Category Archives: Machining

Chea-Pass Collet Chuck

Jay needed a collet chuck for his lathe. The problem? He couldn’t get the Finance Director to sign off on his requistion for a new one. His wife is mean like that. The other problem was that the commercially available … Continue reading

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Machining: A Tool Post Holder

I knew something was up when Jay was watching This Old Tony’s video about making Quick Change Tool Holders. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching This Old Tony’s videos. However, the fact that he specifically chose this video meant … Continue reading

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A Guy Walks Into A Bar…

Or maybe a guy works at a bar. No, that’s not right. Hmmm. Let’s start looking at pictures and maybe I can work out the right saying. Jay used to be a bit irritated if I brought work home, but … Continue reading

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When the Workshop and Sewing Room Collide…

Today would normally be a day when I would post something that Jay has made. Except, I think the only thing he’s been making are blank bullet molds in preparation for his coworker’s ammo requirements. It gives Jay a project … Continue reading

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Jay’s Must-Have Machining Tools

Recently Jay obtained a different position at work. This new position will involve robot programming, robot troubleshooting, prototyping, and machining. Essentially, they are now going to pay Jay to do what he usually does in our basement. It would be … Continue reading

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A Miter Gauge for the Disc Sander

If you have a hobby, it doesn’t matter what it is, then you know there are times when you need to do something and a certain tool would come in VERY handy. The problem is that you don’t need it … Continue reading

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A Portable Band Saw Table

Next week I’ll go back to posting on Mondays, but I wanted to share one of Jay’s latest projects. You see, he was a very good boy during 2021 so he got some nice things for Christmas. One of these … Continue reading

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A Bullet Mold

I told Jay that I needed pictures from him so that I wouldn’t upset my followers. After all, if I posted another crochet project there might be a riot. Luckily, Jay had a project waiting in the wings. Apparently somebody … Continue reading

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A Beer Cooler, Too

After making a third practice lunch bag I decided that maybe I knew what I was doing, so I gathered my materials, my patterns, and started cutting out the insulation pieces. That’s almost enough for 24 lunch bags. I’m waiting … Continue reading

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A Cranky Machining Project

I teased you a little bit at the end of the last woodworking blog. I showed you this picture: Did you idnetify the mystery object? No, it’s not an industrial roof top fan unit for the train layout. No, it’s … Continue reading

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