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  • valkcapt
    This is just a post script to my prior post.  As suggested by some, I enrolled in a Introductory Lathe/Mill course at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa,
    Message 1 of 22 , Sep 1, 2013
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      This is just a post script to my prior post.  As suggested by some, I enrolled in a Introductory Lathe/Mill course at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.  Now I am taking a more advanced Lathe course.  This has been a wonderful learning experience.  However, the Taig requires different techniques than the big machines at the college, so I sometimes try out the college projects at home to see how to do them on the Taig.  I'm learning a lot. One thing I've found is that, as someone that is basically starting with almost no knowledge about machining, even the basic books were over my head.  What I would have liked to see is a series of easy projects with information on what tools I need to complete each project.  Then I would have liked to know, not only how to do it right, but what mistakes I might try to avoid.  As it is, I read the basic books over and over again, and finally I acquire enough knowledge to understand what I'm being told.   I'm thinking about creating a website geared for the complete newbee on the Taig, with a progressive learning/doing experience.  Then because that could be the blind leading the blind, opening it for feedback from the more experienced Taig machinists on any potential misinformation I provide, or alternative ways to accomplish it.  What I would like is some feedback pn whether the effort is worth it.  Are there enough Taig newbees appearing on the scene each month that this service would be needed?  Or is the target audience so small, or most folks just smarter/more adept at mechanical things than me, so this service isn't needed at all.  If the former, I'm willing to put something together.  If the latter, well I'll just keep on plugging along. In any case, this site has been very helpful. Thank you all, Captvalk (Terry)   --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com, <shawnwoolley@...> wrote: --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , "valkcapt" <valkcapt@...> wrote:
      >
      > Lots of good info but one thing I never read but what are you cutting. There are some materials that cut well on the Taig and some that are a real bear to get a decent surface out of. And if your cutting wood as in pen making cutting tool needs are very different for different woods as are speed requirements. I started out cutting an aluminum that was a nightmare and got very discouraged until I got a different material that cut with so much better results it didn't seem to be the same machine. I also watched a ton of different video's etc and was just feeling worse. I bought a different aluminum and good turning brass and all my problems were over and my parts started looking like the ones in the videos.

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      > Thanks to all for taking the time to respond. I have purchased many books and dvds, some focused on the Taig and some more general, and watched many of the Tubal Cain youtube videos and every Taig youtube I could get my hands on. I've spent hours reading and watching this material. I think, as some of you have hinted, I should be starting on simpler projects, and maybe projects made out of plastic. I'm stepping back and starting over again with this in mind. Also, I am enrolling in the introductory class for the Machine Technology curriculum in the local junior college. I'll get there -- I am just impatient. That's why I was hoping to find someone local to see how he/she uses the Taig. Thanks again.
      >
      > --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , "valkcapt" <valkcapt@> wrote:
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      > > I just purchased a new lathe and a new mill, and a lot of tooling. I have been focusing on the lathe to start with, but have been remarkably unsuccessful at every project I try. Do any members live in Orange County CA or southern LA, who would be willing to show me where I am going wrong, or more importantly, how to do things right? Thanks.
      > >
      >
    • retrosurfer1959
      Boy sounds like you've done it right I learned primarily from two DVD's from a gentleman named Jose Rodriguez if I remember his name right.   Kind
      Message 2 of 22 , Sep 1, 2013
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        Boy sounds like you've done it right I learned primarily from two DVD's from a gentleman named Jose Rodriguez if I remember his name right.   Kind of a monotone voice and lots of single camera handheld shots but he had some great data.   I was never able to find classes until recently until a large Makers Mar moved into the area with a great set of tools and helpful people with a lot of experience.  they've been very helpful i noticed quickly it is very different on a big lathe or mill but I have a Unimat which was my first lathe and needs even different cutting bit designs based on it's much lower speed and lack of power.    --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com, <valkcapt@...> wrote: This is just a post script to my prior post.  As suggested by some, I enrolled in a Introductory Lathe/Mill course at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.  Now I am taking a more advanced Lathe course.  This has been a wonderful learning experience.  However, the Taig requires different techniques than the big machines at the college, so I sometimes try out the college projects at home to see how to do them on the Taig.  I'm learning a lot. One thing I've found is that, as someone that is basically starting with almost no knowledge about machining, even the basic books were over my head.  What I would have liked to see is a series of easy projects with information on what tools I need to complete each project.  Then I would have liked to know, not only how to do it right, but what mistakes I might try to avoid.  As it is, I read the basic books over and over again, and finally I acquire enough knowledge to understand what I'm being told.   I'm thinking about creating a website geared for the complete newbee on the Taig, with a progressive learning/doing experience.  Then because that could be the blind leading the blind, opening it for feedback from the more experienced Taig machinists on any potential misinformation I provide, or alternative ways to accomplish it.  What I would like is some feedback pn whether the effort is worth it.  Are there enough Taig newbees appearing on the scene each month that this service would be needed?  Or is the target audience so small, or most folks just smarter/more adept at mechanical things than me, so this service isn't needed at all.  If the former, I'm willing to put something together.  If the latter, well I'll just keep on plugging along. In any case, this site has been very helpful. Thank you all, Captvalk (Terry)   --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , <shawnwoolley@...> wrote: --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , "valkcapt" <valkcapt@...> wrote:
        >
        > Lots of good info but one thing I never read but what are you cutting. There are some materials that cut well on the Taig and some that are a real bear to get a decent surface out of. And if your cutting wood as in pen making cutting tool needs are very different for different woods as are speed requirements. I started out cutting an aluminum that was a nightmare and got very discouraged until I got a different material that cut with so much better results it didn't seem to be the same machine. I also watched a ton of different video's etc and was just feeling worse. I bought a different aluminum and good turning brass and all my problems were over and my parts started looking like the ones in the videos.

        Sent from my iPad>
        >
        > Thanks to all for taking the time to respond. I have purchased many books and dvds, some focused on the Taig and some more general, and watched many of the Tubal Cain youtube videos and every Taig youtube I could get my hands on. I've spent hours reading and watching this material. I think, as some of you have hinted, I should be starting on simpler projects, and maybe projects made out of plastic. I'm stepping back and starting over again with this in mind. Also, I am enrolling in the introductory class for the Machine Technology curriculum in the local junior college. I'll get there -- I am just impatient. That's why I was hoping to find someone local to see how he/she uses the Taig. Thanks again.
        >
        > --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , "valkcapt" <valkcapt@> wrote:
        > >
        > > I just purchased a new lathe and a new mill, and a lot of tooling. I have been focusing on the lathe to start with, but have been remarkably unsuccessful at every project I try. Do any members live in Orange County CA or southern LA, who would be willing to show me where I am going wrong, or more importantly, how to do things right? Thanks.
        > >
        >
      • ED MAISEY
        Valkcapt,     this is just my own suggestion, I think you would be better off to get into an email communication with a willing person who has many years
        Message 3 of 22 , Sep 1, 2013
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          Valkcapt,

              this is just my own suggestion, I think you would be better off to get into an email communication with a willing person who has many years experience in general machining, and not rely on a multitude of different answers to your questions on how to, because you will be overwhelmed by the suggestions, this will allow you to concentrate on what you need to learn, which is the basics, doesn't matter if the description or advise from that person could be done in several different ways, which is what you will get if the group intervenes, I think you would be better off if you went one on one with an experienced machinist, 

          This suggestion or words of mine are not meant to cause any friction within the group, but only to help solve Valkcapt's problem,
             
           
          ........Edmund.........


          ________________________________
          From: "valkcapt@..." <valkcapt@...>
          To: taigtools@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Sunday, September 1, 2013 1:24 AM
          Subject: [taigtools] RE: Need help in Orange County, CA



           
          This is just a post script to my prior post.  As suggested by some, I enrolled in a Introductory Lathe/Mill course at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.  Now I am taking a more advanced Lathe course.  This has been a wonderful learning experience.  However, the Taig requires different techniques than the big machines at the college, so I sometimes try out the college projects at home to see how to do them on the Taig.  I'm learning a lot. One thing I've found is that, as someone that is basically starting with almost no knowledge about machining, even the basic books were over my head.  What I would have liked to see is a series of easy projects with information on what tools I need to complete each project.  Then I would have liked to know, not only how to do it right, but what mistakes I might try to avoid.  As it is, I read the basic books over and over again, and finally I acquire enough knowledge to understand what I'm being
          told.   I'm thinking about creating a website geared for the complete newbee on the Taig, with a progressive learning/doing experience.  Then because that could be the blind leading the blind, opening it for feedback from the more experienced Taig machinists on any potential misinformation I provide, or alternative ways to accomplish it.  What I would like is some feedback pn whether the effort is worth it.  Are there enough Taig newbees appearing on the scene each month that this service would be needed?  Or is the target audience so small, or most folks just smarter/more adept at mechanical things than me, so this service isn't needed at all.  If the former, I'm willing to put something together.  If the latter, well I'll just keep on plugging along. In any case, this site has been very helpful. Thank you all, Captvalk (Terry)   --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com, <shawnwoolley@...> wrote: --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , "valkcapt"
          <valkcapt@...> wrote:
          >
          > Lots of good info but one thing I never read but what are you cutting. There are some materials that cut well on the Taig and some that are a real bear to get a decent surface out of. And if your cutting wood as in pen making cutting tool needs are very different for different woods as are speed requirements. I started out cutting an aluminum that was a nightmare and got very discouraged until I got a different material that cut with so much better results it didn't seem to be the same machine. I also watched a ton of different video's etc and was just feeling worse. I bought a different aluminum and good turning brass and all my problems were over and my parts started looking like the ones in the videos.

          Sent from my iPad>
          >
          > Thanks to all for taking the time to respond. I have purchased many books and dvds, some focused on the Taig and some more general, and watched many of the Tubal Cain youtube videos and every Taig youtube I could get my hands on. I've spent hours reading and watching this material. I think, as some of you have hinted, I should be starting on simpler projects, and maybe projects made out of plastic. I'm stepping back and starting over again with this in mind. Also, I am enrolling in the introductory class for the Machine Technology curriculum in the local junior college. I'll get there -- I am just impatient. That's why I was hoping to find someone local to see how he/she uses the Taig. Thanks again.
          >
          > --- In taigtools@yahoogroups.com , "valkcapt" <valkcapt@> wrote:
          > >
          > > I just purchased a new lathe and a new mill, and a lot of tooling. I have been focusing on the lathe to start with, but have been remarkably unsuccessful at every project I try. Do any members live in Orange County CA or southern LA, who would be willing to show me where I am going wrong, or more importantly, how to do things right? Thanks.
          > >
          >



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        • steve_fornelius2000
          I d suggest looking at the youtube videos from the India Institute of Technology. I watched two semesters worth of classes in machining and learned a lot.
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            I'd suggest looking at the youtube videos from the India Institute of
            Technology. I watched two semesters worth of classes in machining and learned
            a lot. Free and you can take your own time watching.

            Steve


            In a message dated 9/1/2013 1:14:07 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
            holmes_ca_2000@... writes:




            Valkcapt,

            this is just my own suggestion, I think you would be better off to get
            into an email communication with a willing person who has many years
            experience in general machining, and not rely on a multitude of different answers to
            your questions on how to, because you will be overwhelmed by the
            suggestions, this will allow you to concentrate on what you need to learn, which is
            the basics, doesn't matter if the description or advise from that person
            could be done in several different ways, which is what you will get if the
            group intervenes, I think you would be better off if you went one on one with
            an experienced machinist,

            This suggestion or words of mine are not meant to cause any friction
            within the group, but only to help solve Valkcapt's problem,


            ........Edmund.........

            ________________________________
            From: "_valkcapt@..._ (mailto:valkcapt@...) "
            <_valkcapt@..._ (mailto:valkcapt@...) >
            To: _taigtools@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:taigtools@yahoogroups.com)
            Sent: Sunday, September 1, 2013 1:24 AM
            Subject: [taigtools] RE: Need help in Orange County, CA



            This is just a post script to my prior post. As suggested by some, I
            enrolled in a Introductory Lathe/Mill course at Orange Coast College in Costa
            Mesa, California. Now I am taking a more advanced Lathe course. This has
            been a wonderful learning experience. However, the Taig requires different
            techniques than the big machines at the college, so I sometimes try out the
            college projects at home to see how to do them on the Taig. I'm learning
            a lot. One thing I've found is that, as someone that is basically starting
            with almost no knowledge about machining, even the basic books were over my
            head. What I would have liked to see is a series of easy projects with
            information on what tools I need to complete each project. Then I would have
            liked to know, not only how to do it right, but what mistakes I might try
            to avoid. As it is, I read the basic books over and over again, and
            finally I acquire enough knowledge to understand what I'm being
            told. I'm thinking about creating a website geared for the complete newbee
            on the Taig, with a progressive learning/doing experience. Then because
            that could be the blind leading the blind, opening it for feedback from the
            more experienced Taig machinists on any potential misinformation I provide,
            or alternative ways to accomplish it. What I would like is some feedback
            pn whether the effort is worth it. Are there enough Taig newbees appearing
            on the scene each month that this service would be needed? Or is the
            target audience so small, or most folks just smarter/more adept at mechanical
            things than me, so this service isn't needed at all. If the former, I'm
            willing to put something together. If the latter, well I'll just keep on
            plugging along. In any case, this site has been very helpful. Thank you all,
            Captvalk (Terry) --- In _taigtools@yahoogroups.com_
            (mailto:taigtools@yahoogroups.com) , <shawnwoolley@...> wrote: --- In _taigtools@yahoogroups.com_
            (mailto:taigtools@yahoogroups.com) , "valkcapt"
            <valkcapt@...> wrote:
            >
            > Lots of good info but one thing I never read but what are you cutting.
            There are some materials that cut well on the Taig and some that are a real
            bear to get a decent surface out of. And if your cutting wood as in pen
            making cutting tool needs are very different for different woods as are speed
            requirements. I started out cutting an aluminum that was a nightmare and
            got very discouraged until I got a different material that cut with so much
            better results it didn't seem to be the same machine. I also watched a ton
            of different video's etc and was just feeling worse. I bought a different
            aluminum and good turning brass and all my problems were over and my parts
            started looking like the ones in the videos.

            Sent from my iPad>
            >
            > Thanks to all for taking the time to respond. I have purchased many
            books and dvds, some focused on the Taig and some more general, and watched
            many of the Tubal Cain youtube videos and every Taig youtube I could get my
            hands on. I've spent hours reading and watching this material. I think, as
            some of you have hinted, I should be starting on simpler projects, and maybe
            projects made out of plastic. I'm stepping back and starting over again
            with this in mind. Also, I am enrolling in the introductory class for the
            Machine Technology curriculum in the local junior college. I'll get there -- I
            am just impatient. That's why I was hoping to find someone local to see how
            he/she uses the Taig. Thanks again.
            >
            > --- In _taigtools@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:taigtools@yahoogroups.com) ,
            "valkcapt" <valkcapt@> wrote:
            > >
            > > I just purchased a new lathe and a new mill, and a lot of tooling. I
            have been focusing on the lathe to start with, but have been remarkably
            unsuccessful at every project I try. Do any members live in Orange County CA or
            southern LA, who would be willing to show me where I am going wrong, or
            more importantly, how to do things right? Thanks.
            > >
            >

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