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    Making The Jump

    Made the jump from local day rides to cross country rides. I liked commuting, day rides, hitting the local bars, hanging with the bikers. Hearing talk of group overnight rides outa town. Riding and seeing the USA from the seat of my motorcycle hit the spot. Had to get my gear together to camp out with those crazy Beemer rider. My geometric riding circle kept expanding getting larger. My bike became my travel partner. Getting back home, people were asking; where have U been? Wished I could do that. I had the right bike, rode with the right people and went to the cool places. I got plans for more rides coming up. The Naturally Beemer Rally and the MOA National in Springfield, Mo.are on the list. Iím getting my gear together.

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    Back to School Part II

    Iím back at Ark. State Mid-South Junior College taking general machine shop. Iím here as basically a Adjunct full time student. A year and half ago I was here taking the CNC machining course. Some at the college consider that one of the hardest courses here. 19 credit hours of work. I passed, but it kinda kicked my butt. Now Iím here to freshen up my general machine shop skills working with the old school conventional lathes, mills, surface grinders, etc.. I did this work for 20 years back in the 70ís and 80ís. Rick the instructor asked what I wanted to start on. The lathe, which is the machine I started on back in the mid 70ís. Iím basically a 69 year old retread intern. Watch the movie ĎThe Interní, that pretty much sums it up. Robert DeNiro plays the 70 year old intern, Iím turning 69 this year.

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    Right now I have the place to myself, kinda eerie. The place the size of a basketball arena, but really quiet. Kinda sad really. There ought to be 20 or so young students here getting their skills developed to join the work force. Where are they?

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    Simple Old School Machining

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    Took my smallest machinist tool box to class, easier to work out of than the loaner tool boxes. Making parts to fix some the lathes, in this case a simple pin that helps drive the lead screw.
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    Chips a flyin. Just like the old days, when I was a young machinist. I think I still got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
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    Took my smallest machinist tool box to class, easier to work out of than the loaner tool boxes. Making parts to fix some the lathes, in this case a simple pin that helps drive the lead screw.
    F8689057-D08D-443E-8161-022030233A51.jpeg
    Chips a flyin. Just like the old days, when I was a young machinist. I think I still got it.
    Just like riding a bicycle - you never really lose it. Good for you! Now get access to a lathe and milling machine and have at it. It is good for the soul!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Just like riding a bicycle - you never really lose it. Good for you! Now get access to a lathe and milling machine and have at it. It is good for the soul!!
    AndÖÖ.massive personal satisfaction in knowing/realizing that when something breaks, ďyou got thisĒ.
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    The Hunt For Red October

    Seems like most of the old machineís have features that are broken or not working correctly. The lathe Iím using is pretty primitive, no digital readouts. So Iím going old school to know how much material Iím removing. Informed Rick the instructor that I would bring my straight plunge indicator mounted on a magnet base. The part Iím making is not that precise, but I like knowing how much material Iím removing. Hadnít used this indicator in years; gotta find it. So the hunt for the indicator mounted on the magnet. After looking everywhere numerous times; found it.
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    Ready for Monday mourning back in the shop.

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    6 called for; 6 made. Now on to the next project.

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    Simple stuff really. But it will gradually get harder.

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    School is closed till Monday; no machine shop time and motorcycle riding.

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    Back in December, I bought some books for a time like this.
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    OK, Iím a plagiarist.

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    Legends Color Swatch

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    I thought the thread needed some color.

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