User manual
  • Drill Chuck (R8)
    • These are used to hold tools for drilling operations in the mill (countersinks, counterbores, reamers, twist drills, etc...) and is located in a rack attached to the Bridgeport mill.
  • End Mills
    • End mills are consumables (they wear out) so a current list would be too time consuming to maintain; however, our current available supply can be found in a grey cabinet on the machine shop workbench.
  • Gauge Blocks (Jo Blocks)
    • Tutorial on proper use of gauge blocks
    • These are located in the red tool box, in the drawing with the other measuring equipemnt
    • These are expensive precision pieces of equipment and should only be used for calibration of measurement equipment like micrometers, or for layout work like setting up a sine bar. Also, if one block is lost or misplace, the utility of the set is greatly diminished. Please be especially careful if you need to use these.
  • Rotary Table
    • This is located on the lower shelf, under the machine shop work table
  • Shell Mill
    • The shell mill is located on the workbench in the machine shop area. This uses replaceable inserts, which are located in ...
  • Spin Indexer
    • This is currently being modified to allow direct indexing and is not ready for use; however, it is located on the work bench table.
  • Spot Drills
    • Spot drills are consumables (they wear out) so a current list would be too time consuming to maintain; however, our current available supply can be found in a grey cabinet on the machine shop workbench.

Set-up and Measurement Tools

  • SPI 4 piece combination square
    • This is in the red tool box with the other measurement equipment
  • 0-6" Dial Calipers
    • In the black tool box
  • 0-6"/0-150mm Dial Calipers
    • Red toolbox, in drawer with other measurement equipment
  • Center Finder
    • Located in the drawer (labeled edge finder) in the end mill cabinet (on the workbench shelf)
  • Dial Indicators
    • Located in the top of the red tool box
  • Dial Test Indicators
    • Located in the black toolbox
  • Edge Finder
    • Located in a drawer (labeled edge finder) in the end mill cabinet (on the workbench shelf)
  • Machinist Jacks
    • A pair of machinist jacks for supporting odd shaped parts during set-up. Located in the top of the red toolbox.
  • 0-1" Micrometer
    • Located in the top of the red tool box
  • Noga Indicator Mount
    • Located attached to the top of the red toolbox.
  • Set of telescoping hole measurement gauges
    • Used to accurate measure the diameter of holes from 5/16" to 6". Located in the red tool box drawer with the other measurement equipment
  • 6" 5R steel rule
    • In red toolbox, in drawer with other measuring equipment
  • 18" 5R steel rule
    • On order
  • 600mm steel rule
    • Located on the workbench shelf

Machinist Information

Reference Materials

Public Domain Books on Machining
English and Metric Tap and Clearance drill sizes
Rake and relief angles for lathe cutting tools
Sharpening Lathe tool bits
Dimensions of standard tapers
End Mill Speeds and Feeds

Instructional Information

Maintenance / To Do List

Outstanding Tasks

How To Join

Add your name to the "Members" section of this wiki page or send an e-mail to the chairperson requesting to join. Join the Google Group (mailing list) using the link below.


Discussions are held via the the Google Group. To join the Google Group use the link below and request an invite. Invite requests can also be sent to the chairperson who administers the Google Group.


User Projects
Steam Engine #3
Carbon Fiber Autoclave
CLAUSING-Colchester 13" Lathe