I’m Tellin’ Ya, Giddy Like A Little Schoolgirl!

I couldn’t take it anymore.

Thanks to the outrageous generosity of several of you out there, and you know who you are, I have been fidgeting and squirming in my chair all day waiting for the Wifely Unit to get home from her Mom’s house so I could tear out into the garage and play.

She wasn’t even all the way in the door and I was out in the garage.

Cleaned the crap off the Smithy, put some stuff away, dug around for one parallel I had set down in the wrong place and then started in.

It didn’t take too long to get what I needed out of the box of new goodies, set a piece up in the vise, get everything situated and tightened down, slather a bit of cutting oil on top and start in on a shallow pass.

At this moment in time I would like to thank each and every one of you.

That small little project knocked quite a few items off my bucket list all at once.

Life long items.

It wouldn’t have happened without the awesome people who read this little hole in the wall blog.

For that I am eternally grateful.

It’s a small thing but maybe just the first baby steps on to bigger and better things.

That’s how these things work.

Most people aren’t born with a cross slide wheel in their hands, they have to learn from the bottom like everything else.

I just crawled up off that bottom.

I will never even rate being a pimple on a real machinist’s ass and I know that.

Doesn’t mean I can’t learn new things and maybe in the process make some useful items.

That is one huge plus about this Smithy.

It can make parts for other machines.

Not just round ones either.

I see right off the bat that I am going to have to build some kind of chip shielding around this thing, it flings metal chips EVERYWHERE!

WHOOO HOOO!

16 thoughts on “I’m Tellin’ Ya, Giddy Like A Little Schoolgirl!

  1. Baby steps! You know Phil, all of us are as proud of you as your are humbled and proud to call us your bud. It couldn’t happen to a nicer old crank. Some of us can contribute and I too give my hats off and appreciation that they can do for you, a budding machinist that one day will be a big boil…

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  2. Congrats, Phil! There were many, many times I could have made parts if I’d had a mill and/or lathe, but I didn’t, so I paid to have them made.

    As the ads for kid’s toys used to say…”HOURS Of Enjoyment Just Waiting For YOU!”…

    Have a blast, buddy!

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  3. I’m sure everyone is just tickled reading how much you enjoy it Phil. Like watching the kids at Christmas with their new toys. I know I sure get a kick out of it. I enjoy seeing people happy. Have fun and be safe as I would tell the kids. ; )

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    • Let me wipe off this shit eating grin that’s been pasted on my face for a minute.
      I already have metal stacked up out in that garage.
      Enough to keep me busy for a long time.

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  4. I know the point that Phil made. I learned to operate an automatic surface
    grinder and had a machinist school me on a vertical mill for a personal job,
    but that did not make me a machinist. I dabbled in welding after I bought
    MIG welder but the problem was there was not enough time at work to
    hone my work. It takes a lot of time and effort to do either task to become
    good at it. The mechanical and electoral skills were easy, but a true
    welder or machinist is an artisan.

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    • I’ve spent decades doing “home improvement” (aka remodeling), from concrete to roofing, with plumbing and electrical in between. Two principles emerge:
      1. It takes me ten times longer than it would a pro. 2. By the time I finish something, I’m just starting to get good at it.
      I’m no machinist either, but I suspect Phil is a lot further along the learning curve than a rank amateur. Congrats on a hobby that not only has potential to be useful, but it’ll keep you out of the bars if nothing else. No couch potatoes here.

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  5. You have the means to make one :
    https://makezine.com/projects/magnetic-chip-shield/
    OR
    You can be OSHA compliant and waste more time fucking around with some expensive contraption like this:
    https://atssafety.com/products/milling-machine-safety-guard-head-mount-guard

    Here’s a tutorial video I found that you can enjoy:

    and for the love of god, make sure you know what you’re doing:

    What ever you do, don’t search for machine shop fatalities. You will go back to sitting on the couch.

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    • Thanks for the links!
      I have seen some of those videos.
      Guys getting wrapped up in the chucks and shit.
      No long shirt sleeves for damn sure.
      I have seen the carbide bits break off too. Flying razor blades!

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    • Yeah, that machine can be replaced, the red shirted dude can’t. So I guess wearing a red shirt is as dangerous in a machine shop as it was on the starship Enterprise.

      Joe Pie is a good teacher too. He’s a pro, and been at it a looong time. Watch him for good tips and safety stuff, too.

      I gotta get a set of shoes for the shop only. I’m tired of finding chips in the house.

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