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  • Machining should be fun..

    It's a hobby for many of us here, enjoy it and keep it fun..
    don't let it turn into unhealthy obsession...... just a reminder..... ymmv...

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    Are you trying to start a Machinist anonymous group?

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    • #3
      Welding is fun. Burning steel is fun.

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      • #4
        Hey, sometimes what you have to do to get what you want, is a real PITA. OK, so what? Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

        Some folks really dig tedious detailed sequences of operations on a part. I do not, at least sometimes. Other times I am willing to do those just fine, I do not think at any time do I really enjoy them. I like getting the result... and it is fun to do, as long as I do not have to do it by some particular time, etc, etc.

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        Keep eye on ball.
        Hashim Khan

        If you look closely at a digital signal, you find out it is really analog......

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 754 View Post
          It's a hobby for many of us here, enjoy it and keep it fun..
          don't let it turn into unhealthy obsession...... just a reminder..... ymmv...
          Tell that to a life long machinist. There seems to be three stages, Interest comes first, Learning (this is the period during which one buys a good deal of expensive tools), then Holy Shiat I have been watching metal bits spin 40 hours per week for the last 30 years, thus begins the Crotchety Old Machinist period of life, this is where I reside currently (-:
          Last edited by Bented; 09-22-2020, 10:39 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bented View Post

            Tell that to a life long machinist.

            I have been watching metal bits spin 40 hours per week for the last 30 years, thus begins the Crotchety Old Machinist period of life, this is where I reside currently (-:
            Yeah, buddy had a single person Job shop for at least that long. Never got to retire. Died instead. Hated talking about or doing anything machining related. And he was a pissy dude. Loved him all the same. JR

            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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            • #7
              I always enjoyed making things that were challenging, as soon as it becomes tedious or repetitive Im out.
              Bented summed it up well.
              Beaver County Alberta Canada

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              • #8
                I'm definitely not cut out for production work. I like the variety of operations I get, and a 'big' run of parts for me is 200. Most of it is one-off.
                Southwest Utah

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JRouche View Post

                  Yeah, buddy had a single person Job shop for at least that long. Never got to retire. Died instead. Hated talking about or doing anything machining related. And he was a pissy dude. Loved him all the same. JR
                  I have a close friend that makes model engines, when he runs into problems he will often call and say, "can you come over and show me how to do this".
                  I will say NO, give me the drawing and I will make the part for you in minutes, I will not go to your garage and operate your 1947 Southbend lathe, you may have noticed that this is the year 2020 (-:

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                  • #10
                    Ha ha ha at the last one...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bented View Post

                      I have a close friend that makes model engines, when he runs into problems he will often call and say, "can you come over and show me how to do this".
                      I will say NO, give me the drawing and I will make the part for you in minutes, I will not go to your garage and operate your 1947 Southbend lathe, you may have noticed that this is the year 2020 (-:
                      Originally posted by Bented View Post

                      ........ thus begins the Crotchety Old Machinist period of life, this is where I reside currently (-:
                      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                      Keep eye on ball.
                      Hashim Khan

                      If you look closely at a digital signal, you find out it is really analog......

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by J Tiers View Post



                        !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                        You think it's funny, tomorrow morning I have to operate a manual lathe for 3 or more hours. this is extremely TEDIOUS, crank handle in, engage feed, disengage feed, crank handle out, engage rapid traverse to beginning of cut (this lathe has a rapid traverse motor in the apron, this is excellent as the cross slide and carriage weigh well over 500 Lb's) repeat as needed.
                        A CNC lathe will not cut the parts for you but will remove the constant manual handle cranking, this is a good thing.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by redlee View Post
                          I always enjoyed making things that were challenging, as soon as it becomes tedious or repetitive Im out.
                          Bented summed it up well.
                          if everyone had that attitude we would have never been able to put a man on the moon.

                          I like tough challenges.... like trying to figure out how to make my snap rings.

                          JL......
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bented View Post

                            You think it's funny, tomorrow morning I have to operate a manual lathe for 3 or more hours. this is extremely TEDIOUS, crank handle in, engage feed, disengage feed, crank handle out, engage rapid traverse to beginning of cut.......
                            Not "funny", but "interesting" to put those two quotes together. They did seem to go together.

                            Last paying side job I had was to modify 60 heatsinks. At least I made a fixture for them, but it was about 3 hours of slow manual feed on an old horizontal mill that has no power feed. Not too fast for good finish, not too slow. Just nice even cranking of the feed for 3 hours or so.

                            I totally understand "tedious" in machine work. When you do not have a power feed, tedious is a way of life. I really need to put a power feed on it. It is getting ridiculous.
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                            Keep eye on ball.
                            Hashim Khan

                            If you look closely at a digital signal, you find out it is really analog......

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                            • #15
                              I've always enjoyed mating different drives pulleys,sprockets,hydro motors etc. for equipment around the farm&shop that were never designed to be together.I never use drawing and always like making something unique,being sole operator of most everything I design or build I don't have anyone looking over my shoulder.Most times it works out but not always

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