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As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time.
It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop.
In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.
We've seen a lot of changes. In March, 4 moderators left to start their own site.
They took some of you with them. So now you have split loyalties. You know who you are.
They didn't like my way of managing this place, and thought they could do better without me.
They didn't. The only thing holding them together is that they hate me.
Their site was down until mid July. That is why I wanted to stay involved on here until they could learn to run this place. But they wanted me to leave right away, without the training part.
Anyway, I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too.
I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation.
I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will.
Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with.
I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons.
Other than that, I don't want to know about this place.
What about the 4 moderators who were disloyal?
I don't care. It isn't my call anymore.
I would think that, rather than fumble, they ought to come back and do good work.
That's up to them. If they want to return to try to lead more members to their site, I am done caring.
I suffered too much aggravation worrying about it. I don't plan to spend any more.
What they do impacts on them. I have my own opinions including those of you who followed them there.
No longer my problem.
I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
Watchmakers truing calipers missing the finger? Where does a finger go and how are they used?
What kind of caliper and for what because it seems to me it was made for some special purpose?
There doesn't seem to be any adjustment on them at all. The little pins in the end look fixed to me?
Might work as thumb cuffs because that's about the size of the holes but no lock?
They have a "bump" almost like a locating pin, on opposite "jaws" on one side and one set of "jaws" have pins protruding from the tips. They seem to be very well made as there is no discernible slop anywhere in them and you can see machining marks across the flat surface on both sides. They look like they where machined with a 1/4" end mill.
yes, Watchmakers Truing Calipers. They are used to make sure that the watch balance is straight. The axel of the balance is held between the bumps and the finger positioned near the balance to visualize deviations. Once you know what the finger looks like, maybe if you are lucky, you will find it in the tool box. Some of these came with a small notched bar for bending the balance. K&D is Kendrick and Davis. You might find some catalog copies on the web.
Ding Ding Ding looks like we have a winner. Watch makers truing calipers it is (I did all kinds of internet searches before asking here and couldn't find anything). I will be seeing Chris next week and I will ask him about his Dad ever doing watch work. I know from what he has told me he was a good machinist and built muzzleloading rifles, lock stock and barrel. I've seen his work on those. Forged all his lock parts and hardware and turned all the screws for all of them. In fact I helped Chris sell the rifling machine his Dad built and am the proud owner of some of the tools he built. Beautiful work. Chris gave me a ton of his stuff for helping him clean out his Dad's garage including a whole tool box full of taps, dies, and reamers. He also gave me a drawer full of new, still in the box files of about every shape and size you could want. I bought the Kennedy box with his machinist tools in it if you want to call $100 buying it. His price not mine. He said he wanted them to go to someone who would enjoy them and use them.