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Offline Flyboy Jim

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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #495 on: May 19, 2017, 05:09:38 AM »
OK Zee..........I see that you've re-surfaced on a couple of other threads................so thinking that we need an update on your shop/house project?  :naughty:

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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #496 on: May 19, 2017, 12:16:54 PM »
Yeah, we need info!!!   Did you order your new lathe yet??  :stickpoke:

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« Reply #497 on: May 19, 2017, 04:29:33 PM »
Yeah, we need info!!!   Did you order your new lathe yet??  :stickpoke:

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« Reply #498 on: May 19, 2017, 11:21:46 PM »
Mill too?


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« Reply #499 on: May 20, 2017, 01:12:43 AM »
Uh... :paranoia:

Okay...here's the latest...

We're getting to the end of the project. A few things left that should be done next week...
Fencing
Awning
Solar
Carpeting might be an extra week or two
We're working on the punch list...which means some negotiation and arguing but it's going well. Builder is pretty decent.

Started clearing out the shop so I can put my shop in.  ;D Those who've kept up with the thread know what I mean.

The big news...T asked how much money we still needed to transfer from investments including...including...gasp...money for my shop.  :o
She's thinking of me.  :ThumbsUp:
I just haven't figured out yet why.  :thinking:

I'm thinking I'll pull the trigger on machines in the next week or two.
I have to admit...I'm a bit nervous about it. It will happen. But I might take a bit more time.

Today marks 51 weeks left until retirement. But that's just plan.
I may say screw it tomorrow...or I may say...I'd better hang on a bit more.
I'm sure most of you know what I'm going through.

I promised pictures earlier. I guess I'm promising again.  ;D

Seriously though...thanks for asking. Very much appreciated.

Oh and yes... both lathe and mill. And a few goodies to go with.
I'm jumping in with both feet and my ass.
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« Reply #500 on: May 20, 2017, 01:21:43 AM »
Hang in there, Carl. You and T will get there, and by Christmas you'll be able to sit back with the family and enjoy the new set-up.

 :cheers: :cheers:

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« Reply #501 on: May 20, 2017, 01:40:24 AM »
The retirement part is a big change, and its natural to be nervous about it, but with a bit of planning and confidence in the decision it works out fine. Biggest change is knowing what to do with the time, don't think you will have problems with that. People with no interests and hobbies have a big shock, you have both.


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« Reply #502 on: May 20, 2017, 02:39:18 AM »
That all sounds great Zee. We are on a similar retirement plan it seems, give or take a week or two. Mine is more fixed though, wouldn't be right to leave in the middle of the upcoming school year, but I definitely don't see going beyond the end of next Spring. Not counting the days yet but almost :). Keep us posted on the new equipment ordering, that's exciting....I am happy for you re: the shop, and for you and T both with the beautiful home renovations.

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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #503 on: May 20, 2017, 02:58:20 AM »
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Today marks 51 weeks left until retirement. But that's just plan.
I may say screw it tomorrow...or I may say...I'd better hang on a bit more.
I'm sure most of you know what I'm going through.
From my experience you will think you need more $ when you likely already have enough in the plan. It is quite amazing how much less you spend after the first year of retirement.
Since we don't know how long we are on this earth, retiring sooner rather than later is best plan in my experience.

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« Reply #504 on: May 20, 2017, 06:40:21 AM »
Hi Zee,
 Sounds like things are on track for shop move in day!

Only 52 weeks.....some people are lucky! Hopefully........but you never really know......I've still got another few years of tool buying to go!

My dad retired at 60, at the time it was the best thing he did, as my mum died a bit over a year latter. But he had a workshop, once he got sorted on being on his own he wondered how he ever had time to go to work! Guys would arrive....I hear you can do lathe mill etc work.....He turned 90 2 months ago & still goes & plays in the shop most days, he doesn't take on any biggish jobs anymore cause you just never know but enjoys the day!
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« Reply #505 on: May 20, 2017, 08:13:49 AM »
When you retire you have to work efficiently as time goes twice as fast, not slower! You'll find out the truth of it in about ten years. Best wishes for the new establishment. Paul Gough.

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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #506 on: May 24, 2017, 10:49:34 PM »
I did it.
I done did it.
The deed is done.
I did the deed.

I ordered the machines today.  :whoohoo: :whoohoo:

But  :cussing: blast it...the lathe is on back order.  :'(

PM-25MV Mill should arrive next week.
PM-1030V Lathe will be another 5 to 8 weeks.

Got stands for both.
The Lathe comes with a QC tool post. Also a 5" 3-jaw and 4-jaw chuck, face plate, thread chasing dial, 4-way tool post, dead centers, and chip pan.
The Mill comes with stand, drawbar, and speed display.
I included a 3-axis DRO, collets, small vise, and clamping kit.

Pics of the shop's current status....
I managed to clear it out. T didn't want the cabinet anymore so I got it. It should make for a nice display case.
The two lab benches were won in a raffle at work when they changed out lab equipment.
I won one and my daughter won one. She has no place for it...so....  ;D
I'll use one for my electronic projects. The other will be general purpose.

Now I'm working on moving everything up from the basement.
It's going to be a while before I'm set.



My main desk and computer setup will be in the corner to the right of that cabinet.
Not very happy with the ceiling lights. I was somewhat misled. But...the benches have their own lighting and the plan always was to provide spot lighting.



Machines are going along the right wall between that chair and the windows.
That way I'm facing the wall that has the entry to the shop and should minimize my being startled by those people yelling at me to keep my exuberance down.  ;D

T doesn't like my setup. She thinks my desk should be near the windows so I can enjoy nature through the windows.
While I would certainly enjoy that...I don't want the outside light interfering with my computer.

Please pardon me while I  :whoohoo: :whoohoo: :whoohoo:

Having said that...and despite my being the kind of person that always seeks the bright side of things...
Will the machines arrive intact?
Will the machines arrive as expected?
Will I get the machines installed without breaking them or hurting me?

Yes...the story continues.
Carl (aka Zee) Will sometimes respond to 'hey' but never 'hey you', whistles, and certain dinner bells.
"Found a peanut."
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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #507 on: May 24, 2017, 11:11:11 PM »
Great progress Zee!

The lab benches remind me of my many years working as a process equipment maintenance tech. Our production areas and clean room had them all over the place.
It will be fun to see the machines moved in. I think that I would want a work bench in front of the window and a desk for the PC located on the other end of the shop near the cabinet.

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« Reply #508 on: May 24, 2017, 11:29:35 PM »
That china cabinet soon to be an engine display case reminded me of a visit to Hearst Castle here in California.  His office has long built-in, lighted display cases on both walls facing the huge conference table.

I can remember thinking, when I saw them,

Wow. Think of all the engines one could display there.  What a waste to fill those cases with priceless Greek vases and signed, leather-bound first editions.

There was even room in the cabinets under the cases for a nice, quiet air compressor to keep them running.

And that disused indoor Roman swimming pool.  Drain it and you have a luxurious shop space with a gold-inlaid tile floor.
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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #509 on: May 24, 2017, 11:38:07 PM »
I think that I would want a work bench in front of the window and a desk for the PC located on the other end of the shop near the cabinet.

Exactly my thinking Dave. Thanks.

Wow. Think of all the engines one could display there.  What a waste to fill those cases with priceless Greek vases and signed, leather-bound first editions.

 ;D Well it will be dual purpose. It already has my Dad's metal truck toy he had as a kid along with a miniature Coca-Cola bottle. As well as a model of my first car (Beetle). It's also holding the first few machining projects I've done.

It will be a shrine of sorts.

I look forward to filling it with more.



Carl (aka Zee) Will sometimes respond to 'hey' but never 'hey you', whistles, and certain dinner bells.
"Found a peanut."
To work. To work. Zee-The Thread Trasher.