Metalworking Resources and Downloads

Whenever I try to learn something new, I gather as many resources I can find and just have a go at it.  Sometimes, it is worth putting those things in a convenient location for easy access or as a reminder.  That is the intent of this page.  Here you will find links to books, websites and other information that I have found helpful in my journey.  I hope some of the stuff on this page will be of use to you.



The following list of items are either things I have created for download or have been given permission to host here at The Heap to make available for download.  To Download an Item from the list, click the Icon to the left of the description.


Elmer's Engines by Elmer Verburg [ISBN: 0-9621671-0-X, Publisher: Old Orchard Publishing Service] - Out of Print

pdf icon 64x64Please note, as i understand it, Mr. Dirk Tollenaar holds the copyright to this book and has given me his express permission to provide it as a download.  If you have concerns, please contact me by using the contact link above.

Elmer's Enigines is a book that contains 52 chapters of different steam engines that the modeller can build.  It includes dimensioned drawings in imperial measure.  The book also has an appendix that has some tools and technical data to create your own designs.

Elmer Verberg was born in Grand Rapids Michigan and raised in the Grandville area. Graduated from Grand Rapids Davis Tech High School His grandfather was a ships carpenter and his father a Millwright Elmer started at Blackmer Pump Company in the Grand Rapids he advanced through the company to Chief draughtsman during ww2 and in later years had the title of Designer After 41 years he retired in 1970 to a cottage with 15 acres out in the farming area west of Cedar Springs Michigan. (see note)

Here is a link to a YouTube video of many of Elemr's Engines running at a school.  This video features Elmer's son, Ralph Verburg talking a bit about his father. [].

(note) Elmer Verburg's biographical information was copied from a post located at  You can read the original post here.





Welcome to the Metalworking pages.

I have an interest in learning to work and machine metal.  I am a computer professional by trade and getting a chance to work with my hands on something other than a keyboard and mouse seems like a rewarding past time for me. I also think metalworking is a natural progression from metal casting.  My thoughts are, if you can cast metal and then machine it, then your creativity level is expanded exponentially.  So this is my landing page to those adventures, for better or worse.

Below are the list of things that I have been doing and making videos for.  If any of them interest you, either click the link at the end of the description, click the icons or access them via the Metalworking menu bar at the top of the page.  Thank you for taking the time to visit and if you would like to send me a message, please use the contact menu item above.

Atlas 10F TH54 Lathe

atlas logoYears ago I was given a Lathe in a trade.  It was a small 6" Craftsman Dunlap lathe.  This little lathe was fraught with frustration for me as it was small, had a weird thread pitch for the cross slide and compound, had no easy way to traverse the saddle and some other issues.  Using the small machine did spark my interest and gave me the desire for a larger lathe.  After some time looking about in the local papers and Craigslist, I happened on an Atlas TH54 10F Lathe.  The lathe as I found it was in rough shape, missing some stuff and needed some TLC before she could even be used.  BUT, the price was right for the shoe string budget that I have and I brought her home.

Bertha, as I call her is a 10" Swing lathe with 36" more or less between centers.  She sits on cast iron legs and currently adorns the basement of my house until my shop is ready to give her a space of her own,

I have done much work getting the machine to a running state and have documented the process hoping that it may help others in their endeavours.  For a complete video log of what I done to get her back in good working order check out the Atlas 10F Lathe pages.

The YouTube Shop Student

YT Shop StudentAfter getting the Atlas Lathe up and running it was time to learn to use the machine proper.  The YouTube Shop Student of videos gives a glimpse into what i have been learning and making.  These videos additionally will provide some project based examples to other people wishing to learn or follow along with what I am making.  So if you are interested in following along with what I am making in the shop, stop by and check out the YouTube Shop Student Pages.

Resources & Downloads

InformationThere are many things on the Internet that can help us learn about machining, metalworking, casting and a host of other things.  Also there are many books and video on the subject.  The Resource and Download section is here to provide links and downloads to things that have helped me, or that may otherwise be useful.  This page will slowly grow over time so you may want to check in occasionally to see what is available on the Resources and Download page.