I have a friend who I believe can do everything when it comes to working with metal.
I’m not joking.
He is wicked smart and has an eye for detail that blows my mind.
Scotty and I work together and he has slowly but surely been trying to teach my stupid old ass some of the seemingly endless skills he has once in a while when we actually have a slow night. For a long time it was just the two of us on our shift but we have been getting another guy that comes in a few hours after we start to close a hole in the coverage.
Having a slow day doesn’t happen very often. We usually have more than enough on our plates to keep us completely occupied.
Once in a while though, everything is running as it should and there are just a few calls on the radio to look at something.
Some things I can pick up on, other things cause me to stare blankly off into space because my mind can’t seem to grasp them. I can be a bit dense some times and if there is Teh Maths involved you can pretty much count me out.
But God bless him, he keeps trying.
There was a bit of a lull last night and we dug out a hunk of scrap Stainless Steel bar.
I whacked a piece off, cleaned up the burrs and off to the lathe we went.
It a 13X40 and is a nice piece of equipment.
Quite a bit later and quite a few interruptions with calls on the radio later, he guided me through a bunch of steps and talked me through the process of turning threads.
It didn’t turn out too bad at all if I gotta say so myself.
Quite proud of myself I are actually and not bad for a first try.
5/8 X 11 threads. with a nice fit. Stainless friggin’ Steel too mind you.
Scotty is a good teacher.
Both of who have given me inspiration.
STxAR over at Budget Machining also sent me a shit load of tools and goodies last year.
Out of his own pocket.
I use them too.
Stop on by and offer up a little prayer and some words of encouragement for the guy.
He is a very nice feller.
In other news, our Wayward Son Cederq finally got all his shit hauled across several states without winding up in a ditch and arrived in Idaho yesterday, only to find out his place isn’t ready to move into yet.
Thankfully he drug his 19 foot travel trailer, with a utility trailer behind that, and has a roof over his head until that gets straightened out. He sounded pretty wore out.
I’ll bet he is.
I have another fucking project I am working on I am trying to get finished that is for my Brother and am going to get off of this laptop and get after. It’s a beautiful day outside.
Oh, that reminds me, has anyone else noticed a very decided uptick in traffic lately?
I’m talking WAY more cars on the road yesterday than there has been since this Kung Fluey Lockdown bullshit started.
Little by little I have noticed the amount of cars going up.
As my buddy said, people gotta eat.
Anyways, thanks fer stopping by and if ya can’t be good, stay sanitary at least.