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Old 08-13-2009, 09:40:14 PM
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Hey, just wanted to say hi, my name's Connor, im 14 and mostly a steam guy, but also like hit n' miss engines, and all other vintage/antique gas engines. As far as finding large steam engines there very hard to find in "project" condition in California. I got interested in steam engines by small steam engine models and finding out how they work, and building small steam engines from stratch, I just recentley i picked up a small vintage unimat lathe for making small preciesion parts, and i just started learning how to use it for practicing on scrap bar stock and making simple stuff. Anyway, just wanted to say hi!
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:22:06 PM
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cool what area are you located?
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Im located in Santa Rosa, it's about 50 miles north of the golden gate bridge.

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Hi Conner,
Welcome to the Stak! I'm glad to hear you are learning to use a lathe, that is a dying skill in this country. If you haven't already and get a chance you should visit the Golden Gate Live Steamers. They are right up your alley and some of those guys would be a great resource for learning to do machine work. There is no better way to learn than hands on next to a good machinist!Have fun and remember to respect that lathe and wear the proper safety equipment!

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Thanks, My uncle is a journeyman machinest, so if he had the time maybe he could teach me how to use a lathe.
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I'm in Hayward.
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Welcome to the Stak Connor, I think you'll like it here. If you ever come down to the San Diego area, let me know. I'm involved with the Antique Gas and Steam Engine museum, about 30 miles north of S.D.
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Connor:

You are a lucky guy to have gotten a lathe at your advanced years!

Go for it!

I only got started with my own lathe and mill a couple of years ago at age 65.

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