After the 2 of us talking about it for months, Max of The Joy of Precision and myself have started a podcast! It is aimed directly at the home shop / amateur machinist crowd. We have plans for regular interviews, and interesting topics. Depending on our schedules we hope to release 2 episodes every month.
2 episodes in one month! We can’t believe it either. Don’t worry though we didn’t cut on quantity to get it out – this episode is still over 2 hours. We won’t talk about the quality. Max, Stefan and Justin give shop updates (it has been about 4 months since Stefan has been on – that’s long enough for Stefan to build an entire Saturn V rocket in his basement). After that we talk about making money in the home $hop – when your hobby turns into a business. And no we aren’t the Business of Machining Podcast. In between the weirdness:
Stefan is busy making telescope parts for the Hubble Space telescope a local company requiring telescope parts.
Stefan is on the lookout for a new lathe. He would like a Hardinge HLV (don’t we all!).
Justin and Max suggest looking at the Taiwanese clones like Cyclematic or Feeler
Stefan broke down and bought a face mill with carbide inserts:
After a one month hiatus due to a number of reasons (typical of home shop machining), Max and Justin are joined by the King of 16″ South Bend lathes: Tom Utley. But nobody in the hobby calls him that. He is King Tutley. Tom, an engineer by day, is best know in this hobby for his time (over the last 3 years!) and dedication in taking a clapped out second world war 16″ South Bend lathe and returning it to better than new condition. Some of the interesting topics:
Tom talks about the bench grinders he has been working on that will soon be up for sale. If you are interested in getting a properly restored Baldor bench grinder be sure to get in touch with Tom!
We talk about paint. Is 2 part epoxies worth the trouble for machine tools?
Previously a woodworker Tom has moved into the metal side of things. The people are generally more friendly, albeit slightly less normal.
Why don’t we encourage more to work with their hands? All three of us share our frustrations with a general society that no longer values craft work. Shop work is good for the soul!
Chemical Etching. Tom has done a fantastic job with all the brass name and label plates on his South Bend:
Photo resist etching. More popular with watchmaking types, Max talks a bit about his journey into photo resist etching:
Variable Frequency drives. Tom has put a great deal of effort into the VFD controls, enclosure, and wiring has installed on his lathe. It is one of the best executed projects of such nature on the web:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opxVLWTiW7E
If you are just starting out in your home shop or need a few ideas for your next project you will certainly find it in this episode. After getting through the craft beer podcast and shop updates, which involve Max getting a tow, Max and Justin talk about useful simple shop tools as well as Tchotchkes and probably everything in between (don’t tell us you’re surprised!). In the process both Max and Justin have extended their shop project lists. You could even make a really nice homemade brake line flaring tool (we won’t talk about liability):
When one Phillips isn’t enough. Recorded in between years as Stefan would say, Max invites his brother Thayer and his father Fred on to join in an end of year discussion with our new semi regular co-host Stefan Gotteswinter! In this episode we talk about:
Fred’s shop that Thayer works out of. Fred has a really nice Rockwell mill (one of our all time home shop favourites) and a Southbend Heavy 13.
We talk about gunsmithing in the United States, Germany and Canada
Live free or die!
CAD and Stefan’s embrace of Autodesk Fusion.
Stefan machined some really nice Torx screws using his Deckel pantograph.
Justin is busy making Christmas presents.
Stefan wants to get a CNC lathe in 2018.
Max is hoping to finish his Trent pinion mill.
Both Max and Justin are hoping to get back to semi regular posting on Youtube.
And finally cars. Max is hoping to get some German iron.
In this episode Max and Justin decide to prognosticate about what the home machining shop of the future looks like. 50 or 100 years down the road is it going to be full of modified CNC machines, or will the electronics on those machines render them scrap and only the old school manual machines still be in use? We talk about
Max’s sea foam green stamping fixture
Max is working on a new TV stand for the house
Justin finished his tailstock tap and die holder
A new mill drill for Justin’s shop. Did he make the Rong choice?
The Dodge Omni and Shelby GLHS
Do all VW owners hate Honda owners?
Max’s hatred for all things Digifant
Motivated millennials: will they keep CNC machines going?
Are we living in an golden era for home shop machining?