The Model Tool and Miniature Machine Shop Section

of the Internet Craftsmanship Museum

Models of machine tools are often favorite subjects of model engineers. They model the machines in their own shop in miniature or choose favorite machine tools from the past for a subject. Most craftsmen have a certain love for the tools of their trade, and machinists often honor that love by modeling the machines that made the machines that made the machines that made the machines in their own shop. Included here are a few of the craftsmen who specialize in making models of machine tools in miniature. (Click photo of Al Osterman's 1/6 scale Putnam planer for a larger image.)

Model machine tool builders represented in this section are:

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Craftsman (Click name to visit the page on this craftsman)

Typical Project (Click photo for larger image)

John Aschauer

A well-known display of 1/16 scale miniature machine tools now housed in the American Precision Museum in Vermont.

Paul Hamler

Miniature vintage woodworking tools

Barry Jordan

2003 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year

Jerry Kieffer

1997 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year

John Maki

Classic Victorian woodworking tools in 1/3 scale

Alfred Mellows
Masterpiece 1/6 scale Holbrook Lathe produced in England

Al Osterman

A shop full of vintage machine tools in miniature

William R. Robertson

Miniature tools and tool chests for collectors of dollhouse miniatures plus furniture and more

Gerhard Spielmann

A builder of miniature machine tools as well as boat and airplane models

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New Submissions Welcomed

If you have additional information on a project or builder shown on this site that your would like to contribute, please e-mail We also welcome new contributions. Please see our page at for a submission form and guidelines for submitting descriptive copy and photos for a new project.

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This section is sponsored by The Engine Collectors' Journal, a publication for collectors of the small gas engines used for model aircraft, boats and racecars. Published since 1963 by the Model Museum at 28795 County Road 331, Buena Vista, CO 81211 (Mailing address P.O. Box 243, Buena Vista, CO 81211).

Our special thanks to Tim Dannels at The Engine Collectors' Journal for his contributions to this section.

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