Jerry sent me a box full of goodies that must have cost him an arm and a leg just to get it here but when I opened it and started pulling things out I was so stunned and overwhelmed that I will admit that I was fighting back tears.
Absolutely incredible generosity.
I was so stunned that I basically went into shock.
The box was jammed full and every time I pulled something else out I just couldn’t hardly believe my eyes.
He said he has Two of the Smithy 3 in 1 machines, one is set up to use just as a lathe and the other one is set up for milling. He read that I didn’t have the Compound for my machine and that I wasn’t having any luck finding one.
In a massive gesture of generosity, he offered to send me not only a Compound, but a full set of basically Unobtanium Change Gears so I can use the Threading function when I get proficient enough.
That alone is way above and beyond.
Well, he took two steps and jumped over the Moon on top of that.
I literally couldn’t hardly believe my eyes.
Brand new, still in the boxes.
A #3 and a #4 Morse Taper Dead Center so I can now check the lathe for alignment.
A complete compound, with a Quick Change Tool Post.
Brand new, still in the box Knurling tool, Boring Bar holder and a Parting Tool Holder that fit the Quick Change Tool Post.
An extra set of Jaws for the Chuck.
The Original Tool Post.
Smithy brand cutting tool set
And a complete Change Gear set.
I don’t think you can even find those.
All packed tightly and separated by individual pieces of foam padding into a relatively small box .
After I got it all unpacked I just sat there looking at everything because my brain couldn’t comprehend what I was seeing.
I finally came in and sat down to try and write a Thank You note to Jerry but all I could do was stare at the keyboard.
Words utterly failed me.
I finally got something totally inadequate sent off and I saw he already replied to me. He said that all of this stuff was just sitting in drawers not being used but the reason he sent it to me was because I mentioned that I want to learn how to machine metal and make things.
I meant what I said and this gentleman just gave me the opportunity to do just that, on top of all of the already mind blowing generosity I have been the lucky recipient of.
Speaking of generosity.
Because of those of you who went out of your way and donated through the makeshift Paypal button I put up, I had enough money put aside to jump on a deal from Grizzly and purchased something that I am going to need at some point in the future when I get proficient enough at using the Mill on this machine. Being a 3 in 1 machine, it has certain limitations. One of those being that it has a fixed Milling head. You can’t tilt it.
Grizzly had a Tilting Angle table on Sale so I ordered it and that also got delivered while I was at work. I haven’t even gotten around to opening that box up yet.
At this point I now have the ability to check the lathe section for alignment and have the capability to use the full functionality of this machine. Something I never thought I would be able to do because of the inability to get things like the Change Gears.
I am so beyond grateful to everyone who has helped me out here that I am not certain there are words to describe it in the first place.
I guess this will have to do,
I am going to be very busy out in that garage as soon as I get a day off.