Message from @Gaius Mucius Scaevola

Discord ID: 353103291602829312

2017-07-29 08:12:18 UTC  

I've only done manual welding so far. I haven't taken any CNC classes yet

2017-07-30 20:09:40 UTC  

SMAW, GMAW, GTAW welder, CNC machinist, Certified Solidworks Associate here.

2017-07-30 20:11:49 UTC  

Looking to make knives, if anyone is in VA I will soon have access to full manual machine shop and woodworking shop through a family member. Interested in blacksmithing and knife-making. Have many contacts at job/fab shops nationwide.

2017-07-30 20:15:08 UTC  

Some cufflinks I made- mild steel, GTAW. Only about a year of experience, but I am retiring from the mil next month so hoping to make this a part time job. Here to help anyway I can.

2017-07-30 22:04:22 UTC  


2017-07-31 01:08:10 UTC

2017-07-31 01:08:43 UTC  

here is a knife I am working on for the lesson section

2017-07-31 01:09:12 UTC  

I'll post what I have done so far later tonight.

2017-07-31 01:22:19 UTC  

Great! Looking forward to it, and thank you for sharing brother.

2017-07-31 17:08:12 UTC  

Do you send out for heat treatment? I really like how you pointed out how much can be done with a $20 angle grinder- extremely useful tool. Mandatory for welders and could be used for locksmithing, too.

2017-07-31 23:58:01 UTC  

I'm going to quench harden and temper the blade myself.

2017-08-01 00:00:32 UTC  

I'm trying to cover the basic tools a goy should have to start. if there is anything else I should cover let me know

2017-08-01 01:55:49 UTC  

Clamps and vices?

2017-08-01 17:13:50 UTC  

Aerospace plant in Phoenix is shutting down, lots of CNC gear for auction.

2017-08-09 17:05:20 UTC  

Nice saxon blade btw

2017-08-30 04:18:03 UTC  

The quick rundown on indicating a vise is up. i"ll post somthing on edge finding soon. let me know what else you goys want to see here.

2017-09-01 09:06:10 UTC  

@Deleted User Do you have any advice for a guy in trade school who wants to do custom fabrication someday?

2017-09-01 09:06:21 UTC  

I know that's what I want to do, design and make things

2017-09-01 09:06:25 UTC  

And fabrication is fun.

2017-09-01 17:03:25 UTC  

I would say Finish school, and find a job at a shop so you can get the experience you need then get a small mill and lathe for yourself. My bosses started there business in there garage.

2017-09-18 23:27:18 UTC  

These are great to keep in your tool box. Mine have saved me many times.

2017-09-23 05:03:10 UTC  

I often miss machining. I went to half of a college course and started working at a machine shop setting up Cnc writing some programs and doing qc with cmm. I miss it for sure.

2017-11-12 07:00:13 UTC  

Curious for pins whats your perfered metal to work with I like brass, copper, and steel

2017-11-13 14:34:30 UTC  

I like softer metals for small stuff like that but 303 stainless steel would be stronger and not to much of a headache to work with

2017-12-14 03:33:40 UTC  

I’ve been a machinist for 7 years. It’s a great blue collar trade. Currently I’m making medical devices. If you break your leg, you may be getting one of my products.

2017-12-17 00:30:19 UTC  

I'm currently in technical training for manual machining and CNC and I'm loving it. Need to find a lathe to get for the basement

2018-01-29 22:54:28 UTC  

hey guys i'm looking to switch up current career choices, any input regarding machining?

2018-01-29 22:57:35 UTC  

@Felden - CO any advice since you've got some experience?

2018-01-29 23:41:04 UTC  

@Goose I went to school for machining and quit after the first year for an apprenticeship position. I did Cnc setup and programming for about 3 years before I quit. I loved it and the only reason I quit was because my wife was pregnant and I was working 3rd shift with not many possibility to get 1st for a long time. I regret that decision often as I really enjoyed the work. It is very satisfying work that is not to hard and you're not stuck in a cubical every day. There are many different types of employment opportunities and different types of positions you can choose from within the field.

2018-01-30 00:36:14 UTC  

@Goose I’ve not done any school for my position. I did it the old fashion way of starting on super basic machines turning knobs and dials.

2018-01-30 00:37:36 UTC  

I know the next step in my professional development is to learn master cam and/or solid works. A lot of places want machinists that can run production and also program.

2018-01-30 00:39:11 UTC  

My shop hires people with zero experience. They put them on some basic stuff, like checking simple dimensions. And for me coming to this shop, I had to learn how to run these new high speed Haas machines. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos to become aquatinted with my new position.

2018-01-30 00:39:50 UTC  

Also, having some knowledge of advanced math does help, but it isn’t super required since we all carry super computers in our pockets (smart phones).

2018-02-02 03:13:03 UTC  

Hey guys I got a weird question...
I really enjoy collecting scrap to recycle, but recently I came across 2- 4' long railroad tracks.
Rather than sell them for scrap, I've seen people turn them into anvils and was wondering if anyone knew a way to "put them on the market" for a blacksmith.

2018-02-02 13:54:21 UTC  

I would say craigslist. Or if you have a "regular" Facebook you could find a blacksmith group or post them on Facebook marketplace.

2018-02-02 23:37:36 UTC  

@JesseJames thanks man

2018-02-02 23:40:33 UTC  

Look for farriers too. @Goose

2018-02-02 23:49:56 UTC  

Rail track steel is premium steel.