Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 10 – Practitioner of the Mechanical Arts

In this episode Max and Justin talk with the great Robin Renzetti, Practitioner of the Mechanical Arts (Robin – we hope you have that on your business card!).  We talk about:

  • Robin’s gifted ability of machining and all things mechanical
  • Robin’s resume.  A model of a helicopter rotor head.  And yes, he made very piece in his spare time!
  • A little bit about Robin’s shop
  • Foundations of Mechanical Accuracy
  • Turcite and gluing it with Loctite Black Max 380
  • Other Loctite products
  • Moore pattern scraping
  • Scraper sharpening
  • Spindle design & bearings
  • Import collet tricks
  • ER vs 5C style collets on work holding – make sure when using ER collets as work holding collets the stock sticks through the entire collet!
  • Pot collet runout and Robin’s pot collet setup:
  • Jaw chuck repeatability
  • Jacobs taper size
  • # screw size formula
  • Mapp gas turbo torch and silver soldering
  • Lathe file body oil
  • HSS belt sander backer

All that and much more for over 2 hours of listening!

You can listen to it directly here:

or you can download it directly.

Many thanks goes out to Robin for taking the time to be on the show.  Be sure to give him a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robinrenzetti/ and also subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ROBRENZ

Subscribe in iTunes (and please rate us!): https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/home-shop-machinists-podcast/id1180854521

Max’s website: The Joy of Precision and also his Youtube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdMt_havo3BxZJscvRCOGcw Max’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joyofprecision/

Justin’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thecogwheel  Justin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecogwheel/

14 thoughts on “Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 10 – Practitioner of the Mechanical Arts

  1. That was probably the best episode so far! The one with Stefan was more entertaining, but Robin managed to derail the craft beer discussions with all the great info and advice, bonus points for that. I really like the idea of getting Robin and Stefan on the air together. Maybe you could convince Tom Lipton to join in as well? Plan for a 6 hour episode if you do 🙂

    Thanks for putting this show together. I’ve enjoyed every episode!


  2. Great podcast guys! So many good tips shared by Robin! There are a few things I did not understand e.g. the HSS belt sander backer tip and the spindle bearings. I listened to 3 times but still do not get it.


  3. Great podcast. Can you list the books Robin is talking about. (not trying to be lazy, but i googled what i thought i heard and can’t find them 🙂 )


  4. Awesome Podcast guys! The Robin R. episode was phenominal as well as the Stephen. It’s great to plug in when i get a few hours of shop time and feel like your hanging out with like minded people. Keep it up! Also I just stumbled onto this new you tube channel and if your into the history of metal working this guy has it covered. Think click spring but pre james watt. https://machinethinking.co/


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