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Offline Hale21

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A start to mad modding
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:36:18 PM »
Hello all,
A quick note to introduce myself to this great site.
I have always had a fascination in making things but it has not been until recently I started to build a 'proper' workshop. It started out by buying a mini lathe to make fittings for model boats, but after turning (pun intended) large amounts of brass into swarf it was the process of machining and the problem solving that really got me hooked!

My first really useful project (and one I'm secretly proud of) was a version of Harold Hall's tail stock die holder, even if the taper turned out to be about morse 1 1/2!

Any way flushed with success (but not cash) I started to build my workshop by adding a X1 mini mill from Arc Euro, who have been helpful. Adding to this I have bought various other tools, some not so wisely (one of these a small rotary table that seems very hard to fix anything to) and some useful such as my indexable cutting tools (wish I bought some spare bits!).

Perhaps the biggest lesson so far is what I didn't buy such as a four jaw chuck, live centre and steadies - I think a real indicator of my lack of knowledge. Talking of that being a child of the 60's I still struggle with those funny thousandth of an inch things!

Well enough from me, apart for a big thank you for the inspirational projects on this site that are giving understanding and insight to fantastic hobby!

Incidentally I name my lathe Franky after my late father who always wanted a model engineering workshop but didn't quite get there.

Regards Hal
If it's not broken it soon will be!

Offline Pete49

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2014, 12:35:35 AM »
Welcome Hal to the asylum.  :nrocks:

Pete
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Offline Stilldrillin

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2014, 02:13:00 AM »
Hi Hal!  :wave:

Welcome to the Collective.  :borg:

You've made a great start, in the right place. Lots of people here, with lots of answers. Probably, all different! :thumbup:

Looking forward to seeing your work, and sharing your adventures.  :D

David D
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Still drilling holes... Sometimes, in the right place!

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

Offline awemawson

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2014, 04:20:48 AM »
Welcome aboard Hal,

I see that you are from God's own county of Yorkshire so that's a huge start :)
Andrew Mawson
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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014, 05:41:55 AM »
Welcome aboard Hal,

I see that you are from God's own county of Yorkshire so that's a huge start :)

Ooohh..... Mirfield!  :headbang:

I grew up, at Clifton......  :thumbup:

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

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2014, 02:25:44 PM »
Welcome Hal.  As you live in west Yorkshire I trust you will find the time to visit the Harrogate ME show next month, where you will have the chance to natter to quite a few mad modders, HOWEVER !, you may never recover from the experience. :loco:

Cheers Dek. :med:

-------(thinks, west Yorkshire, 10 entry fee, Yorkshireman parting with 10, doe's not compute. :lol:

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2014, 05:07:46 PM »
Hi Hal, and welcome to the forum,  Did your boating involve Kirklees model boat club?  they put a good show on at Harrogate Show. I know a few members there myself. Keep reading the forum.
regards John.


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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2014, 06:19:40 PM »
hi and welcume

Offline Hale21

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2014, 04:22:01 AM »
Thanks for the kind words - yes I'm a member of Kirkless Model Boat club. Can't wait for Harrogate - it will be like a kid in a sweet shop! :drool:
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Offline Meldonmech

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Re: A start to mad modding
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2014, 10:27:06 AM »
Hi Hal

                              Welcome to MadModder, look forward to your postings.

                                                    Cheers David