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Benchtop Tools – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 4/28/20

We’re giving one more week before returning to Spoilercast movie discussions, but can announce that the first movie we’ll be watching is the 1976 gangster film Mikey and Nicky. In previewing the film (spoiler-free), we detour into the deep well of movies streaming on the Criterion Channel. We also talk about great films about San Francisco, what we keep on our bookshelves, and the struggle to stay productive at home.

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5 thoughts on “Benchtop Tools – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 4/28/20

  1. I didn’t find myself doing very much to the Sherline lathe to get it accurate out of the box, but I definitely spent a lot of time getting an Aloris quick change tool post working happily with it because I find all of Sherline’s own offerings intensely irritating. All the little hex screws were just too much for me to bear.

    Anyone considering one should definitely spend the extra money on the good 4-jaw chuck. The 3 is just not secure enough to trust. I thought that I would like the jumbo handwheels but it turns out they stick out so much they’re just kind of in the way. One of them jammed up and got stuck on the leadscrew somehow and I wound up having to cut it off. Would not buy those again, but the rest of the ecosystem’s been pretty great.

  2. This is timely! I just bought a used harbor freight mini lathe yesterday.

    On a side note, I hear that French-toasting your leftover pizza (dipping in an egg custard and cooking in a skillet) is super good.

  3. Great podcast guys! Just speaking for myself, I would happily sacrifice sound quality if it meant removing those mics blocking Norm and Will…

  4. I had a walk while listening to the podcast. it’s a treat.

    The lathes mentioned Emco is quality stuff ( from Austria). As Robin Renzetti (machinist extraordinaire.. started out on a unimat) once said: on using small machine you learn a lot as you will actually see it bend under load (something that every machine does) teaching you about mechanical loop and how to cut to a few microns with a machines that bends.

    This is a rare but fascinating machine if you happen to stumble into one (this one was listed in europe)

    A Hommel UW1/Astoba is probably the tool to be able to make pretty much everything using the smallest footprint possible. Portable (35kg) compared to my Myford ML7 but still bloody heavy.


    If that is too big there is allways the mighty file..

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