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Instructor: Al Dodson

Workshop Fee:
NAWCC Member

$660 Early Bird (before 09/19/2014)

$710 Regular

Non Member

$700 Early Bird (before 09/19/2014)

$750 Regular

Lab Fee: $75.00

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School of Horology
514 Poplar Street
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-8261 ext.237

 Introduction to Machine Tools and Materials: Build a Clock


This class is an introduction to machining and materials. The classroom includes a complete set of tools and machines for each student. Students will “build” their own working clock using the gearing and escapement of a modern German clock movement (Regula AM44). Using the Sherline lathe and milling machine, this conversion will familiarize students with many aspects of machining and allow them to complete the project in the short time available. The skills taught are applicable to any field requiring micro machining and the abundant “hands-on” time will familiarize students with machine tools and their operation. Accuracy is basic to precision work and we will use the micrometer and caliper to take measurements to aid in our work. Also covered is basic metallurgy and the making of custom tooling.

Upon completing the course the student should be able to:

·         Read and use, both English and metric calipers and micrometers
·         Convert from one system of measurement to the other
·         Identify common metals and uses of their various alloys
·         Harden and temper tool steel
·         Make several useful, small tools
·         Properly use saws, files and other basic tools
·         Safely use a torch
·         Use the Sherline lathe and accurately turn to dimension
·         Use the Sherline milling machine to accurately preform various operations


The workshop will be held at the NAWCC School of Horology on Monday-Friday (half day on Friday), between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00. Those students wishing to stay Friday afternoon may use the time to practice skills learned during the course. This includes 1 hour for lunch each day.



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