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  1. Jan 28, 2019 #21

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    I forgot to mention Mr. Gotteswinter. He has an excellent explanation of hand scraping I refer to in my many attempts to learn it.
    AVE reminds me of the guys i worked around when i was an ironworker. Love it!
     
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    I can be reached at “scopes10@aol.com”
     
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    DCP - If you are not in a great hurry, watch various postings of machines for sale, Craigslist, estate sales, etc. and you can find good quality at resonable prices. Sometimes the equipment and tooling will require some cleaning and assembly but that is all part of the hobbiest experience. I am just beginning and am 68 years young. I bought a scarely used 1953 Logan lathe slightly disassembled with original cast iron legs and some tooling for $650. I watched for about 7 months before I found it and drove about 200 miles to get it. All together now and with a little more tooling, it works great. I found a Grizzly G0759 in an estate sale, with some tooling, only 6 months old for $1500. (I really wanted a Bridgeport but couldn't get it into the basement shop.) It will meet my needs as a hobby engine builder. I picked up a 4 x 6 metal bandsaw at a garage sale for $50 and it works very nicely. I also am learning as I go and sometimes I have to make parts a couple times before I get them right, but I am learning. Good luck in your new hobby. Just keep in mind that it is a rabbit hole with no bottom.
     
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    Abom79 on YouTube is terrific. He just quit his day job to work on his channel full time.
     
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    Abom79 is awesome and definitely has copious skills, but he is way beyond the hobbiest level, both in equipment and sizes of work he does. Sure the skill sets are transferable, but for what most of us seem to be doing there are other sources more relevent to our hobby. Look at this site and others such as The Hobby Machinist Forum, mrpete222, Tom Lipton, Gadgetbuilder.com, Home machineshop.com, Tom's Techniques and Metalworkingfun.com. This is not an extensive listing but these can get you going in the right direction and give you plenty of ideas for consideration along the lines of a hobby - if that is where you want to go.
     
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    Swordmaker15 I watched two of the 'episodes' on Clickspring. Basic filing techniques and how to make spade bits. Don't understand why shaping the bit was left until after hardening the steel. Good and interesting info, nonetheless.
    Thanks
     
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    Thanks for replying TorontoBuilder. I can't relate(?) to some of your references but I will Google Stefan Gotteswinter. Hope you are able to stay warm!
     
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    Both Leonard Sparey and Tubal Cain ( Tom D. Walshaw) wrote many articles and books as well as designing many models which are still being made today. Is there something for which I am not aware?

    Walshaw was a full time lecturer at Darlington Technical College.

    Perhaps comments should be welcomed

    regards

    Norman
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement Almega. I check CL, and OfferUp several times a week! It seems as if you are finding good deals in your searches.
     
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    Thanks Almega. I recognize some of the sources you site. I will try to give a bit of attention to the ones I have not visited yet.
     
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    I am finding this thread very interesting. I have been involved with Engineering and Model Engineering for the whole of my life (I am now 73). I was encouraged by my father and started my first engine build at the age of 12. I received a Stuart No 10 horizontal casting set for my 12th birthday and completed the model in my 64th year (Patience is a virtue in this hobby). I had an excellent metalwork teacher at school and after an apprenticeship, with the Royal Air Force and 23 years service I settled into civilian life and for once established my workshop at my permanent dwelling.

    Settling down allowed me to put into practice what I had read and observed over the years and I now have what I need to fulfill my dreams, but I still look for unusual projects.

    My advice to older persons joining the movement later in life is join a local club if you have one, buy good secondhand machines (British, American, German and Russian origin are all good) and be prepared to make mistakes. Youtube is awesome and takes up a lot of my TV time, Keith Atherton is particularly worthy of mention. I recently bought " A Guide to Model Engineering Practice" by Henry Greenly and am finding it very informative, wish I had had a copy 60 years ago!! It is available from www,lindsaybks.com for $9, a bargain.

    The hobby needs more participates and needs to embrace modern methods, CNC, 3D printing and whatever the future brings.

    Good luck to all and welcome to all "Newbies"

    Happy metal cutting

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    I found "Model Engineering: A Guide to Model Workshop Practice" by Henry Greenly. Is that the same book?
     
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    I imagine so, the reprint ISBN is 1-55918-312-8 if that helps.

    Cheers

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    Thanks for the recommendations B. I will look into obtaining a copy of the Greenly book as well as check out Keith Atherton.
    I can certainly relate to your statement on patience. I have unfinished model airplanes that I began building decades ago.
    I have a Sherline lathe as well as a Craftsman(Clausing). Neither of which I have used! Last week I fumbled my way through making a ferrule from a 3/8" bolt. I did that on a small Clarke lathe. I enjoyed the process. However, the time involved in the process was comical!
     
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    B, I have ordered the Greenly book. However, the only mention I can find of 'Keith Atherton' is a professional baseball player. Can you provide a link?
     
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    Did you mean : Keith Appleton " the steam encyclopedia on youtube ? Me a newby apprentice machinist 73 years old
    find him very instructional .
     
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    Thanks, Hengeveld.gerard, you are so right, I have it on my favourites and the eyes aren't what they used to be.

    If you are looking for a good book on Model Engine Making there is an excellent reprint of that title available from Amazon ISBN-10: 1-5107-0546-5 I love old books about steam engines and engineering in general, am I in a time warp?
     
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    Check out the machining curriculum at Central Piedmont CC. I got my start after retirement by taking courses at my local school. Talk to the instructor directly for recommendations.
     
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    Thanks gentleman for the advice . several books are on order.

    Gerard
     
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    Thank you Hengeveld.Gerard. Google lists Keith Appleton as having a series of beginner videos on making steam engines. I just bookmarked video #1.
     

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