Vertical Milling Machine

This picture of a light vertical milling machine which is offered in kit form by CALDWELL INDUSTRIES, Box 170, Luling, Texas 78648. For any further information write to the above.

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Box 1 70, Luling, Texas 78648

The neglected metal working hobbyist can now find contentment in the complete line of goods offered by CALD WELL INDUSTRIES of Luline, Texas. Their line, most of which is made in England, now offers for the first time in the American market many of the excellent items which have made metal working an extremely popular pastime in the United Kingdom, and which may account for the excellent reputation for craftsmanship given the British.


Through their catalog, CALDWELL INDUSTRIES offers nine categories of supplies, materials, and equipment for every phase of home metal working. Emphasis is placed on supplying the amateur machinist with professional quality products, engineered for the amateur, in areas completely neglected by manufacturers of industrial equipment. The nine categories include: tools, steam engines, steam tractors, gasoline engines, locomotives, steam fittings, clocks, books, and toys.

Their tools fulfill a need for the home craftsman. Some of their new tools include hand operated shapers, a milling machine in kit form, and six metal lathes varying in size from small portable models for apartment dwellers to the My-ford Super 7 gap bed lathe. All of their tools are unique in America, and are offered at prices within everyone's reach.

Their steam engines are a completely new line offered for the first time anywhere. The engines are supplied in casting form for the home craftsman to build. Both single cylinder and compound types are included. The simple engines provide an introduction to machining which can lead to broader fields.

A line of steam tractors from 15 inches in length to 46 provide interesting projects which link with the past. Models are included which were designed to be easily constructed and detailed scale models of actual engines.

Model gasoline engines are included to provide power for airplanes, boats, or stationary exhibits. Both air and water cooled types are available ranging in size and complexity from a 6cc model airplane engine to a two cylinder, four cycle, water cooled, overhead valve, 30cc engine.

A full range of steam locomotives from 2' to 10' gauge both finished and in kit form fulfill any need of the live steam enthusiast. While many of their designs are English, the basic design is the same and conversion to American appearance is not difficult. Through arrangements with a renown firm of English model makers new American models are forthcoming.

Steam fittings such as valves, pressure gauges, and connections make the construction of any model easier, and CALDWELL INDUSTRIES carries a full line.

A new dimension to model making is presented in the clock kit now carried by CALDWELL INDUSTRIES. For the first time, a clock movement can be purchased and constructed by the home machinist. An extremely accurate clock results from following a design which eliminates the delicate carefully balanced, small parts of conventional clock designs.

The further education of the home mechanic is not neglected through their book division, which carries American and English books in the subjects of interest to the model maker and machinist.

There was a time when every toy store carried small steam engines. But not any more. CALDWELL INDUSTRIES feels that from the youth will come the machinists and engineers of tomorrow. They carry a complete line of electric and alcohol fueled toys.

These tools, models and materials fill a need which has long existed in the United States. The areas covered by CALDWELL INDUSTRIES have been neglected by American industry which is more oriented to mass production of consumer goods and industrial equipment

'Eventually we are all compelled to buckle down to a long, hard grind.'


In the first half of 1967 Bill and John Matlock made a discovery. Something that they wanted was readily available in England, but not in the United States. By July, a full scale investigation was in progress. Over a year later in September, 1968, CALDWELL INDUSTRIES of Luling, Texas had been formed and was publishing their initial catalogs.

The Matlock's wanted to buy a steam engine. A small steam engine, a toy for a Christmas present, was just not available. In England there is a popular hobby called 'model engineering'. Its' participants build steam engines, steam tractors, live steam locomotives, gasoline engines, etc. An entire industry has grown up to supply these items in kit form and the tools necessary to build them. Of course, the same tools used in industry may be used to build a model. But these tools are expensive, heavy, and large. The English tools supplied to the model maker are none of these. They were designed for a purpose, to appeal to the individual, not heavy industry.

CALDWELL INDUSTRIES offers a line of metal working tools and casting sets that have been unavailable in the United States. But is there a market? There are about 40 live steam clubs in the United States that specialize in the construction of models. The results of a mailed survey showed that there are over 500 live steam locomotives under construction, which will join another 500 that are finished.

But who besides the widely scattered model builder might be interested in small, inexpensive, but accurate, and sturdy machine tools? And who might be interested in rough castings that have to be machined into intricate models that even when finished don't do much? One answer is the schools. A student is there to learn. He can become very enthusiastic about construction a steam engine which when he finished will run on compressed air instead of machining unknown parts that don't do anything. And schools with a given amount of money to spend, could have the option of buying one of the smallest American machine tools such as a shaper or lathe, or buying 6 of Caldwell Industries' smaller tools.

Find a product; find a market; put them together; this is the keystone of the American way of life.