My Web Site
This web site is just a fun project for an old retired guy to show off some of his hobby projects and maybe sell a tool or two on occasion.

My current kick is building Hit ‘N Miss Model engines. I think I’m an accomplished machinist and engines give me a means to show off my work and have some fun while doing it. I enjoy building something that “runs” or something useful, like a special tool. I have a mechanical engineering degree and spent some time in shop classes and when in school on a co-op program running various metal working machines. Getting back to running machines and getting my hands dirty has been fun.

Woodworking is another of my interests. After retiring from commercial real estate I made custom furniture and wood turnings for a few years. Tired of that I set up a small home machine shop which I had always wanted and decided to make a few things for “Neil.”


 I have a new web store: http://www.neilsniche.com where I'm selling Tailstock Tap/Die/Holders,      an Ignition Buzz Box, a Red Wing Construction Photo CD, and a South Bend lathe Dial Indicator Holder. Go to the end the engine photos for a photo link to a VIDEO of the engine running



My second engine is this 1/3 scale model of a 1905 Domestic Vertical 1-1/2 HP engine. 

This is a replica I made of Henry Ford's first engine that he made in 1893. Click photo for additional photos and description

The Tailstock Tap/Die Holder is now available for purchase on my web store www.neilsniche.com

Below is the Buzz Box that I have been building and selling for some time now. Click the photo for photos and info. It is also available for purchase on my web store www.neilsniche.com

Below is my Die Filing Machine that I built from a MLA kit.
Click photo for information and more photos

This was my first engine project. A model of a 1-1/2 HP Economy Hit 'N Miss engine from the 1920's.

Neil Butterfield

Home Shop Machinist

Construction CD of the Red Wing Engine

Click on the photo below for ordering the CD

 When building the Red Wing engine I took over 2000 Construction photos. I edited that down to about 550 photos and made a CD which I am now selling. I call it a "Red Wing Construction photo CD." Also, included on the CD are photos of my modest shop and my machines along with a video of the Red Wing engine running. The Red Wing engine running CD can be seen here on this site also. This Construction Photo CD can also be purchased on my web store

This is my third hit 'n miss engine the Red Wing
1/4 scale model completed June 2011. Click photo for additional info and photos.

My Latest project is this ER-40 Collet Chuck I made for  my South Bend 9" lathe. Click photo for description and photos

​​This is my Tailstock Tap/Die Holder. Click photo for additional info.

That's all folks! Click on a photo for more info and a link to a Video you may enjoy viewing 


Now available my latest web site addition. Made from a kit produced by MLA, a South Bend Carriage Dial Indicator holder for their 9" and 10K lathes. Click the photo for more photos and purchasing information.

To purchase go to http://www.neilsniche.com