For the Machinist here, prepare to drool.

For the Machinist here, prepare to drool.

Joined: October 11th, 2014, 3:36 am

January 1st, 2018, 12:51 am #1

Or any real tech-head amongst us. Doc's earlier post about a cool tour of the sunken US Saratoga's Machine shop brought up videos of a modern US Naval Machine shop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-s9jnQlv-8 ). Very interesting. If I had made a better choice some 36 years ago, I'd have a different emblem on my uniform sleeve.
https://sep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-8998832316 ... lass-2.gif

The next video was just over 45 minutes long, and I spent almost the entire time with my jar in my lap. A tour of the University of California, Berkley Labs (37.875246, -122.248638). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmmNRaKpBTI Somethings to look for/note: 17:50-the sign on the wall, 29:14-simple he says!!!, 41:51-proves Machinist Nerds have a real sense of humor.

The third video was a impromtu tour of THE, yes THE, Starrett Factory!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7JqXbm-Nwo I was just a little amazed that they still use very old, but still working screw lathe machines. Many of those machines must be at least 50-60 years old and still working. Probable better then my aging chassis.
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Joined: March 8th, 2004, 11:48 pm

January 1st, 2018, 2:29 am #2

I don't even want to know why your jar was in your lap.
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Joined: October 11th, 2014, 3:36 am

January 1st, 2018, 5:44 am #3

Or any real tech-head amongst us. Doc's earlier post about a cool tour of the sunken US Saratoga's Machine shop brought up videos of a modern US Naval Machine shop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-s9jnQlv-8 ). Very interesting. If I had made a better choice some 36 years ago, I'd have a different emblem on my uniform sleeve.
https://sep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-8998832316 ... lass-2.gif

The next video was just over 45 minutes long, and I spent almost the entire time with my jar in my lap. A tour of the University of California, Berkley Labs (37.875246, -122.248638). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmmNRaKpBTI Somethings to look for/note: 17:50-the sign on the wall, 29:14-simple he says!!!, 41:51-proves Machinist Nerds have a real sense of humor.

The third video was a impromtu tour of THE, yes THE, Starrett Factory!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7JqXbm-Nwo I was just a little amazed that they still use very old, but still working screw lathe machines. Many of those machines must be at least 50-60 years old and still working. Probable better then my aging chassis.
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Joined: November 2nd, 2015, 3:29 am

January 1st, 2018, 5:34 pm #4

I don't even want to know why your jar was in your lap.
like a cookie jar.
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Joined: November 30th, 2014, 1:36 am

January 1st, 2018, 5:35 pm #5

Or any real tech-head amongst us. Doc's earlier post about a cool tour of the sunken US Saratoga's Machine shop brought up videos of a modern US Naval Machine shop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-s9jnQlv-8 ). Very interesting. If I had made a better choice some 36 years ago, I'd have a different emblem on my uniform sleeve.
https://sep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-8998832316 ... lass-2.gif

The next video was just over 45 minutes long, and I spent almost the entire time with my jar in my lap. A tour of the University of California, Berkley Labs (37.875246, -122.248638). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmmNRaKpBTI Somethings to look for/note: 17:50-the sign on the wall, 29:14-simple he says!!!, 41:51-proves Machinist Nerds have a real sense of humor.

The third video was a impromtu tour of THE, yes THE, Starrett Factory!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7JqXbm-Nwo I was just a little amazed that they still use very old, but still working screw lathe machines. Many of those machines must be at least 50-60 years old and still working. Probable better then my aging chassis.
I worked at Sandia National Labs (there's a branch at LLNL) and even with my high clearance a lot of the shop was off limits, and not for safety but for security (maybe some NTK). Beyond that I'm simply amazed that someone could bring in a live camera, bringing a camera into my office building was possible but it would be returned in 1mm chunks after shredding. It wasn't uncommon for someone to lose a cell phone that way.

But humor is not out of bounds - my father's lab at SNL (long before I worked there) had a sign on the door that read "Please Do Not Look Into Laser With Remaining Eye". He got some shit for it from the safety folks but was able to deflect it by saying that folks entering his lad tended to look for the lasers where in all of labs with the ubiquitous "Laser In Use" signs no one bothered.

In the far past there was the crate of toys - all locomotives making whistle sounds and randomly changing direction when hitting a wall. For a couple of weeks you would hear one in the background on a phone call, folks were bringing in batteries to restart the dead ones. So far as I know they never identified the guy who brought them in.

Not sure how many other stories I could tell, some of them might indicate that some took things somewhat frivolously. Some have been told - (launching a manhole cover into outer space {but that really didn't happen}), etc. but I'm sure a lot can't be. It sucks when a lot of your best bar stories require a clearance check of the listeners beforehand.
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Joined: October 1st, 2014, 8:46 pm

January 2nd, 2018, 1:41 am #6

We built some electronics controllers, but i can't remember what they were for.
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Joined: February 2nd, 2015, 4:36 pm

January 2nd, 2018, 12:25 pm #7

Damn right, you can't.

Please look at this flashy thing for a second.
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Joined: September 12th, 2014, 3:32 am

January 2nd, 2018, 5:05 pm #8

I don't remember that. I thought it was a weather balloon reflection...
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

January 3rd, 2018, 7:03 pm #9

like a cookie jar.
I find the image of his jaw detaching and falling into his lap is rather disturbing.
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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