New in 1999!


Have you forgone the pleasure of building a small geared engine simply because the thought of having to cut your own gears brings a shiver down your metalworking spine? Even if can muster up the nerve, you realize that so called involute gear cutters cost an arm and a leg. Then you need a set of eight cutters to enable you to cut the entire range of teeth for 12 to Rack. The cost in cutters alone can reach well over $200 before you even begin thinking about arbors to hold them.
It's no wonder many of us will simply go to the nearest gear vendor and put down $50 -$60 for a pair of brass spur gears.
In this video you will learn the secrets of the HOB. You will not only learn how to use a hob, but you will also learn how to build one from scratch right on your small to medium size lathe and small milling machine. For a total cost of about $3 in materials you can make a hob that will not only enable you to EASILY make any number tooth spur gear as well as even a worm and worm gear.
You will be amazed at how simple gear making can be!
You can make any diemetral pitch hob by simply following the easy Diemetral Pitch chart that is included as part of the video. The video shows a 1/10 pitch spiral and straight hob being made and then used to make gears of various diameters. You will not need to compute anything. All basic diameters for gear blanks for gears of any numbers of teeth will also be included in the package. If you rather use a calculator to figure out diameters, easy formulas for that are also included.
Once you have used a HOB to cut a gear you will wonder why you would use anything else!!!
"Making gears the easy way"
4 hours $38+ $3.20 1st class shipping


Could you just kick yourself for having missed this great event! No need to worry any further. The complete event along with the sights and sounds and almost the smells has been captured on video to enjoy and your leisure.
Examine and enjoy these spectacular marvels of model engineering up close and "IN YOUR FACE", in every glorious detail. Marvel at the intricate linkages and movements of these amazing creations.
The show was not only models. There were also numerous tool and machinery dealers there, as well as a large "live steam " train layout and you can enjoy it all when you view this video.
Cabin Fever 1999
55 min $20 + $3. 20 S/H 1st class mail anywhere in the USA


Watch the author as he builds a fully operational and capable boring head. In this almost two hour video you will learn in full detail how to make a boring head with micrometer adjustment feature with very little material and equipment. In fact, although the author uses his home made milling machine to build it, it could be easily built using the TAIG lathe plus milling attachment. You will see the dovetailed components being built from layout to finish. The unit takes 1/4" shank shopmade boring bars which you will see as well, although commercial 3/8" bring bars could be substituted instead. The idea here was to make a miniature version of a commercially available boring head complete will all the normal features found on them, but only about 1/2 the overall size. Small machines such as the Taig Micromill and Sherline milling machines will vibrate when a full size boring head is installed with the head offset even a small amount. This unit is small, compact, but extremely strong and stiff. This will be evident at the end of the video during the actual test, boring out of an existing bore on a workpiece. The head itself is adjustable in thousands of an inch with its graduated screw and its male dovetail is kept snug or fully locked during cutting by three gib screws. This unit has a real brass gib rather than the usual practice of slitting the female dovetail to create a pseudo gib. All in all, for the cost of a pack of cigarettes you make build a great addition to your tool shelf that will perform for you for a lifetime!


In this nearly 12 hour long two part video marathon, you will witness the seemingly impossible!! Observe the author as he builds a fully operating and capable 80 pound variable speed milling machine with existing TAIG Micro lathe components and readily available stock aluminum material. A commercial heavy duty X & Y milling table is utilized to complete the project. This is definitively not a "TOY" but a complete milling center that will out perform just about anything in its class. For a total expenditure of less than $300. You too could have a tool that will perform better than milling machines costing more than twice as much. This video will take you through every step from its initial conception and planning to and beyond its very successful conclusion in painstaking detail so that you too will be able to easily duplicate this achievement! As an extra bonus, you will be treated to a fully narrative and visual step by step presentation on the building of a 60:1 geared dividing head that with the addition of a simple shop made indexing accessory will allow it to divide anything into as many as 21,600 equal divisions and for that matter, any other number divisible into that. You will also learn how to easily cut perfectly fitting dovetailed sliding joints with the simplest of equipment. This two items alone would be worth the price of this video set. See how to produce a professional quality engraved dial with nothing more than a small lathe ( TAIG ). You will see each component being worked, fitted and assembled as the unit is magically transformed more and more into a "REAL" milling machine. The final two hours or so will be devoted to a full battery of milling operations performed on real components that make up part of the geared dividing head including other milling goodies. During the filming of the final milling tests, cuts where routinely taken on 6061-T6 alloy to depths of over 90 thou with a common imported 1/4" diameter four flute end mill. We do not recommend that you routinely cut to those depths but it sure is nice to be able to so when needed.
This a definite "MUST" for anyone who has grown tired of using alternative milling methods but either is not ready to invest the big bucks for a commercially available bench top milling machine or simply not satisfied with what's presently available out there.


12 HOURS IN TWO 6 HOUR LONG CASSETTES $55 + $4.20  1st class S/H Available for immediate delivery after 5-8-98 See article posted on this WEB page.


Are you tired of avoiding machine projects simply because you do not own or have access to a milling machine? Learn some of the secrets to successful milling techniques utilizing your existing lathe as well as a drill press. I know what you must be thinking. This guy must be crazy!!! Milling on a drill press???? I as well as none other than Rudy Kouhoupt have been doing just that very thing for years now with entirely good results in finish as well as dimensional accuracy. You will also see the Taig Microlathe being put trough its paces milling a workpiece held on the cross slide as well as with the vertical milling accessory. See the Taig with the externally mounted modified micro drill press to convert it into a miniature 3 in 1 machining center. See the 7 x 10 Minilathe in conjunction with the Taig Vertical Milling accessory performing milling cuts with hardly an effort. We finish the presentation with the 8" modified drill press performing milling on a rough block of stock held on a great little shopmade milling vice. This the only drill press with a micrometer operated locking spindle. See it being used and you too will marvel at its simplicity.

After viewing this tape, you too should be well on your way to the pleasures of milling without having to own a milling machine.
"Milling without a Milling Machine" $28 +$3.20 1st class  S/H


Finally the mystery of thread cutting has been made simple enough for the first time user! In this two hour video tape you will see and learn the easy way to cut with taps, dies as well as perform external and internal single point threading operations. Learn the secrets of that "DREADED" threading dial as well as how to avoid using the dial altogether if you chose to. The perfect companion to have along when you are ready to produce extremely true running threads for all your projects!
"Threading on the lathe" $28 + $3.20  S/H


Finally it is done! See the Taig Microlathe perform some of the most unorthodox machining techniques most thought were impossible. Learn how to make 60-50-40 hole indexing plates and how to use it of the Taig.

Get that tail stock set to within a few tenth in a couple of minutes with a simple shop made test bar and TDI. See a heavy duty motorized cross slide drill rig that will perform any radial drilling as well as milling job. See a 50 division graduated dial being engraved with the use of a simple device. Turn the Taig into a miniature 3 in 1 machining center. Would you like a graduated carriage lead screw for your Taig? After viewing this video tape set, you will be able to make one in one evening. Learn to make and use several flex shaft milling and grinding units for both the cross slide and the vertical milling attached. How about auto feed for the carriage and cross slide! These are just some of the fun subjects that will be covered in this new and unique production. Hundreds of $$$ were invested in the production of this video to give the customer the best possible value. The video and audio quality of this tape is excellent. There were some technical quality problems ( audio and video ) with the original Basic Taig Tape and this tape has since been discontinued and a new high quality version produced.
Basic Taig Microlathe Techniques: $28 + $3.20
Advanced Taig Microlathe MicromachiningTechniques: $38 + $3.20


Would you like to be able to see for yourself what can be done on a Taig Micro Lathe, with just minimal tooling and expense? Are you somewhat undecided about acquiring one of these small but very capable tools and somehow wished you could just see one being put through its paces before opening your wallet?

Well,, wait no more!!! Finally there is a video that will answer most of your basic questions about this lathe. Initial setup hints will be discussed, during a thorough tour of the lathe and its basic components. This will be followed with a complete hands on demonstration of all the basic machining operations possible on this tool. These will include: Facing - Turning - Grooving - Cut off or parting cuts - Chamfering - Center drilling - Drilling- Reaming - Tapping - Thread cutting with a die - Boring cuts - Milling and much more!

$28 + $3.20 1st class S/H


This one has been a hot topic in recent months on the Net, the various metalworking newsgroups and mailing lists. Now all of your questions, doubts and anything else you may have been wandering about this tool will be answered in a four hour, no holds barred video presentation. The tape will begin with a full tour of the tool, followed by a complete machining presentation that should put to rest any fears or reservations you may have had about this tool once and for all!!! Not only will you be shown just about every basic machining cut a lathe is able to do, you will also see a complete "milling on the lathe " demonstration adapting the Taig vertical milling slide to the minilathe's cross slide. An extremely informative presentation that will also double as a perfect machining minicourse.
"Machining Operations on the 7 x10 Variable Speed Minilathe"
One TAPE  4 HOURS $38 + $3.20


This video just had to be to done in order to show most beginning micro machinists and even some not so new, that if you simply cannot yet afford to add a "REAL" milling machine to your shop, you can still perform just about every type of milling operation in the book by using a small to medium drill press after some of the special modifications you will learn on this tape. That's not to say that you should forego ever obtaining a milling machine. Instead, the goal of this video is to show you that you simply don't have to wait for years until the funds for that 1000 pound monster are raised. There are no special camera effects, cut-always as workpieces are substituted. You will see the author performing: End milling - Side milling - Cutting shoulders - Slots - Slitting cuts - Spot drilling - Drilling Tapping Basic indexing on 5C spin jigs - X & Y coordinate locating with wigglers and edge finders and much more!

Shop made tools will be shown as well as construction information. You will also learn the simple but very effective tricks used to transform this 40 pound weakling into a capable milling tool. You will see the author's special micrometer spindle / quill feed, accurate to .001" and locking feature he built into this tool and how it is used.

Don't avoid those projects requiring milling. Learn right now how it was done and begin milling in less than a few days with the help of this new video.All in all, probably the best video on this very "TABOO" subject of milling in the drill press!
"Yes You Can Mill on the Drillpress"
TWO TAPE SET 4 HOURS $38 + $4.20 1st class S/H


Make all the spindle accessories you will need for your lathe with a simple, easy to make spindle gauge. This tape will take you through a full two hour, detailed demonstration on how to make a precision spindle gauge directly on your 7 x 10 that you can then use to machine matching spindle tooling not presently available for this lathe. All this without having to remove the chuck! You will need to remove it only once in the beginning to take two initial micrometer measurements for the diameter and thickness of the mounting back plate / flange. The author has adapted a four jaw chuck for it, has made a slotted face plate, a driving catch plate and dog clamp and is presently working on a collet chuck with frontal collet closer that will directly mount to the spindle. A must have for those wishing they could have more spindle tooling than just the three jaw chuck the lathe comes equiped with!

"Make a Spindle Adapter"
 2 HR $28 + $3.20 1st class s/h


Detailed look at ten scratch built operating steam engines built solely on TAIG Microlathes and 7 x10 Minilathes. This will be the answer to the question " yeah,, they look and seem to work OK but can they actually make something that will work???? " The author will take through each individual project, highlighting all important construction details as well as types of material required to build them. After talking about them, they are put through their paces, happily running on just a few pounds of compressed air. Following the steam engine talk and demo, you will get to visit the author's home shop for the rest of the full two hour program. A whole lot of machining talk and fun, all for a special price.
"Steam Engines and Shop Visit"
 $25 2hr +$3.20 1ST CLASS s/h

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