Shop Light Upgrade & T12 Phase Out

 

I have about a dozen 4-foot fluorescent shop lights in my basement and garage.  They’re all hanging from chains and plugged into ceiling-mounted electrical outlets that are controlled by wall-mounted switches.  They frequently have to be replaced because the cheap magnetic T12 ballasts in them go bad.  On my last trip to buy a replacement I learned something I didn’t know and you may not either. … Read the rest

Art Dick, Machinist

I really liked the video about Neil Youngberg that I posted a little while ago and I think many of you did too.  This one about Art Dick is similar because it shows another craftsman doing his job and it also has beautiful cinematography.  You almost can’t tell that it’s a commercial. … Read the rest

Video: Making a tailstock dial indicator stop

This short video shows you how to make a dial indicator stop for a Grizzly G0602 lathe that can be easily adapted to other lathes.  The stop is used with a magnetically mounted dial indicator to very accurately measure depth when drilling or boring.

You may find this video worth watching even if you don’t want to make a stop because it shows some unconventional ways you can use a lathe to do milling.… Read the rest

Neil Youngberg “PROFESSIONal”

I’m not going to try to describe what this video is about except to say you may enjoy it if you like working with metal or tools.  I recommend watching it in full-screen if you can.  The cinematography is beautiful.