Re: Metalworking for Dummies Website?
- From: "JWho" <nospam@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 17:22:22 GMT
"Grant Erwin" <grant@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> I'm going to assume you aren't a troll. If you really want to spend some
> reading and learning, first let me tell you how *I* learned. I lived in NW
> Portland for 2 years in the early '90s, pre-ebay. I lived alone and had
> free (my family was still in Seattle) so I wasn't dating. I spent many
> on a bench at Powell's Technical Books reading. And reading. Tons of great
> stuff. Some books are so cheap and so well written and so full of
> that you'd be well off to buy them outright. An example is "How To Run A
> by the South Bend Lathe Corporation, now reprinted by Lindsay, but surely
> available for less than $5 anytime you need it.
> I also just read and watched this NG for years before I even owned a
> I suggest you visit your local library and search on the subject "machine
> practice" or "metalworking" or something. If you're having trouble, ask
> librarian at the main desk, that's their job. Check out a dozen or two
> read them. Skin read, study, memorize, whatever.
> Browse the Web. When you find a Web site you like, bookmark it. Organize
> bookmarks. I have hundreds of sites bookmarked all under one header called
> "Tools and Shop Equipment". Look for giant metalworking sites like
> to metalwebnews.com and read all the instructional articles. Go look
> dropbox, found at metalworking.com which you'll often see referenced. Go
> through lathe.com, the Logan site, and look at Scott's list of links.
> awhile you will get an idea of what it is you want to learn.
> But I urge you - buy a machine tool, whatever it is, and learn how to use
> properly. My first one was a drill press, closely followed by a 4x6"
> horizontal/vertical metalcutting bandsaw. I learned really a lot about
> can do and what you can't. When you are trying to do something, you will
> real questions. Tell us what you are trying to do and what you're running
> I often see guys asking things like "how can I make a perfectly square
> when the simplest thing for him to do would be to weld something.
> Finally, let me assure you that you won't wear out your welcome if your
> questions are genuine, especially if you never let yourself be sucked into
> namecalling or politics. People post to this NG because they have time to
> they enjoy writing about what they know. So ask.
Hi. Thank you very much for all the suggestions!! By the way, I am not a
troll. I don't even live near a bridge, much less under one. :-)
I don't know what all a lathe does, so I think I am going to try to find
that book you mentioned.
Thank you!! again.
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