I expect a malleting

I expect a malleting

Joined: September 11th, 2014, 5:58 pm

June 12th, 2018, 3:21 pm #1

If someone tried this one on Doc?
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Joined: June 2nd, 2015, 3:34 am

June 12th, 2018, 4:48 pm #2

Late 1990s the company I was at had an extensive toolroom to support the injection-molding business.    Back then they were working three shifts to build and maintain molds for us.

I was in back giving one of the toolmakers The Business over a mold that had the wrong inserts for a given job.    That was my job,  giving them the business over stuff like that.

He was taking his medicine as he should when a fairly new worker comes up to him,  the file he was working on that said "talk to lead hand about reamer setup."    So listening in I learned that this was an ultra-premium Parlec Reamer with a very very special toolholder and it was accurate to one trillionth of an atomic-cunt-hair and cost more than most people made in a year.

Lead hand set it up and being the curious but CNC savvy monkey I am I watched him install it and he taught me a few things about reamer setup and CNC reaming at speed and all that.

He went in to the office to deal with office-type stuff after setting up the tool.   I looked at the new worker,  he looked at me.   I went to my lunch-box,  got a carrot out.     We removed the tool,  put it back in it's special nitrogen-doped atmospherically-controlled thermally-regulated storage box (plastic sleeve and cardboard box) -- and grabbed a regular toolholder and installed the carrot. 

Lead hand came out,  started the mill up,  it went through it's cycle.    He explained what each step was doing,  and how they all worked together to make a part...   Then he said "this is that really expensive tool, now watch how it works.

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Folks I can't repeat those words.      Not because I am adverse to swearing,  no.  I love to cuss.    But simply because the timing intensity and shear volume of the cussing defies my ability to replicate.   Everyone knew exactly what happened,  because everyone saw me do it.   Everyone knew what happened but no one saw a damn thing and there was so much "I don't know, are you sure you grabbed the right tool?" it was HILARIOUS.

Best part is, no one got in trouble.   We all had a great laugh over it,  I told him that he needed to work on paying attention as this is how my mold ended up configured wrong.   Detail detail.   When he calmed down he realized he'd been had,  and as far as I know still works there today.   I worked with him for over 15 years,  great times.  

The great Carrot Reamer incident came up in conversation a few times in the context of "attention to detail."

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Oh and for the record,  I stayed over to help clean out the sump on the mill that day.  Simply because we all know that it would have stank up the shop eventually.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

June 12th, 2018, 5:00 pm #3

I've never worked in a shop wherein other people could play a prank on me (hard to pull a prank on the other guy in a one-man shop 😁 ) but the one I heard a while back from the old hands was to take a chunk of 1/2" key stock (soft steel), surface grind it, then grind a perfect, sharp lathe cutting tip on it, and either leave it where the sap can eventually use it, or replace the tool in his machine with it.

Obviously this one dates back to the days when shops still used bars of HSS as cutters in lathes.

Of course the tip would last less than half a revolution once in contact with the work.

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Joined: November 17th, 2014, 11:09 am

June 12th, 2018, 5:57 pm #4

Back when I was still in high school or well, around there, and was learning carpentry, most of us used steel-toed clogs in the workshop...  
And one of the guys always left his clogs on the floor next to his locker instead of locking them in. 
One day one of the other guys glued them to the floor.
The guy stepped into them, then walked towards the sink... or tried to...  

Another classic was the hand planes. 
The cutting blade is two parts, held together with a screw, and locked in place by a metal wedge. 
If you're not careful with the detail, you won't notice that the sharp part of the blade is missing...  

The teacher never heard about the first incident, and in the second he was more concerned about hether or not the blade had been stored safely or not. It takes time to grind a proper edge after all. 
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Joined: August 16th, 2016, 11:47 am

June 12th, 2018, 6:37 pm #5

Best story I ever heard was a sales guy watching an electronics tech use heat shrink.

Sales guy is impressed, ET says "You ought to see it expand. All you have to do is turn it inside out." Hands him a 6 inch length of 1/8 inch shrink and says "Give it a try." Sales guy struggled but got it inside out. Hit it with heat. Shrinks. Goes to ET, announced his displeasure.
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Joined: September 19th, 2014, 6:28 am

June 12th, 2018, 7:16 pm #6

One time we pranked a sales guy at a supplier by including a "henway" in the list of items. The salesman looks at us and asks "What the hell's a henway?"

I just grin and reply "Oh, three or four pounds, I reckon!"
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

June 12th, 2018, 8:12 pm #7

Anybody ever get sent to the hardware store to get a metric adjustable wrench? All I could ever find were marked in inches.
If it ain't broke, I'll fix it!
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Joined: September 11th, 2014, 5:58 pm

June 12th, 2018, 8:21 pm #8

*looks at her 55mm AJ* What's weird about a metric one?
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:05 pm

June 12th, 2018, 8:32 pm #9

ChloeRed wrote: *looks at her 55mm AJ* What's weird about a metric one?
They don't sell them in Podunk Center, Ohio.
If it ain't broke, I'll fix it!
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Joined: September 12th, 2014, 3:32 am

June 12th, 2018, 10:37 pm #10

My old boss at [ISP] pranked me shortly after I started by having me call all our suppliers and ask for a ladder rack bender. (having called them previously and primed them, of course.)  the first supplier had a good laugh at my expense, although it kind of backfired when I had called the general sales number for greybar and got some poor sales guy on the line who did think they sold one and had to ask around. 
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