Many things have happened since we last published a podcast. Not only has a year almost gone by, but now there are many more machining related podcasts than ever before. We would like to remind everyone that we are the first and also the worst! And the bad news is we are back and we hope to publish more regularly going forward.
This episode is mostly shop updates and us bantering Top Gear style about what we have been up to.
Stefan wanted us all to have a look at this thread on PM:
In this episode learn that Pretzel sticks are universal and one of the snacks that perhaps we home shop machinists can use to break down modern day barriers. Or maybe join Max and have some good old fashion Americana Ritz crackers and join the 3 of us talk about CAD – a subject that we could did talk about for hours.
No the podcast is not dead! After a very large pause (for various reasons – a story for another day) the podcast is back with an episode recorded way back in September. Nevertheless the conversation is timeless and just as applicable today as it was when it was recorded. In this episode John Saunders, the man who went from a humble machine shop apartment in New York City to a full fledged machine shop in Ohio, joins us and talks shop. Some of the things we talk about include:
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):