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Woodnmetal

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07-26-2021 10:58 AM

Hello my name is Gary,
Thanks for adding me to the group. I’m looking forward to sharing my future plans and projects with the group as I get started on this new hobby.
I have been a CNC machinist ( 2D/3D metal parts) for 35 years, I’m in the process of setting up a small shed that I built during our “COVID” lockdown.
Just started adding some small equipment to see where this new hobby will take me.
I’m not sure how to navigate through the forum as of yet so please be patient with me if I post in the wrong section initially.
I’m looking forward to sharing my journey/experiences with you all along with learning some new skills/ideas from the members here.

Cheers!
Gary

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 07-26-2021 12:04 PM

Welcome to LJ. Great group of folks here.
It might help if you told us what direction you’re heading. CNC, machine tools, hand tools? Hobby projects, home business? Larger projects, small projects?

-- Sawdust Maker

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Woodnmetal

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#2 posted 07-26-2021 01:13 PM

The plan was to buy smaller used equipment until I get a feel for how far I would like to go with this adventure. However, since “Covid” I wasn’t interested in porch pick-ups so decided to start out with mostly “Mastercraft” ( Canadian tire) saws, belt sander, drill press, welder, along with a few hand tools/clamps.

We plan on several small projects while keeping this a relaxing hobby when my wife and I have some spare time.
I told my wife…. If we can’t lift it after its done then we can’t make it. Which, she agreed 100%

Been a long time since I’ve done any manual machining, calculating angles along with multiple set-ups per work piece.
CNC and CAD has softened the brain over the years, that coupled with taking the manual machine work aspect out of everything I do on a daily basis has given me the push to get into wood with the addition of small metal accents. Mostly stainless, brass and copper inlays as our projects evolve.

I just recently started on a cedar wishing well for my wife. I wasn’t shooting for perfection since it will be sitting outside. Just getting a feel for manual work again at a much slower pace in the comfort of our shed.

Still have more set-up to do since everything was purchased within a 2-3 week period, Just trying to get set-up properly, little by little. Changes to the set-up seem to occur often during this phase, This is why I needed a break to start on the wishing well. As I was working, The set-up plans are becoming a little more clear as we go.

We feel as thou the LJ forum will be an exciting adventure and addition to our new hobby.
Cheers!
Gary & Christine

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-27-2021 03:49 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, CNC lasers and routers add so much professional look to projects. You could make a business just doing some fine looking details for other woodworkers. Metal working and epoxy pouring also add great new dimensions to wood projects! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!!!!!!.............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Woodnmetal

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#4 posted 07-27-2021 07:20 PM

Jim,
I couldn’t agree with you more on the CNC lasers and routers. I think, the biggest advantage is the user-friendliness’ coupled with the straight forward simplicity approach in most CAD Design software’s. Things have become so much easier in the past 15 years, without a huge price tag really. Now, If I had to go back 15 or so years, still Designing with wire frame, then having to add surfaces prior to machining/cutting we would be upside down on the cost for custom 1 off’s.

If I wasn’t close to retirement age, seriously looking into a business venture woodworking, than my floor space would be full of CNC equipment. Well, with the exception of a cheap manual drill press for the odd hole I needed on some projects and a bench grinder with 2 Green wheels only.

I was really thinking about, but, hesitant you know on asking my wife to offer up taking the position on as… Woodnmetal’s design and organizational team leader. Thinking she could probably do a much better job than I would.
Then it hit me… a life lesson flashback instantly made my jaw drop and bit my tongue.
3 weeks ago its was piled up with just the boxes, so I think its coming together.

I’m on holidays this week, so I will try to figure out how to post a few pictures of my disaster shed as it is now.

See if I can post a few pictures of the ideas I have in place!!!

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Woodnmetal

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#5 posted 07-29-2021 02:55 PM

This is our first project ( wishing well base).
Made from scrap cedar end cuts .
I have a good source for getting all kinds of these end cuts.
So most of our projects will be made of cedar initially.

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Woodnmetal

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#6 posted 07-29-2021 03:00 PM

Sorry about the picture not coming in the proper way.
I read a post where some guys do not like this so… I will try to get better with posting and adding pictures.

Cheers
Gary & Christine!

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Woodnmetal

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#7 posted 07-29-2021 05:21 PM

This is the new 8X10 hobby shed I built last spring.
I had to integrate some car hobby stuff since that was my first hobby.

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Woodnmetal

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#8 posted 07-29-2021 05:33 PM


This material I will be doing welding projects with.
I purchased the Mastercraft Mig/ flux core for these projects.
Surprisingly enough, the Mastercraft welder tested out really well. Using .03 Lincoln flux core wire on 110A /20A breaker.

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Woodnmetal

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#9 posted 07-29-2021 05:50 PM

I’m not an experienced welder. I have borrowed and used Miller and Lincoln welders in the past from car guys I know for my other projects.
Here are pictures of the first tests, wire speed and heat setting.

The material is laser cut 1018 CRS. A tumbled debur finish . 3/16 thickness

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Woodnmetal

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#10 posted 07-29-2021 08:19 PM

I wasn’t standing on my head taking these pictures and have no idea why they upload to the forum this way.
Until I can figure things out here I won’t post anymore haha.

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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rtbrmb

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#11 posted 07-31-2021 01:03 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks- looking forward to seeing some of your projects posted.

What I do with my pictures (before posting) is crop them (just a tiny bit)...then when I post them they orient correctly. Don’t ask me why…it just works for me.

Bill in MI

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Woodnmetal

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#12 posted 07-31-2021 06:14 PM

Bill,
Thank you,
I will try to crop the current pictures and re-post when I get a chance.
I have several projects to get started on. I’m move at a much slower pace these days but hope to get a few done in coming weeks.
Very much appreciated!

Gary & Christine!

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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