A machine shop near home closed up shop.

A machine shop near home closed up shop. I happened to score this truck load of steel from the place today. Had to be close to 1,500 pounds. My truck was squatting a bit. I think I have enough material to last the remainder of my days on the planet. Still going through it. I need more shelves. 😳 And then went spelunking at Lee’ Machinery with @foxbergsfabbercobblin looking for tooling. Great way to spend a Saturday but my back is roached!
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The generosity of strangers never ceases to amaze me.

The generosity of strangers never ceases to amaze me. I reached out on a local community Fakebook group to see if my town had any other hobby machinists. Hoping to make a friend or two. Not only did I make a new friend, but since he recently retired, he gifted me some of the tools he still had but no longer needed. Wow. Just wow. Made my day. I am honored to be the new custodian of these tools.
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First two pieces of the jib crane!

First two pieces of the jib crane! Scored this I beam and trolley off Fakebook Marketplace for a great deal. I’ve been thinking of putting something like this in the workshop to help move chucks, vises, and such on and off the lathe and mill. The older I get, the harder it will be to move these things around. Plus, if I get it built in time, it’ll help with the rehab of the mill.
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Sometimes, impatience breeds ingenuity.

Sometimes, impatience breeds ingenuity. I wanted the mill out of the garage and into the shop. I had offers to help from @tjpowellnet, but I spent some time after work today and made an anchor point for the snatch block for the winch line. Used the wireless remote on my @theoriginalsmittybilt winch on the Jeep to slowly inch it into the shop, moving the pipes it’s rolling on as I go. Took me less than 30 minutes to move it into place. Not sure if the mill will stay in this spot or not.
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