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    Just following up and saying thanks

    Hi, Yep, had to move around my woodworking tools to make room for the new toys. I put together the work benches mostly to have something solid to put the lathe and mill on, and create some additional storage underneath. I'm thinking of adding a stack of drawers underneath, maybe 18 inches...
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    Just following up and saying thanks

    Hi, A couple of months ago, I introduced myself as I started my journey into metalworking. At the time, I was just starting to think about re-organizing my shop to make room from some new toys, and figuring out what those new toys would be. Well, I finally made some progress. Cleaned up my...
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    N.A.M.E.S. Expo this past weekend

    Hi all, On the advice of some folks here and elsewhere, I schlepped from Chicago to Wyandotte, MI to visit the NAMES expo this past weekend. First of all, I am astounded by the quality of work and the attention to detail in the work that was on exhibit. From a steam locomotive (the wife of...
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    Get a kit as a first project?

    You guys, these are great thoughts. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Plenty to think about! I've pretty much decided to get my gear from Little Machine Shop. Chris there has been super helpful and patient in answering my questions. Just waiting a couple of weeks. One reason...
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    Get a kit as a first project?

    Hi all, As I'm getting closer to getting my equipment "jones" taken care of (large thanks to the folks at Little Machine Shop for answering all of my questions, in addition to you guys), I'm wondering something. Although I've done woodworking, on and off, for many years now, I'm new to metal...
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    First Lathe questions

    Mac, I'm certainly no expert, but as I've been doing my own shopping, I looked at the Grizzly and I think you'll enjoy working with it. I decided to look at smaller machines because the Grizzly at that size, at over 400 pounds, was going to be too much to wrestle down into my basement shop...
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    First Lathe questions

    I've been looking at some equipment from Little Machine Shop.com, and was wondering if you guys had any thoughts or opinions. For a lathe, I was thinking about this one, a 7 x 16 lathe...... https://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=5100&category= There are a couple of...
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    First Lathe questions

    Oh, I should also mention that I'm looking at similar equipment from Little Machine Shop.com. They seem to have similar equipment. I don't much about them. They're going to be at a model machinist conference in Michigan next month, and I could save money on shipping if I were to drive there...
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    First Lathe questions

    Hello again, Just to keep my own personal adventure up to date, based on the discussion about the weight of the machines, I think I'm leaning towards something in the 8 x 16 size range (I think Grizzly has 3 versions of an 8x16 that I can check into further. I think the differences have to do...
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    First Lathe questions

    Thanks so much for posting this. I managed to read through many of the links this afternoon, at least those along the main story line, and found them really helpful. Ron
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    First Lathe questions

    It occurs to me that I've kind of hijacked Mac's thread here, so if it's more appropriate, I can start my own thread. Is there a protocol for this I should b e following? Thanks Ron
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    First Lathe questions

    Hi, and thanks for that information. This might be kind of a silly question, but do these machines come completely assembled or arrive in, say, several large parts? The reason I ask is that, for example, in the Grizzly line, their 8 x 16 lathe comes in at about 166 pounds, which I could...
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    First Lathe questions

    Hi, Seems like I am a similar boat as Mac. Woodworker, adding metal working, or trying to. After spending several hours with "ThatLazyMachinist" Youtube videos to get the lay of the land a bit, I've kind of ended up in the same place. I started thinking of getting some Sherline equipment...
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    Just Getting Started, Part 1 (metalworking shows?)

    Thanks for the info; much appreciated.
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    Just Getting Started, Part 2 (other hobbyist metalworking online groups?)

    Hi, I thought I'd ask individual questions in separate threads, rather than mix them together. I'm brand new here, so I hope I'm not stepping on any rules. As I said, brand new here and just getting started. I've got a thread up in the Introductions that talks about my lack of, well...
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    Just Getting Started, Part 1 (metalworking shows?)

    Hi, I thought I'd ask individual questions in separate threads, rather than mix them together. I'm brand new here, so I hope I'm not stepping on any rules. As I said, brand new here and just getting started. I've got a thread up in the Introductions that talks about my lack of, well...
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    Hello from Illinois

    Well, as long as you're welcoming of folks short on knowledge and equipment (for now), but long on wanting to learn and see what people are doing, I'd love to stop by. I'm so new here I don't even know if we can do private messaging. If so, maybe you could send me more details. Thanks.
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    Hello from Illinois

    It was a balmy +6 here yesterday, but a more reasonable +25 today. I like the seasons, but man, the extremes of winter and summer start to wear on ya after awhile. :-)
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    Hello from Illinois

    Hi all, New member and new to metalworking as well. Living in the northwest suburbs outside of Chicago. I'm 67 and 109 days from retirement (not that I'm counting or anything). I've done woodworking on and off for a long time, and am pretty good working with my hands. Currently re-wiring...
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