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liveaboard wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:09 am
mihit wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:22 pm
"Don't make what you can buy" -
Exactly the opposite of how I do things.
Depends how you value your time I guess. I'd rather be making the things I need, than making the tools to make the jigs to make the machines to make the things I need. I've done enough machining (trade engineer) that it isn't "fun" but a means to an end.
Certainly some things can be made cheaper and easier (I live a long way from a small town - things often aren't even in stock) So while yes, technically I can make a large series twist drill, I'm infinitely more likely to order one and pick it up on my bi-monthly trip through town. Ain't no rush jobs round 'ere.
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mihit wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:02 pm
I've done enough machining <snip> that it isn't "fun" but a means to an end.
I agree. I was in the (commercial) shop for 26 years. I no longer have anything to prove, and run machines simply because they allow me to accomplish the tasks I've created for myself. I can honestly say I do not derive pleasure from the act of machining.
Wise people talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something.
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For me it's mostly about money; I'm happy to buy low priced things but my meager budget means that whatever I buy means something else I can't.
Time I have a lot of, and no one will pay me more than peanuts for it where I live.
Down the road, they're farming them; literally working for peanuts!
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It seems you are doing well by tackling the need and equipment to do it.