The Sherline Miniature Machinist's Newsletter
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Number 77—October 3, 2016


This month we have some exciting announcements: Sherline Products has become a proud sponsor of the Stanford Student Space Initiative, and we have an interview with Marco Terenzi, craftsman of fine, miniature woodworking tools. There are also a number of events that Sherline Products will be attending in October, and some that we won't but still want to promote. Scroll down to read more on these topics.

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Sherline Sponsors the Stanford Student Space Initiative

Stanford University student, John Dean, recently approached Sherline Products to inquire if we were interested in sponsoring the Stanford Student Space Initiative. The Stanford SSI is Stanford's largest project-based student group, with more than 100 dues-paying members, split into five project teams: Balloons, Rockets, Satellites, Operations, and Policy.

Upon learning about the scope of their projects we recently partnered with Stanford SSI by donating one of our 2000-series CNC mills, with accessories, to help support their research efforts. The mill will be used to make parts for various projects like Parafoil Control.

John leads the Parafoil Control project. The goal of the project is to develop a controllable parafoil recovery system for a high-powered rocket to perform a return-to-launch site. Throughout the course of this year, according to John, this likely won't fly higher than 10,000 ft, because they are still in the testing phase. John did tell us, "The control unit will hopefully fly on much larger rockets in the future that we would like to launch, and hopefully in the next two to three years we will be able to do a space-shot, which would likely incorporate this control unit for recovery."

Here is a CAD render of the control unit, which uses two DC motors to control the parafoil. The final version of this AV bay will use aluminum milled by the Sherline 2000-CNC mill. Click on the CAD render to see a larger image.

John Dean is currently a rising sophomore majoring in electrical engineering. His role in SSI is to manage sponsorships and help with industry relations, and lead the parafoil controls team. After receiving his degree he would like to work in the aerospace industry, most likely as a controls engineer, and specifically he would like to work on launch systems.

We are excited to see how John, and the rest of the team at the Stanford SSI will be using the Sherline 2000-CNC mill in all their upcoming projects. We will keep you aprised of their progress in future newsletters. To learn more about the Stanford Student Space Initiative visit their Stanford SSI website.

Focus on Craftsmanship—Marco Terenzi

We first caught up with Marco Terenzi at the 2016 NAMES Expo in Wyandotte, MI (near Detroit) where he was displaying some of his latest projects. Marco specializes in creating beautiful, scale models of woodworking tools like handsaws, hammers, and jack planes, to name a few. He is a self described craft junkie and artist who loves working in miniature with wood and metal.

Marco just turned 26, very young for a craftsman with such skill and attention to fine detail. He attended the College for Creative Studies, a fine-art school in Detroit, where he studied art furniture, and took classes in blacksmithing and jewelry making as well.

After graduating from college, and inspired by the works of other craftsmen like Jerry Kieffer and Paul Hamler, Marco decided he wanted to try his hand at making precision scale models. He had always been interested modelmaking, but wanted to make sure that any machine he chose could replicate the finest detail down to the threads on a screw or the teeth on a saw blade. He began researching various machines that could attain the type of precision he had in mind. He finally decided that Sherline machines would help him attain his goal, and with that he bought his first Sherline package, which includes a 4400 Series Deluxe Lathe (3.5" x 17") and a 2000 Series Multi-direction Vertical Milling Machine (14" base).

When asked how he chose to begin modeling woodworking tools he said he had always loved woodworking, but he also loved the tools themselves as much as working with wood. He prefers to model everyday tools, the type you can find on a hardware store shelf, rather than an obscure one-of-kind item, because he feels that people can relate more easily to an object with which they might be familiar, like his low-angle jack planes. It took Marco over five months to complete a set of 20 jack planes, however, he said now that he has the process down he might be able to do it in two months.

His miniature tools show an attention to detail like no other. For example, he actually uses the model saws to cut wood for his miniature workshops, and he blacksmiths the hammer heads with his own scale hammers and anvil. Some of the materials used in his pieces are steel, brass, rosewood and boxwood.

He also has given classes on using Sherline tools. Recently he held a class where not only did he demo Sherline lathes, but he helped many of the participants by assisting them in setting up their very own Sherline lathes.

Marco has his own studio in Oxford MI, about 45 minutes north of Detroit, where he creates his miniature masterpieces. You can see more of his work on his website, blog or Instagram:

Upcoming Shows

  • October 6-8, 2016Nautical Research Guild Modeling Conference
    Join us in San Diego for the NRG’s 2016 annual ship modeling conference. Conference events include tours, round tables, and tech sessions. See NRG2016-San Diego for details.
  • October 6, 2016San Diego North County Resource Event
    Sherline Products will be participating in the San Diego North County Resource event co-hosted by the MiraCosta College Foundation and the MiraCosta Technology Career Institute located at 2075 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad 92011.CLICK HERE for details and check out the Manufacturing Week section.
  • October 7, 2016Tour Sherline in Conjunction with Manufacturing Day
    If you are in the San Diego North County area stop on by and take a tour of our manufacturing facility. We offer tours everyday to individuals and small groups, but this Friday, October 7 we are helping promote National Manufacturing Day. Our address is 3235 Executive Ridge, Vista, CA 92081, No appointment necessary. Assembly and Factory Tour Hours: 8:00-2:00.
  • October 22, 2016Model Engineering Show and Maker Space
    American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont is presenting a Model Engineering Show and Maker Space with model machines, demos, and kids activities. See for details.
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