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I will get it started:

http://www.hobby-machinist.com

H-M began as my own personal site. This site started out as a place where I could accumulate information for my own hobby needs and then use it when I needed it. You see, when I tried to ask questions in the South Bend forum of another site, I was ridiculed, abused, and quickly shown the door. So I went back there, and started telling people about this place. The abusive ones stayed, and continued to rag on me, some to this day, but many came here and contributed information to help me.
 
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I received the same treatment at that site, but not as HSS. I even had one of their members send me a pm saying the moderator of that forum was later ragging on me. Never went back. I've been here ever since.

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NELSON we thank you for the past, present and future contributions you have made here. this is my "go-to" place and a couple times a day i hit the "new post" button. i could probably add more info in the form of what i have done but i would opt to read others posts. there is never a day goes by that i don't learn something new. the ability to add pictures here has been a major plus, and this site has attracted so many members, its hard to keep up.
I'm here for the long haul, as long as i can still see and use my fingers on the keyboard. :thumbsup:
 
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Thanks very much! This is a GROUP effort. All I do is try to keep the software running.
 

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A huge thanks to you, and all of our moderators! This is truly a FRIENDLY fourm. No garbage like the other guys.

Jake Parker
 

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I give my thanks for your insight Nelson.
For myself machine and tool work as a hobby has been the best hobby by far. Rewarding into many other aspects of life itself.
Here on H-M I too find the atmosphere as a group contribution with
Informative, helpful and respectful knowledge free for the asking or the giving.

Here is to a fun new year in 2015 with lots of new projects and conversations :drink: :drink2:


Merry Christmas or Happy holidays
 
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I too have been ridiculed and driven away from all those "other" popular sites. I even had one site tell me the project I was making was too complicated and I should stick to simpler things. Guess you know , I left there. I went back once and posted a photo of the steady rest they said I couldn't make.

I too started my own site for my projects so I could share them without ridicule, or insults as I had no where else to go and figured " let the interested come to me". Then I found this site and have been here everyday since. I have had most of the stuff from my site moved here for all to share. I still put my projects on my site, but I usually put them here first and use my own site for storage. This forum is the best place on the internet for the home machinist. He can get help and be treated with respect here and never ridiculed. I am thankful to have found this place.

Thank you Nels for starting it, :applause:

Mark Frazier
 
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Mark,

Feel free to post the url if you want so we can visit you.
 

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Thanks Nelson for all your work to get it going. Much appreciated. Yes! IT IS VERY FRIENDLY FORUM. Whenever I have time for some rest from my everyday chores I rush to open The Hobby Machinist Forum. Such a rewarding experience.
Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year. God bless!

Cheers,

Wes
 

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This site is probably the best one out there for our hobby.
I've never been ridiculed here and everyone treats everyone else as they would like to be treated.
All my questions have always been answered with correct information and usually pretty rapidly as well.
I have learnt so much here and on top of that made some awesome friends.
I thank you Nels from the bottom of my heart for setting this awesome forum up.
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I used to be a little active on that site "not to be named" and was ridiculed for misspelling a word and not knowing what trepanning is. I thought you have to be kidding. They seem to be a bunch of prima donnas. They should be pleased that there are non machinist and tool makers that are interested in their trade and be happy and willing to give us advice. Oh well.

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X2 what everyone else has said

I visit here several times a day, now if I could only remember what I read

Thanks to all that contribute

Happy Holidays
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This is by far the nicest forum I've seen in regards to any topic. Everyone here is polite and helpful and I'm not told that my tools aren't good enough (like that other place). Thank you Nelson, you have created a great place to learn and make good friends. I hope (and plan) to learn alot here so I can be as helpful as other members on here.
 

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Thanks, Nels. I'm a newby hobby machinist. Of the bench lathe variety. And apparently a lucky one. I stumbled onto this forum by blind luck and a little help from google about a year and a half ago, before I even ordered my lathe. I visited a couple of other sites and found them to be far less accepting of newbies, to put it mildly, especially those of us with foreign made machines. (I'd be interested to know how many of them drive Toyotas, but that's another story.) Long story longer, I joined here and immediately felt welcome by other newbies and old hands alike (domestic and foreign), including yourself. (Don't take the "old" part of "old hand" literally. Me, I'm an old fart... literally. :)) ). Anyhow, I'm here to stay. Thanks again for putting this place together and holding it together.

Tom
 

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Thanks to Nels and everyone else for the nice site! The group and personalities are what make the difference.

i registered on another site and started browsing threads and within 10 minutes got a bad feeling, kept searching for other web sites and ended up here.

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Mark,

Feel free to post the url if you want so we can visit you.

I never posted my site here because I feel it would be a conflict and maybe even a rule violation. My site is a yahoo group much like the forums I was run off from and I started it before I came here. I don't consider it a forum , but a place to meet, share info, and discuss. Once I came to this site, I had "chuckorlando" go over to mine and move anything he thought worthy of being here over to this site. I still post my stuff on my own site, but usually post it here first. I keep everything I do "stored" on my site so I have a record of my own.

Mark Frazier
 

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I am fairly new here as well, been a member for a little over two years. I visit this sight at least twice a day if I am at home. What I have learned from the folks here is very valuable to me. Never have I worried about posting here even though I knew some of my posts were pretty amateur in comparison.

A super good place to solve problems as well.

Keep up the good work,
Sandia
 

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I am brand new here but not to machining. As a toolmaker for over 40yrs, one thing I learned a long time ago. If someone wants to learn something from you then teach them. If someone thinks they know everything then you will never be able to teach them. And I don't care how long anyone has been machining there is always something to learn. I am still learning.
This sight has given me some ideas that I would never have thought of before. And if I can help someone at all I will.
 

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I am new to machining, but not to making parts. I had need of a decent benchtop lathe to make automotive parts (small stuff like bushings and spacers).

So I don't need to break the bank, I just need something "good enough".

Somewhere along the line, I apparantly had to audacity to post a question on another site about an atlas lathe.

Lordy, the responses! Downright abusive. You'd think I had just asked how to assassinate the Queen!

I mean come on: I don't need a 3000 lb monster and .00001 accuracy to turn out an axle spacer for a motorcycle, nor is it worth that kind of expense or effort. I thought I was stepping up a bit in considering the 10X36 Atlas over the usual 7" Asian imports. But apparently, I was threatening to bring the most ancient and sacred organization of machinists into a complete and utter state of disarray by not encasing my new "toy" in concrete and tossing it into the nearest cold watery abyss!

Google turned up this site. Much better atmosphere and now I'm even thinking about more tooling to try my hand at making other things.

Yup, that "elitist" site pretty much shut me down on wanting to try anything ever again but this site has fanned a small ember and might make it a flame.

I went through the same thing with HAM radio. Seems the "old farts" are more interested in keeping the club doors closed for themselves than bringing in new blood. Funny thing is: that is a sure way to kill something for everyone, including themselves.....cutting thier own throat as it were. So I ended up playing in CB. It's a lot "looser" and things often happen that you have to turn a deaf ear to, but it's far more enjoyable overall and no where near as "uptight" about small things or when someone doesn't know everything already.

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Well I've been here long enough to post my introduction post. What drew me here was looking at some Jet parts and found HB and reading the rules, I was convinced this was going to be a nice site to visit. Many Thanks.... :talktogod:
 

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If you have to have an "ATTITUDE", why not have a good one. You know what they say about "birds of a feather". The plumage is much nicer here. Mike
 

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I have been here for a while now. I tried a couple of other sites and definitely got the cold shoulder when asking questions, This one seems to try and make all welcome. This site is one that I learn something almost every day, and don't get ridiculed about the fact I have a mini lathe and mill. Right now that is all I need, and people understand that and help me figure out my problems.
For that and all the help I have received I say give a hand to this site, and all the moderators. But also to all the users that are willing to help each other even if it is not their normal area.

Again thanks to the site and the moderators for keeping it going.
KVT
 

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I joined the forum to exchange information and ideas.
Not one man knows everything.
Insulting another because his of lack of understanding is childish at best.
Some find it easier, or more amusing, to cause problems rather than lend a hand or share their knowledge.
i find that to be the most disturbing.
I'm glad there is a comfortable place, like we have here, to enjoy and learn about machinery and machining!
 

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Shortly before joining this group, I asked a question on another forum, about the date of manufacture of a Palmgren milling vise. Although I thought there was a large pool of knowledge on this other forum, the only replies I got were opinions that a Palmgren vise is a POS.
I don't mind a little ribbing, but it's very frustrating to be treated like a baffoon, for no reason, and I never got my question answered.
I've been reading where others had a similar experience.

So I would like to thank all the members for the respect that's given here.
 
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Joined the forum a few years back and have really learned a lot from the folks on here. I spend time on it every day and have always been treated respectfully in spite of the fact I am not a professional and ask some dumb questions some time.

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Joined the forum a few years back and have really learned a lot from the folks on here. I spend time on it every day and have always been treated respectfully in spite of the fact I am not a professional and ask some dumb questions some time.

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There are no such things as dumb questions at least not in this trade . Those dumb questions save you time , money and possibly your well being on occasion . I stumbled upon an old cub cadet years and years ago . A 2072 SGT . I spent countless hours on the " Cub " website reading , asking questions and talking with those more experienced in them . It turned into my favorite pastime . I now spend my time searching for DOA cubbies !
 
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