Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 5 – Cake Decorating and Hauling Iron

After getting confused as to what podcast they are recording, Max and Justin talk about hauling machine tools home.  Of course the stories keep getting better and more ostentatious the more they are told.  We also talk about:

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9 thoughts on “Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 5 – Cake Decorating and Hauling Iron

  1. Good podcast. You do have at least 1 regular listener. I drove from Albany to Annapolis and listened through the drive. You made the drive appear much shorter. I am much more of a newbie. Although I have owned a Sherline lathe / mill for 10 years, I have only found time to make a few dozen items on it. Toolholding would be a good topic and how to stop marring. I especially want some advice on which instruments can be bought cheaply vs which ones I need to spend money on. For instance, I heard surface plates may be fine to buy for $35, and micrometers may be o.k. cheaper, but drill bits are not so forgiving?


    1. Thanks for listening! Glad our episodes help with your long drives :). I really like the Sherline machines – great choice!

      Max and I are planning a workholding / toolholding episode in the near future. For hobby work for consumable tooling (drill bits, mills, taps etc) it is generally wise to avoid the bargain basement priced stuff. For end mills and taps I highly recommend the YG stuff – it is exceptional value and works very well. For drill bits I’ve had really good success with drills from a company called Drillco http://drillco-inc.com/ . The $35 surface plates are quite good for hobby use, and I have a number of cheap micrometers that I use and they work well. An episode going through measuring instruments is great idea though – we’ll get that on the list.

      Thanks again!


  2. Stefan owning a lot of Makita is not that unusual. Bosch markets two lines of tools in Germany. The green line is marketed to the DIYer and the blue line is marketed to professionals. The blue line is the one that competes with Makita. Often enough the Makita tool is cheaper while beeing comparable to Bosch blue in quality or even better. The Bosch green stuff mostly sucks except for maybe the top-of-the-line models. I think at least partly the Bosch green stuff comes from China nowadays.
    Makita doesn’t do that. They have (at least here) only one line of tools with pretty reliable quality. I don’t have any data but despite all the “good german” tool companies they own a pretty good share of the local market.

    When I’m in the market for a new quality tool I usually look for Makita and Matabo first, Bosch blue, DeWalt and Hitachi second. I don’t even look at Fein, Festool, Mafell, Hilti and the other “good German brands” b/c I know they are way out of my price range


    1. Thanks for the insight! Over here we don’t have the Bosch green line – everything is blue. Most of the Bosch stuff here is now made in China. I have a nice Bosch jigsaw that I bought 10 years ago that is made in Switzerland. I bought it from a reputable tool dealer who had a number of Bosch saws. Most of them were made in the China – you had to buy the top of the line one to get one made somewhere else. All the tools were blue though.

      I really like Makita stuff. They don’t spend nearly as much advertising so is a bit of a lesser known brand. Bosch over here really goes on its name. The quality of Bosch stuff isn’t as good as people perceive it to be.


  3. Haha, good podcast, enjoyed it 🙂

    Regarding Makita:
    I like them, their tools seem to last quite good. I have also a large bunch of blue Bosch (the pro line) tools (Angle grinder, cordless drill, corded highspeed drill, …) and some old green Bosch tools (homeowner tools), but when my dad bought them, they still where made in Germany and Switzerland.


    1. I also have an old green Bosch Hammerdrill that I inherited from my grandfather. It’s a good tool but I would not buy its modern equivalent.

      When I was looking for a compact table saw a few years back I dismissed the green Bosch right away. The blue one made it to the top 4 but ultimately I bought the Metabo.


  4. You can find information on your surface grinder at vintagemachinery.org. They also have a Yahoo group for the delta surface grinder. It has a lot of documentation also.You should pay attention to the manual and only use balanced wheels or the surface finish will have ripples in it. I have just rebuilt one and they are fairly easy to scrape in because everything is flat. Good luck with your grinder


    1. Thanks for the link and for the info! They are a simple machine and I think they are great for a home shop – especially for what many of us do. The Delta I have is a newer one – it has one flat way and one prismatic way with the big handle on the left. Do the older Deltas only use flat ways?


  5. Patelo’s engines are amazing. Kinematic art. I highly recommend watching this interview with him which provides much more biographical information. https://youtu.be/c1pJIVqCC1E You can see the glean in his eyes when he talks about engines. What he is able to do with a large old lathe, a bench drill press, an angle grinder and hand tools is impressive. What is most unusual is all of the machining that he does with a faceplate combined with a wide variety of holding fixtures. This is how home machinists operated for decades before smaller milling machines become common. The hand bench work that he employs is also a craft that has largely been lost.


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