Teh Squeaky Wheel
Hope that Jerry is doing well this morning…and teh rest of you, too.
Good morning, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!
Mac -- the abrasive discs on the Dremel tool worked very well. It took me a bit to get the speed and pressure right, but when I did, the sparks flew!
Excellent, Paddy! Thank you. They have bailed me out of some frustrating problems.
Back when I bought my first old Atlas lathe, a 9″ from 1938 with babbit bearings that had been stripped of much of it’s gear and used as a deburring lathe, I needed to completely recondition the bed, apron, and headstock. As part of the process I had to strip the spindle but there was a pin pressed in to a blind hole that I could not remove. An assembly had to slide off over it. I used a Dremel disc to cut it off as flush as I could and then gently worked it down below the surface with the disc edge acting like a dis-integrator. It worked fine and with a bit of polishing the pulley assembly slid right off.
I ended up combining parts of that lathe and a 1942 basket case to make a good lathe that made me money and let me learn a lot. It sucked not having the money to buy a decent lathe but I learned a lot from building that and ended up with a good machine. I ended up selling it and buying a more modern lathe…from 1946. It was a 10″ Atlas but had tapered rolling bearings and power cross feed. I felt like Mr. Future! I used that until I had my shop and could buy a real machine, an 18″ that weighed over 4,000 pounds.
Well, Sugarfoot! I just found Photobucket’s definition of 3rd party hosting and it’s just what I use it for, so only the top level $40.00 a month plan will allow that. Because I already have a Plus plan I am good until Dec 2018 but not after that. I would not mind upgrading to one of the lower tiers but $400.00 a year is too much and I cant see what good it is without this ability, so I guess I must find something else. Bummer, as ten years here and many years of Facebook, other forums, and my blog will all lose the images. I have about 7,000 images and videos on PB.
Ha! Mac kilted the thread this time!
You know what I’d really like to see? You, Mac, doing a video and talking about your metalworking career. You’ve led an interesting life.
Thank you Sven, but believe me I am a terrible bore. I have done teaching in ROTC and done a lot of teaching and training when training employees and managers. I have no illusions, I am long winded and boring. I try hard but the prig is strong in this one and I always felt sorry for people who had to listen to me lecture. I am very uncomfortable talking in front of a group and it shows.
One of the things I liked about machining was that it was a very independent trade where you are judged almost exclusively on results. It attracts a lot of jerks because of this but as long as you make parts to print and at rate you can get away with it. There are also a lot of very professional and independently minded gentlemen and this makes it fun. I have worked with tool makers with over 30 years of experience who were still open to learning and were not embarrassed toask questions about a method or set up they did not understand, even from someone with much less experience. I have also been lucky to work with men who were glad to give you the time to help you to learn some technique you were having trouble with.
I would have loved to show you and other Gerbils my shop. When I worked for Aerometals in the Eldorado area I was in a home machinist club and I was able to get permission to have one of our meetings at the shop after hours. It was like visiting the Chocolate Factory. Every home machinist dreams of having his own fully equipped machine shop but no one can afford it unless the shop pays for itself. That was the magic of having my own place. I spent most of my time there and we actually lived in the shop in Fremont for a couple of years before moving to Elk Grove.
I do wish I had gotten into machining much younger and had proper training. Teaching myself had it’s points but does leave holes. I did love it though and I wish I had machines now.
I was the only manual machinist at Aerometals which was fun. I had guys from all the departments coming to me for gauges, tools, fixtures, etc.
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