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ex_isp

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My name is Chris Hayes. I took over StevesPages 2 yrs ago after the founder, Steve Ricciadelli passed away. Steve spent 16 years collecting and sorting information on firearms (manuals and exploded diagrams), reloading recipes, training manuals from Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines (everything from how to plumb a toilet to hand to hand combat, to replacing a track on a military tank), historical data, wild game recipes, to name a few.

When Steve died, I could not stand to see the site founder and disappear. Simply way too much valuable information to lose! I already had 25+ years in IT and had built a ground up 50 state Internet service provider biz (hence my handle), so it was an obvious choice. The site will remain for all to access and enjoy. I regularly correspond with people from all over the world about all the topics the site covers. I've even help certain armed forces personnel to develop specific load data for specific weapons in certain applications. I shoot and produce all my own ammo, and enjoy doing so. I am beginning to do product reviews for makers in and related to the sport shooting community.

Now, having left the IT industry, I was looking for something else I would enjoy. That led to knife making. I wanted to make the knives that I thought the big companies should be, but found them falling short of the quality I wanted. And here we are. My knife business needed a new tool... a mill. Seeking guidance on mills (something of which I had no experience with), led me to this forum! And what a forum it is! Good knowledge in lots of areas, and truely nice folks!
I hope I can contribute!!!

http://stevespages.com/
 

ex_isp

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Thank you sir! An absolute pleasure to be here!
 

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Welcome, Chris. There's a lot to learn about milling, and that's because there is so much you can do with a mill. It's a 3 dimensional tool, so it helps if you are a spacial thinker and can visualize 3d solids. It can be a challenge, but you sound like you enjoy challenges.

You're in the right place. We have a mixture of people who have never been within 100 feet of a machine tool, and people who have never been more than 100 feet, or is it 10 feet......anyway, we have everyone here all pulling together to help solve problems and figure out ways to do things. Don't be afraid to ask a question. Any question. There will be no flames. This is officially a 501(c)(3) educational website. We are here to help.
 

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Many thanks Tony! Your statement reflects how I already feel about this place! Good folks with common sense and lots with machine tool experience that I'm certainly low on!
Back in the day (40 yrs ago to 30 yrs ago), I did a lot of oil field work which was not only fascinating, but a very good and broad exposure to BIG stuff. It was up in Wyoming. Wells
up there ran from 12K ft to 20K ft. Big motors, big pumps, big iron! Got my start in heavy equip operation and repair up there which followed me to a small town in NM. Long way
from equip dealers so I made my own tools like pin spanners to tear down British hydraulic cylinders. What? That hose fitting is Wentworth? Make a wrench! lol
Really enjoyed it but knew my body wouldn't handle wrenching and running old dozers with no seat cushions for very long. Jumped into computers and grew to hate them. BIG LOL!

Anywho, I hope I can be of some help here to someone, some place I have experience where someone may not. The heat treating stuff is 2 years new to me so I've gotten pretty good with
10xx series and the O1 steels. Had lots of welding experience back in the equipment days. Rebuilding buckets and blades... pretty big thick stuff. Hardfacing etc... If I don't catch a thread
and it's something I might be able to contribute on, grab me and I'll jump in, in a jiffy. :encourage:

And thanks for the welcome!

Chris
 
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