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Offline clevinski

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Introduction
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:29:30 PM »
Hi,

I just joined at the recommendation of a friend.  I'm located in New Jersey in the U.S.  I also post at several other sites and groups.  I am a relative newbie, only been involved in machining for about 18 months.  I have a 7x14 mini-lathe, a mini-mill (just recently converted to belt drive), band saw, and much of the assorted other goodies those of our addiction, uh, I mean, hobby, seem to accumulate.  I'm looking forward to participating here and learning a lot.  I understand you're all mad.  I should fit right in.

Thanks,
Charlie
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 10:40:58 PM »
Hi Charlie!

Welcome to the collective. :borg:

What do plan on making with your machines?

Are you in north, south or central NJ?

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 11:11:03 PM »
Thanks, Eric...

Ah... someone who knows there's a difference between Central, North and South NJ!   :bow: I'm from central New Jersey; I live a few miles from Rutgers stadium.  That would be exit 9 on the NJ Turnpike!   :)

Hmmm... "what are you going to use those machines for?"  That's exactly the question my wife asked me when I started buying them.  I actually have a sort of fanatic desire to be able to make whatever I need when I'm repairing something, and that was my first reason.  I had a little experience with machine tools from a job in my 20s, and really enjoyed it.  So far, I've made mostly tools, accessories, modifications, etc. to the machine tools themselves.  I've also made a few other projects, including a sort of flying-saucer-shaped desk magnifier for an astronomy buff friend.  Right now I'm converting an old drill press minus motor that a friend gave me into a tapping stand.  I was always interested in building some kind of small steam engines, something like that, and will probably spend some time on that when I retire in a few years.

I hope that gives you an idea...

Charlie
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 11:17:24 PM »
Eric...

Ah.  I see from your profile that you're actually FROM New Jersey.   :Doh:  Which area?

A group of NJ hobby machinists from another site have been getting together to see each others' shops, trade ideas and extra goodies, and generally kibitz every month or two.  You are welcome to join us for the next outing.  I'll send you a PM (I assume there are PMs here somewhere) when we set the next date.  We met in Roseland the week before last and in Middlesex County about six weeks before that.  Roseland was only our second meeting so we're just getting started.  Hope you can make it!

Charlie
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2013, 01:05:04 AM »
Hi Charlie  :wave:

Welcome to the asylum. You'll probably come across a few inmates like me who you recognise from elsewhere.


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Re: Introduction
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2013, 01:24:55 AM »
Hi Charley,

I sent you a PM.

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 03:06:13 PM »
Hi Charlie  :wave:

Welcome to the asylum. You'll probably come across a few inmates like me who you recognise from elsewhere.


Andy

Hi, Andy,

Thanks for the greetings!  I look forward reading your posts here!

Charlie
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2013, 04:27:21 PM »
 :wave: Hi and welcome to us
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2013, 08:46:02 PM »
Welcome, Charlie!  :wave:
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2013, 09:29:22 PM »
Thanks, Guys!  I really appreciate the welcome!

Charlie
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2013, 04:11:35 AM »
Hi Charlie.  :wave:

Welcome to the Collective.  :borg:

I'm also a Mini Forums member.  :thumbup:

We're a mixed bunch here. And all the better for it!   :D

Join in. Enjoy!  :thumbup:

David D
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Still modifying bits of metal... Occasionally, making an improvement!

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2013, 08:27:46 AM »
Hi Charlie,
I'm also a 'mini' forum member...under a different nick tho' than here...
welcome and enjoy ........
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2013, 11:11:02 PM »
welcome Charlie hope you have fun here. 'Mini forum'? are they still people that drive these small terrors/ though I must admit I do like the new mini coopers
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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2013, 11:33:25 PM »
What's the 'mini' forum? I was thinking cars too...
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2013, 12:13:28 AM »
Eric, David D was referring to forums like the Yahoo "7x12 Minilathe Group", Eric.  That's often the first port of call for those who have bought one in high expectations, then find they need a bit of help getting it to work as it should.

BTW, and  :offtopic: did I see recently that you are in New Jersey? If so, one of the 7x12ers recently posted something which might be of interest, if it's not too far south of you.  See below.

Andy

"Just came across a great source of cheap materials, used machines (BIG ones) and endless nuts bolts chucks reamers drills…you name it. Spent 3 hrs there today and barely touched the surface.  This is def a local thing – best for anybody who lives near here. Got a nice bit o’ brass, AL and some thick Plexiglas as well as some drill rod and a couple little angle plates. I think if one digs long enough you might find anything!

"Cook Machinery Inc. 683 Sicklerville Road Sicklerville, NJ 08081 856-692-4900

"About 20 miles east of Philadelphia. Tom and brother Jim run the place – been there 28 years."
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2013, 12:40:15 AM »
Andy  :doh:

I used to live down that way. I just moved! Granted I am in North Jersey now... that may become a road trip.
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2013, 06:41:20 AM »
BTW, and  :offtopic: did I see recently that you are in New Jersey? If so, one of the 7x12ers recently posted something which might be of interest, if it's not too far south of you.  See below.

Andy

"Cook Machinery Inc. 683 Sicklerville Road Sicklerville, NJ 08081 856-692-4900

"About 20 miles east of Philadelphia. Tom and brother Jim run the place – been there 28 years."

Hi, Andy,

I *just* saw that and emailed it to a couple of buddies!  That's only about an hour or so from me, and would certainly be worth the drive.  I'm trying to get a couple of machining buddies interested for a little road trip...
Thanks,
Charlie

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2013, 06:42:58 AM »
Andy  :doh:

I used to live down that way. I just moved! Granted I am in North Jersey now... that may become a road trip.
Eric,

Still a great destination for a rainy day!
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Charlie

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2013, 05:26:40 PM »
hi and welcume

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2013, 09:03:21 PM »
Thanks, KRV!
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2013, 09:34:22 AM »
Hello and welcome Charlie.

There is another great source for material and machinery in Southern NJ Its called Josef Fazzio there on the net.

And about 40 miles due south into Delaware is the largest scrap yard storing  stainless steel i have ever seen its near Greenwood,  the name of the place escapes me i just know how to get there.

It seams to me the Mid East coast has the best scrap yards around due to all the industry here.... Or  lets say used to be!


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Re: Introduction
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2013, 02:43:42 PM »
Thanks, Anthony,

I've been to Fazzios in Wall (it's a branch location) but their scrap collection is minimal...  I bought some square tubing there for a project I made for my daughter.  If you need new material, they have everything!

Thanks,
Charlie
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