Hello to all, as you will gather I'm a new poster to this group.
Enthusiasm, or a mid-40's 'I'm bored' crisis has finally overcome me and I've taken the plunge to start a small model workshop in my garage, so I've just bought a new 10x22 chinese lathe from Chester and a VMC mill from Warco. As the wife & kids are away on a months holiday in Italy I will no doubt have some explaining to do when they arrive home.
I should explain that I have no interest in models, steam engines, trains, or whatever, I just want to be able to generate parts for ideas that I have and make small prototype mould tools.
I qualified as a toolmaker some 25 years ago but this was also the last time I touched a machine tool, so re-learning my (few) skills should prove interesting. No doubt I will make a few small mountains of swarf and break a few tools along the way.
I had joined a couple of the Yahoo! forums to get some background before I found this group, which has the advantage that it is predominantly UK based and has a number of very obviously knowledgeable and skilled people on board.
Reading through the posts on here has been very interesting and I seem to have identified strongly with Kevin's thread about 'workshopping' as a new hobby:) Hopefully in time I will be able to make some amusing, if not useful, posts on here.