Hey, I'm in Avonmore here in Edmonton. I wrote about myself in the intro area, but I'm a machinist and enjoy TIG welding and motorcycles. I'd be up for some Edmonton meets at some point. Any photos of the stuff you've done so far? Let's see your shop!
That's super-nice of you, John! I'm lucky enough to be able to use the machines at work on days off when I need to, but I'd love to come by and see your set-up sometime. Maybe when Stephan needs to machine something we can all meet up for a coffee. Cheers!
Darrel here in Sherwood Park. I have a lathe but also a friend with the machine job . I like the metal work for motorcyclesand whatever else it is all cool. I love the look of aluminum that I polished myself. I'm interested in good sources of metal because I am cheap . i'm interested to see other peoples projects and techniques and especially where you source of your stuff locally. I am also looking to get into metal etching, build a bead roller and a slip roller. If only for the time.
I'm in the process of finishing off the garage/shop renovation that I started in the fall, while also taking the NAIT evening machinist intro courses. When the garage is done, I'll have a heated and insulated work space for the machines, and when I'm finished this program I'll have a better skill-set with which to utilize those machines.
Phil Stagg is the NAIT instructor for this program, and he's a fantastic instructor and a decent guy. I recommend the program highly for novices interested in machining as a hobby or as a career.
Just going to tag @skogg in here, since he's new to the site and from Edmonton.
I'd be able to meet up sometime this weekend if anyone's interested in grabbing a coffee or a beer.
Edit: Also, I haven't taken the intro to machining, but I'll be going into my 4th year of the machining program in January, and I will say that most of the instructors really know their stuff. Also, since they won't be bound by apprenticeship BS (having to teach for the tests and using crappy modules) I bet it would be a great course.
This NAIT program is module based, but it's not test oriented, so Phil uses some discretion on what he chooses to emphasise. For instance, on the lathe, we can all hit a diameter to +/- 0.002" now, and I can hit it to 0.0005" consistently, by using a Phil-trick he taught us.
It's a 4 course program with Mech 101/105 (hand tools/lathe) in the fall, and 111/115 (mill/threading) after New Year.
The class is a fun mix of youngsters and old farts, being taught by an irreverent Newfie. Good times!
And Eric, give Len Runzer some grief and tell him it's from me
Haha I don't trust most of the Journeymen I've worked with to hold a +/- 0.002" tolerance on a manual! (Sadly I'm honestly not joking, they usually can't even do it on an NC) You may have to show me this Phil-trick. So far in my apprenticeship I've had Dan Foley, Chris Woods, and Ralph Tarnasky for second year, and Randy Duke, Michael Krauthahn, and Peter Ruddy for third year. (Challenged first year) So I'm not sure who Phil and Len are, but if I meet Len I'll do my best for you.