I am a new owner of a fairly large, 12-36” "hobby" lathe. I don’t consider myself a complete beginner but more of a novice in “lathing skills”. I’ve made a few precision parts for myself that turned out great. I also did some lathe work very early in my working career decades ago. I am looking to gain experience and to have some fun with my new machine so…. for a limited time, am offering my machining services (time and machine) at no cost for not-to-complex projects. Simply provide me your materials, pay shipping costs and provide me with a 2-D sketch of what you want and if I think it’s within my abilities and I have the tooling, I will make it for you. Keep in mind that I am a novice and I may need to decline a job if I don’t think I can do it properly.
I want to work with mild steels, maybe some 1144 Stress Proof, soft, non-ferrous metals and Delrin type plastics for now. No Titanium or other exotic metals. Metal and plastic sleeves, bushings, bulb adapters, maybe some heatsinks come to mind off the top of my head as examples but I’m open to anything.
This is a manual machine so I cannot make curved or rounded parts and I prefer not to do any boring out of any lights. I don’t want to have to replace someone’s light that I may screw up. So generally, if you need a part made from raw materials, make a post. If you want me to modify something that has significant value, go ahead and post but I will be cautious in accepting a job where I might damage your “whatever it might be”.
ADDED: I prefer to make a quantity of one of whatever it might be. I want to try many different projects - and not get real good at one. Maybe two if I have to.
I’ll consider requests in the order posted. If this takes off, I’ll modify conditions and terms as needed.
A short Arc bulb adapter I made