View Full Version : Tool Gloat, Sort of.

Quetico Bob
06-06-2008, 11:30 AM
I'm at a loss for words. Have been teaching myself the trade for a year now, armed only with the very basic of tooling and lots of guidance from Uncle in B.C., have spent countless hours on the phone with him for advice and ideas on most of my projects. For example he explained how to build a dovetail for my rifle rest with just a face mill, the only cutter I had for it at the time.

Although working with just a handful of bits has its frustrations, it sure teaches you how to be creative and there's always another way to tackle a problem, it might be the long way around but great experience and this past year I've gained a lot thanks to him, and you folks as well.

My wife brought a parcel home from the post office last night. Just opened it this morning, somehow a thank you dosn't seem enough. Actually been trying to figure out what to say since 6 this morning.

Thank you Uncle, I know you will see this. Words can't describe the appreciation or the doors you have opened, this certainly takes me to the next level. Some day I'll be confident enough to open for business, just a little sooner now thanks to you.:)

Now, if I can just find that super secret button JR was talking about on his boring head explosion, I can take a peak inside. ;)

Cheers, Bob


Rusty Marlin
06-06-2008, 11:41 AM
WOW! what a super gift!

06-06-2008, 12:15 PM
Bob, I've been staring at the picture to 10 minutes and I don't know what to say either. That's one hell of an Uncle you got there. That will sure enough expand your capabilities.

06-06-2008, 12:23 PM
That top book: George Thomas' "Machinist Workshop" is outstanding. The three bedside readers are great too.

Looks like you're pretty well set for an intro machinist' tooling package! :)

06-06-2008, 02:00 PM
Looks like christmas came early this year :)

Alistair Hosie
06-06-2008, 03:46 PM
can he be my uncle too please please please.I want to be uncadopted:DAlistair

06-06-2008, 03:56 PM
Lemme say yer uncle is a super guy.. You have some quality stuff there, and all the right books... You owe that guy.... Now I need me a rich uncle.... :) JR

06-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Sounds like you uncle is as generous with his "stuff" as he is with his knowledge. Pretty rare these days. Truly a gift that keep giving. You are fortunate guy.

06-06-2008, 04:56 PM
That's just some extra stuff he had lying around. Now that you've learned to make watches & clocks from rocks & sticks, you'll probably never use all that newfangled stuff.

If you can't have a rich uncle, at least it's really cool to have a thoughtful and generous one anyway. Probably better.
Tally up one great day for the Bobster.

06-06-2008, 06:26 PM
The heck with uncle; can I move in with you? I don't each much, wash once a week and don't bring home strays! Wayne. Good of unclle!!!

06-06-2008, 06:58 PM
I see about a grand there, If I fell into a grand worth of stuff from a benefactor , I would try to make him something nice with some of the stuff.

06-06-2008, 07:00 PM
dup post :(

06-06-2008, 07:17 PM
You got any extra uncles you don't need.

06-06-2008, 09:01 PM
Ummm.. Bob!!! You said "Tool Gloat.. sorta!" Sorta my a$$!!! Wow! You are gonna love that stuff.
Geezuz.. I was just bitchin to the gurl today.. Holy! This machine shop stuff just never ends. I seldom have to buy anything for my fab shop... but the machine shop... I'm ordering stuff for it weekly. Hope you don't mind kissin a$$... cuz you owe your uncle a big one!!!
Have fun ya hoser!

john hobdeclipe
06-06-2008, 09:07 PM
See if he has more stuff...I'm missing an uncle anyway.:D

That's a nice gift...I see it as an expression of confidence in you.

06-06-2008, 09:09 PM
Cool to have relatives that are tuned in!

I have that exact same sine bar,you'll love it.

06-07-2008, 09:57 PM
Beautiful tools and gesture.......obviously he noted that trip the other weekend to look at the dividing head. A passing of the torch it looks like, anyone close who shows interest and promise these days is worthy, you wouldn't believe how many kids pops is waiting to pass over the reigns and knowledge and they're just not interested, kind of sad really as the trade is just part of the bond..........

06-08-2008, 07:28 AM
Torker you are sooo right, the other day I was doing some deep drilling and I just didnt have a drill long enough and didnt waht to turn it around in the chuck so I have now started to collect long shank drills. Them drills seem to come in several flavours long, longer and what the heck!!
It just never ends ... Oh goody!!!

06-08-2008, 08:42 AM
anyone close who shows interest and promise these days is worthy, you wouldn't believe how many kids pops is waiting to pass over the reigns and knowledge and they're just not interested, kind of sad really as the trade is just part of the bond..........

I'll 2nd that. Whilst I don't have any grandkids of my own yet, my 2 boys, 16yo and 17yo are not in the slightest bit interested in anything mechanical. They would rather sit on their backsides and watch TV or play computer games. My 17yo has trouble remembering which way to turn a nut. I've given up trying to get them interested. I have a nephew who is showing a bit of interest so I gave him a few extra spanners, screwdrivers, calipers etc recently as a starter tool kit. Just hope it wasn't a waste of time.