Very excited to be here and talk to everyone
I'm excited too, not least for the bunch of money I'm likely to want to spend getting my machine shop up and running after this.
It's an expensive hobby, that's for sure. Cheaper than racing though, so there's that. 😏
At least machine tools don't $2000 in tires and brakes every three weeks
Once you've invested in the tools, is there much ongoing cost other than materials?
Looks like we can get started. Welcome to the Hack Chat, everyone. Today we welcome Quinn Dunki to talk about the home machine shop, plus anything else she feels like telling us about. Thanks for joining us today, Quinn.
My pleasure! Hello internet!
Thanks, a lathe page fan.
There are so many of you here!
So Dan, what's the format here- can people just starting asking away?
:-) Hi everybody
Yep, free form questions. And it can get a little asynchronous, so people might ask questions and then ask them again.
Where do you like to get your stock for projects lately?
Okay, let me start with Josh, who asked "Once you've invested in the tools, is there much ongoing cost other than materials?"
Pretty informal. Maybe you can start with a little about your background?
also, don't worry about answering all questions, there are more of us than you and there is a limit of how fast a human can type
I need to see your keyboard
They say you should expect to spend as much on your first machine tool as you do for tooling, and I think that's accurate. The machine tools themselves are honestly a surprisingly small part of a machine shop. You also need bandsaws, grinders, drill presses, etc, and the tooling never seems to end. All the jigs, vices, blocks, parallels, etc that you need. HOWEVER- those costs are all very gradual over time. You can start with a lathe a few basic tooling items
As for stock, I have a local steel yard that I like a lot, and also I'm using eBay heavily these days. Flat rate USPS shipping is amazing. I had a 20lb steel bar delivered for free in an envelope. Apologies to everyone else's mail that day- it got obliterated for sure.
The envelope was six Tyvek molecules when it got to me, but the steel bar was fine because it's a freaking steel bar.
Dont forget trying to get drops. (left overs in the steel yard to small to sale)
What made you switch from mostly electronics projects to mostly machining projects?
It's funny what will mail. I got a complete exhaust system mailed to me once. Just put a priority mail sticker on it and it showed up like that.
Yah, metal suppliers will have off-cuts, and the same for local machine shops. They throw away more stock than I use
My son-in-law works at a steel supplier. I'm a happy lad.
Denver area: ALRECO in Henderson
Dillon, I still a lot of both, but machining has captured my attention lately because it's extremely technical and everything you make is so darn pretty when you're done.
I need to buy tooling for my lathe In my grandfathers shop, he always used high speed steel and custom ground what he needed. Can you recommend a set of insert style tools?
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