Downriver Tools

Welcome to Downriver Tools

Welcome to Downriver Tools


To all of the customers of Historic Models and Reproductions it is with great sadness that the owner, Dennis Howe, is retiring and will be closing the business. If you would like to contact Dennis, please e-mail him at . We wish Dennis Dennis many happy years of relaxation and the freedom to work on his own engine projects.

Many of you have been requesting finished tooling. As the first products are being developed, some ready-made tools and accessories have been added to our catalog. Check out the Tools tab for headstocks, collets and accessories made by Sherline and other manufacturers that are compatible with our Bed Turret. Check back often to watch our line grow. 

At Downriver Tools, we specialize in producing Plan Sets & Kits  to convert Bench-Top and Tool Room lathes into production turret lathes. Our products are designed to assist machinists needing quantities of duplicate parts but who cannot justify the large financial commitment to CNC or automatic screw machine platforms. We also have designs to fill the niche made vacant by hard-to-find (and very expensive) lathe accessories. Whether you are a specialty manufacturer, inventor, or hobbyist, we have a tool design to suit your needs.

Check out a downloadable sample of our work, and view several tools in action by clicking on the images below.


ER20 Collet Holder