This won’t win me any awards

This won’t win me any awards, but the bed clamp for the South Bend steady rest is done! This journey of learning to be a hobby machinist is so much fun. I’ve watched enough videos of the real deal that I figured I could put some of what I gleaned to use and this is one of those results. If all goes well, I’ll have the video for this posted at my normal time tomorrow at 11:00am Eastern time. I have another on the K&T all ready to go just in case I can’t get it done. It’s amazing how long it can take to whittle 6 hours of footage (12 hours if you count the second camera) into a 20-25 minute video! Fingers crossed! 🤞🏻

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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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