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  • #16
    And after a while you get used to the taste of bars of soap - that really got my mom pissed off - she didn't know what to do then, she was so flustered and my dad was laughing...

    Funny show. A true classic.


    • #17
      Thrud--when I got to that stage, my mom would just peel an onion and stick it in my mouth. She knew that I coudn't stand onions. It was much worse than soap. At least she could have cut them into rings and fried them first. A little ketchup wouldn't have hurt, either.


      • #18
        At least it(soap) tastes better than spinach - I hate Spinach.


        • #19
          Spinach, mmm. ok Know what's tastier than spinach? Stinging nettles. Pick them properly, and you don't need gloves. Use gloves, pick a peck, boil 'em up and yummm. I hate soap.
          Tapestry of expletives, I like that. I imagine we've all woven one of those at one time or another.
          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-


          • #20
            Another of my favorite expressions is a 'recto-cranial inversion'. (see also "Political Leaders")
            Lynn (Huntsville, AL)


            • #21
              then there is "singuluar rectal opticalitus"- a condition suffered by those who have ONLY 20/20 hindsight


              • #22
                I mentioned that i no longer made things to last forever- maybe its a case of better judgement today.
                The Motorhome shed (10 years old) will not last another 10 years, but i just put a new alternator on tractor (tractor is probaly 50 years old (A massey Ferguson TO 30) but it will last another 50- at least more than I will last. It will go to son in law and hopefully Gson. The modified bracket and alternator will last till the tires rot off or the wheels rust out. 20 years ago, the welds would have been ground, edges smoooth and would not have lasted ten minutes longer as the result ofthe extra work work. maybe foolish pride has flown at last!!!!


                • #23
                  I agree that there is too much focus on feed rates and cutter speed, clearance and rake angles and on the merits of carbide vs HHS vs ceramic etc.

                  These parameters may be of economic importance in fine tuning an automated camshaft factory where the expertise is presumably built into the system, and the selling price is based on projected return on capital investment.

                  Some of the hype may also be attemts to market marginal product improvements or oversell expertise. Accuracy and precision are also hyped to habit forming excess. I don't need 0.001 tolerance for bolt holes!

                  Items are sold by the piece, but labor is purchased by the hour and profits are highest where wages are lowest. (The correlary is that given sufficiently low wages anyone can make a profit.) (The Chinese are still making a profit, but the Japanese are not.)

                  The pressure is obviously on time, but since each job is likely to be different, a set of general default values will likely be more cost effective than exhaustive analysis, or continually resetting machine parameters. This is what an experienced hand does automatically.

                  The problem is that someone improperly bids a job, and then trys to put a time monkey on the machinist. After six meetings they decide that the cost overrun was due to too slow a feed rate.

                  Most of my life has been spent doing and managing R&D. An expert is someone who has made all possible mistakes but learned from them. Correlary: The height of stupidity is to keep repeating the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

                  Procedure or technique or work break down is of more significance than setting parameters, and anything that works well is correct.

                  I generally build something in my mind before I ever start work. I break the task down into steps, and mentally complete each one, and then write myself a short letter describing each of the steps as I visualized them with the projected outcome, and any possible problems. (For something new, I may make a baseline model, and do modeling to convince myself that what is proposed will work.) You may identify steps which you don't have much experience with, such as using a special tool, in which case you should validate your methods on some scrap.
                  Sketches and dimensions come next, along with materials, needed tools and fixtures. Parameters are added last. (Your outline could include a list of critical dimensions and a place for your final measurements.)

                  Even if one starts with a set of prints, you still need to match these up with your specific tools, available materials and specific tasks, and making a plan or outline is worthwhile. You then know what sizes of drills, counter-bores, taps, lathe tools etc are need, along with other supplies. Also you can check for consistency in dimensions, drafting errors, and omissions, and if necessary, make some phone calls to clear up the unclear.

                  On large work (which I don't do), you will know when you need some extra help or lifting equipment. There is no excuse for dropping a lathe chuck on the ways, or drilling into a table.

                  I try to estimate the needed time for each step before I start, and leave some space for actual times. You can then set up your work day, lunch or beer break, and stop work when you are overly tired or stressed out and more prone to errors.

                  The plan is basically for your benefit, as a self management tool, but it obviously has political uses if you are an employee. (A collection of these, with some finalized details which compare your projections to actuals is potentially very valuable to management in submitting bids for similar work or in proposal preparation.) Also take some pictures if you can of your setups and finished product(s) This is good for possible HSM articles, or future job hunting if your talents are unappreciated.

                  I am conservative in most tool settings.
                  Once in a while I change the speed of my drill press, but I haven't changed the milling machine from its mid-range setting in 10 years. Same thing with the metal band-saw which is on the slowest setting. I cut 8" sections of stainless without a problem as well as aluminum. What I loose in time I save in blades.
                  End of Rant