Hello, been lurking around these parts for several months now and felt it's about time I introduce myself.
I must admit, the "Homemade tools" thread is what pushed me over the edge to join here. Seeing all the cool ideas and great information gave me motivation to finally tackle some projects I've been wanting to do and even added another HUGE list of more ideas to utilize.
I enjoy the member interaction and can tell this forum has some good people here.
Currently I am not employed but have been fortunate in finding odd jobs to help keep food on the table and bills paid. I'm in my mid-thirties and am single with no children and have not drove a vehicle in almost 12 years. I use a bicycle for transportation. No cable TV for 3 years and low rent with my only bills being phone/internet, gas and electric allow more funds to be free for more tools.
School was never something I enjoyed. My grades were fine, but I had no interest in being there. Fortunately, I seem to pick things up pretty easy. Schools not for everyone. I'd rather spend my money on tools and learn on my own than get sucked into the modern education system and spend WAY more money and time only to not be guaranteed a job or remain interested and have no tools to show. Again, it works for some, but not for me.
My interests include biking, hiking, flashlights, firearms, fabrication and design, learning, nature, and just enjoying the crazy ride we call life.
I started with just a bench grinder, vise and basic hand tools and now have a small home shop that I put together over the years. A majority of my tools were bought used and refurbished. Most all my benches/cabinets in my shop were either given to me, found in the garbage or made from scrap metal into something useful.
I did purchase a few things new such as my Miller Syncrowave 200 TIG welder, PM1127LB-VF Lathe, Rigid 14" cop saw, and most of my other power hand tools.
This summer and last, I refurbed my 9x18 lathe, milling machine, both bandsaws, drill press, belt/disc sander, a few vises, and chopped up about 4-5 different workbenches and carts to use the metal to make other more useful stuff.
Over the last few months I made a stand for my mill, and two new stands for my lathes.
Earlier today I started on my new workbench. It's 5'x4' with 3x3 legs, 2x3 top support with 2x2 leg bottom tie-ins. The top will be a few plates of 1/2" steel plates bolted to the top frame. There will he removable sections that can be replaced with pre-drilled aluminum top for laying out and jigging projects.
Looking forward to learning more and contributing when I can.
Eric Sanders, I need to send you a PM since you live in Brighton also. Maybe you can help me with my Sino DRO as I see you were able to decipher the china manual. I REALLY need to learn how to use it.
Flylo, if you're ever in the Brighton area, feel free to get in touch for a burger or drink. I really enjoy seeing all the cool stuff you find and would likely be doing the same if I still drove.
Anyway, that about sums it up for me! Good to be here!
I'll try to post of pic of the lathe stand for my 11x27 lathe..