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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #570 on: June 02, 2017, 11:30:10 PM »
Once the machine wins then all is well for the future.
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« Reply #571 on: June 06, 2017, 03:23:42 PM »
The one modification I have done to my mill was to add an extension to the arm holding the DRO.  It was just too close to the handles and I kept banging my clumsy hands on it.  I could have just made a longer arm but the extension put the readout up another inch and in a more comfortable position to read (I'm 5 feet 12" tall and I hate bending over!)

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« Reply #572 on: June 11, 2017, 01:04:52 AM »
Interesting John.
I'm wonder what the length of your original arm is. Mine is 14" (355mm) and doesn't look like it will be problem.
But raising it's height is something for me to think about.
I used to be 5 feet 14" but I'm getting closer to your height of 5 feet 12" now.  ;D

And, like you, I hate bending over...unless I espy a goodie.
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« Reply #573 on: June 11, 2017, 01:15:49 AM »
Interesting John.
I'm wonder what the length of your original arm is. Mine is 14" (355mm) and doesn't look like it will be problem.
But raising it's height is something for me to think about.
I used to be 5 feet 14" but I'm getting closer to your height of 5 feet 12" now.  ;D

And, like you, I hate bending over...unless I espy a goodie.
THAT'S why the shop elves stay away from your shop, you're too tall, Zee! They don't like anyone over 4'19"... :lolb:

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« Reply #574 on: June 11, 2017, 01:48:21 AM »
Zee:  The original arm on mine is about 14" and with the readout mounted in the middle it puts the side about 6" closer to the machine.  The gap between the edge of the readout and the crank handle got too close and I kept whacking my clumsy mitt on it.
I decided on raising it up an inch by very carefully looking through my scrap pile and coming up with a hunk of 1/2" x 1" and said bingo, engineered perfectly.
I was for years 5 foot 12" and with age a very bad knee I went down to 5 foot 11".  I had my knee replaced with some sensible stainless steel and polyethylene and with that and a lot of physical therapy and all around re-alignment I am back up to 5 foot 12"!

Have you made any chips with it yet or are you still on the admire and fondle stage?

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« Reply #575 on: June 11, 2017, 12:37:36 PM »
Have you made any chips with it yet or are you still on the admire and fondle stage?

Still admiring and fondling.  ;D

Actually...still getting shop in place. I'm moving up from the basement.
And there's a lot of distractions. The house remodeling has meant spending time getting all the rooms as well as the outside done.
It doesn't help it's the beginning of summer.
Today I have to build a bunch of tomato cages out of livestock panels for T.
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« Reply #576 on: June 22, 2017, 01:26:36 PM »
Well, are you still working on those tomato cages :facepalm:? What's going on here man? You can't just leave us hanging.

 :pics:

We need updates

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« Reply #577 on: June 23, 2017, 02:04:28 AM »
Well, are you still working on those tomato cages :facepalm:? What's going on here man? You can't just leave us hanging.
We need updates

Sorry about that. Been pretty busy.

I'm not happy with the pics. I don't seem to have good luck with my phone camera. I need to get out the better camera. But here goes...

Here's a shot of the tomato cages. This job goes on the list "I'll never do that again".
Used bolt cutters to cut the 8 feet by 50" panels into two 7 feet by 18" panels.
I've not used a bolt cutter before and didn't realize I was hitting one hand with the other when I made a cut.
After hundreds of cuts...I have a bruise from my index finger to about 1/3 of the way up my forearm. Not a good thing.
I can hardly turn the keys in my truck.
This is a typical problem of getting older...you trip, hit something, turn an ankle, whatever, and it shows up two days later and you can't remember what you did to get such a bruise.
18 panels. Then folded each in half (not easy!) and used two to create a cage. 9 cages.

But she was ecstatic. Loved them. Thinks they will last a lifetime now. Right.



A shot of the snap peas. We've been eating snap peas for days now. They are great. I take a bag to work for lunch.
T and my eldest daughter have been making wonderful dishes with them.



A shot of the boxes containing snap dragons and a zucchini plant.



A shot of the boxes with loads of different lettuces.



And now we come to some shots of the current status of the shop. Not much going on.
Still moving everything around the house and setting up.
About all I can do is look at the mill and dream.







But I'm getting there. A few more weeks before the lathe shows up.

It looks like it will be a while before I can start cutting.
I'd forgotten that my summers generally shorten shop time.

P.S. Meathead number 2 is going to ask my eldest for marriage. While she was on business he came by to...well I can't say he asked my blessing so much as he said he plans to marry my daughter. That's fine. I did the same thing. And he knows I have a shop with interesting tools that don't have to be applied just to metal.  ;D

P.P.S. About to go back to Missouri and drive my folks out here so they can visit their grand-daughters and great-grand-daughter. They won't fly.
I suspect it's the last time they'll make it out here.
They are good people.

Better than most of you.  :lolb:
I mean all of you.

I mean all of you put together.  :lolb: :lolb:
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Re: Zee's Shop Beginnings
« Reply #578 on: June 23, 2017, 02:16:13 AM »
Great update Zee. Thanks!! And for the pictures too.

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« Reply #579 on: June 23, 2017, 03:24:36 AM »
Great update Zee!

Very nice gardens.  And superb tomato cages!   :D

Nice shop too! Is the lathe going on the same wall as the mill?  On the other side of the tool chest?

Kim

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« Reply #580 on: June 23, 2017, 03:26:50 AM »
Nice garden layout! But couldn't you get the garden gnomes to do that work?   :Lol:

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« Reply #581 on: June 23, 2017, 04:41:38 AM »
Hi Zee,
 Bet T is very happy with the garden! Looks like everything is growing just fine! I better not show R those tomatoe cages or I know what I'll be doing!

Oh the work shop is coming along to!

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« Reply #582 on: June 23, 2017, 04:47:27 AM »
Tomato cages???? Do you get big fruit fly there or do the plants need to be beaten into submission? Down here I just put stakes (wood not meat) in to hold them up.
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« Reply #583 on: June 23, 2017, 08:17:45 AM »
Caged tomatoes what type do you grow over there? They must be real mean if you have to cage them... they are not crossed with chilli are they  ::)

They are good people.

Better than most of you.  :lolb:
I mean all of you.

I mean all of you put together.  :lolb: :lolb:

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« Reply #584 on: June 23, 2017, 10:59:41 AM »
Zee, it's looking great man. I see you have been busy around the old homestead. Meathead: now you are telling your age. Now that I think about it; y'all would have been about the same age and I can see you with that "look", Frye boots, hair do, mustache, and all. On the other hand; you are beginning to sound a lot like Archie, what with calling him meathead and then that closing statement concerning the lot of us :mischief: :lolb: :lolb: . Keep your shovel shiny.

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