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  1. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    HumbleWorker 91RT Trainee Access

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    Yo guys,

    More than likely some of the older boys (naming no names) may have used a lathe once or twice, for machining little parts and bits and bobs on your home projects?

    Looking at broadening my horizons and add some feathers to a pretty bald cap.

    Cheers,
    HW
     
  2. static zap
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    More sensible than killing the bearings in your
    mains drill ,
    with a file / hacksaw--angle grinder -oh-yeah .
    ... Side-load..Mr Broadband advert...
    ( have some more chores to do before I'm allowed one!)
    ----Pillar drill there's a thought---
     
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  3. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Best get doing them chores then eh!
     
  4. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    did do, many years ago. all the lathes and other machine tools we used were calibrated in thousanths of an inch. none of the stupid milli thingies.
     
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  5. ruston
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    Yes me too , I had a spell in a famous fishing factory making world class reels and rods.
     
  6. telectrix
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    back of my mind, remember the tolerance on a RR Merlin crankshaft was 0.5 thou.
     
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  7. ruston
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    During the war the factory I mentioned made parts for that engine too . Small world.
     
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  8. PEG
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    I am lucky enough to have access to a range of lathes and milling machinery.
    Always handy when making parts for old or bespoke tackle,with sometimes better results and materials.

    In fact,i have to use one this week,if you can believe it...to align the crank,across a changed big-end,on a shaft out of a 1950's Danarm Villiers chainsaw engine :)

    ...The 21st century is OK...but i couldn't stay in it,full-time!
     
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  9. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    That sounds fun!

    I doubt there are many of those knocking about nowadays...

    Physically I am 25, mentally I am in my 60's at least I just want to make stuff anything and everything I can think of. I need to calm down a bit.
     
  10. Marvo
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    I have a small lathe and milling machine at home and a couple of large ones in my business workshop. I used to use my home machines for restoring firearms but I don't have time for hobbies so much nowadays. I made a wooden small bowl set on the lathe not too long ago but that's about it.
     
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  12. PEG
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    ...Very "new-age" those wooden beauties :) you could make a few quid,selling them to these folk obsessed with Game of Thrones.

    For some unfathomable reason,that series has pushed the value of my anvil collection,beyond any savings plan ;)
     
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  13. ruston
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    Amen to that. I am glad I am on my way out , not in .
    I despair for the young , I really do.
     
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  14. PEG
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    Cheer up:) every generation says that,and the youth at that time,don't know or care.

    All the generations of my family,had something to whinge about...Polio and rickets,a couple of wars,the end of a trade,nuclear destruction(first time round),recessions,several flavours of terrorism,interest rates,bird flu...and all:rolleyes:

    I've piloted a 38RB manual,on grab excavation...i'm not scared of the 21st century!
     
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  15. ruston
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    I have too , only it was on a 22. Also unloaded and reloaded gas pipeline pipes with 100'stick with an air puncher, so as you say life is not too bad :).
     
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