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    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     
    As the topic states, I'm wondering if there would be any intrest in starting a Machining club in Central Florida?
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    What part of Florida would you consider central? I live in Winter Haven.

    Tim
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
     
    I live in Lakeland....what do you think????
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2009
     
    I'm in Tarpon Springs
    • CommentAuthordavid
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2009
     
    I would consider joining in. It doesn’t need to be much, just a few hours at someone’s shop to get together, bring a engine or two, get to know each other and attach a face to a name.
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    I'm in Clearwater
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2009
     
    So far with the places listed the geographical center is somewhere around Thonotosassa. Any interested group members in that area?
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2009
     
    Okay guys,
    I know I'm out in Lakeland, but if there are no members in or near the Thonotosassa area, I open my home to you all and as David stated, it dosen't have to be all that. My machine shop is only a small 10x10 room, but it's not like we have to hang out in the shop the whole time, nor do we always have to meet here. It would be nice though to get something started and get a group of guys together with the same interests.
    Let me know what you all think,
    Ren
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
     
    Ren, many, many thanks for offering up your abode for us to invade for a meeting!


    Lakeland is only about an hour or so from me. I'm in.

    With a week or so to ensure that I have a Saturday freed up, it's no problem for me. Sundays are out, as that's the only day both my wife and I have off.

    The 21st is Father's Day, so the 20th is probably bad timing. I won't have much ready for show-and-tell on the 13th, but I should have some stuff ready by the 20th.

    My only necessity is a pot of black coffee, or maybe some good hot tea with honey.

    Is the 20th a good day for you, Ren? Everybody else?

    It'll be nice to put faces along with names, and see what everybody else is up to.

    Shad H.
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    Count me in, I live between Tampa and Bradenton, I'll be back in September. John Donnelly
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
     
    Shad,
    You stated that "The 21st is Father's Day, so the 20th is probably bad timing. "..
    Then you asked if the 20th was good for me.
    Any time is good for me, as I'd really like to get this thing off the ground.
    I'm okay with the 20th as I home-school and have my two weenies with me all the time (single dad) so everyday is Fathers Day for me. If you guys would like to hold off until July that's okay too.
    Let's just try to get something going here in Central Florida.
    Ren
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
     
    I realized that this morning. I meant to say that I'd have something for show and tell by the 20th, and was thinking the 27th when I typed the 20th. Momentary brain fade, and as usual, causes confusion. My apologies to all.

    A server crash at work yesterday has ruined this weekend for me, but I *should* be free on Saturdays up to July 11th.




    Waiting on others to chime in.

    Thanks!

    Shad H.


    PS - Kudos on the single-dad home schooling! It ain't an easy job, and I respect the heck out of anybody who can pull it off, especially as a single parent!
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    Bump!
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    Thanks for the bump. I've been waiting....There were a couple of "count me in's" that haven't really posted to this.
    I did meet another fellow on an other group who is also interested in joining us, His name is Jim and he's from Pinellas Park.
    Don't know if this will help get the ball rollin' but, here's my phone # guys, aside from Jim and Shad who I know want to move forward with this....
    the rest of you give me a call or post a response.
    I'm usually always home and on those rare occassions I'm not, please leave me a message. Let's get this goin' guys.
    Thanks to all and be well,
    Ren
    863-665-4298
    1874 Crystal Grove Drive
    Lakeland, Florida 33801
    Mapquest my address
    Lets say either the 06/27/09 or 06/28/09 Saturday or Sunday of this month.
    • CommentAuthorJim D
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    I just joined this group. I learned of its existance from Ren.
    I 'm interested in meeting on June 27th.
    Where, and what time?

    Jim
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
     
    Hi guys,
    I'm in Lakeland, Shad's in Tarpon Springs and you Jim are in Pinellas Park. Originally I had opened my home to whoever wanted to come out. The offer is still there, it doesn't matter to me.
    My thinking thought is that if you two guys are on the west coast, it would only be fair of me to do the travelling. I have no problem with either way, let's just "do it"...
    If you guys want to come out to my place, how does 10 a.m. sound on the 27th? My number is listed on my last post, let me know....
    Ren
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    I'll be there. Don't have any engines to bring, but I've got other stuff to bring for Show & Tell.

    Shad H.
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    Okay, I guess it'll be at my place.
    No problem.....see you on the 27 around 10 a.m..

    Ren
    • CommentAuthorJim D
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    That's a week and a half away. But so far you can count me in. I'd like to bring a friend that's just starting in machining. We're working together on a oscilator engine for him.
    Ren, I just googled mapped your address. What color is the roof on your house?
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
     
    Tan. Did you get the directions I sent you??
    Ren
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
     
    Okay guys, I got a call from a gentelman named Paul Clark in Inverness who is interested but finds it too far away to travel to Lakeland.
    How would you guys feel about meeting up in Inverness???
    Ren
    • CommentAuthorJim D
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
     
    Inverness would be OK with me. I used to do some work up there.

    Jim
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2009
     
    What's the address?
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2009
     
    Paul Clark
    663 S. Covelake Terrace
    Inverness, Fl. 34450
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2009
     
    BTW, Pauls phone number is:
    352-344-3516
    • CommentAuthordavid
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
     
    I am glad you are all getting together.
    My present work load does not allow a 5 or 6 hour drive.
    Be sure to post something about what the meeting was like. I hope to join you at some future meeting. It may also inspire others to start a local group.
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      CommentAuthorgphunt
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
     
    I wish there were enough people in the hobby in south westeren Va. to get a group started!
    George
    • CommentAuthorsundog
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    It's a bit further than Lakeland, but shouldn't be a problem. Mapquest says about an hour and a half, which is about right. Takes me 40-45 minutes to get to Hudson, so no problem.

    This darn heat has ruled out my working in the garage. No AC and the fans just don't cut it. I was hoping to have my CNC foam router further along than it is now, but it's just too darn hot to be sweating away out there. I've some bits & pieces, but nothing assembled properly yet. I'll still be bringing some of the electronic "guts" with, maybe inspire some others to pick up a soldering iron.

    Unless something drastic happens at work between now and then, I'll be there.

    Shad H.
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    You know George, They might not be "in the Hobby" right know, but I'd bet that if something like this were offered, you might find a couple of guys who machine, who could get interested in something like this. I really didn't think that there were guys out there who did what we did. I just thought it would be neat for me to "look into it" and guess what I found....There's a whole gang of guys out there who do exactly what I was "thinking" of doing. I never knew that such intrest actually existed, I thought I was "unique" in my thinking. DUH!!
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    Alrighty then,
    We're set for Saturday, 10 am, be there or be square...I'll be bringing my first and upto now, only osillating engine, along with a PM research Mill Engine #3A that I purchased 2 years ago but have not done anything with, and my dividing head and plates so that Fla. Jim can give me a crash course on how to use it. I've also got a rotary table I could bring if anyone wanted me to. Boy this is great. I'm really looking forward to Saturday.
    Ren
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    Shad,
    I know what you're saying and am I glad my shop is in the house. I think it was Monday when I went out to the car and the thermometer was reading 110*. Don't care if it's here or the desert, it's still too hot.
    See ya Saturday...
    Ren
    • CommentAuthorJim D
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2009
     
    I'm looking forward to Saturday. Tomorrow, I've got to Study up on dividing heads so I don't look like a fool.
    I haven't used mine for a while. I have a "6" Harbor freight model, made in India. The Dividing plate assembly doesn't work very well. I just use it as a rotary table. I made an aluminum back plate for it, and mounted a 4" three jaw chuck.
    I'll bring some pictures of the Magic Garage.

    Jim
    • CommentAuthornamonllor
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2009
     
    I've got to say, I had a great time getting to meet you guys and spending some time with you.
    It was magnificantly balanced, educational, light hearted, friendly and that's exactly what I was hoping for.
    It was neat to get to see Pauls engines up close and personal. After lunch, we went back to his place, as he wanted to show me some more of his engines and some books he really recomends for the home machinist. Man, this guy does some really nice work and I hope that someday I can make as engines nicely as he does.
    Jim, and Shad, thanks for the explanation on the use of the dividing head. It was invaluable info and I beleive I've now got a handel on its use. Also Jim, thanks for bringing Roy along, between the both of you, you guys are a rip to be around. Too funny.
    I'm going to give Paul a call later on today to once again thank him for the oppertunity to see his shop and engines and to let him know that we all appreciated his effort. I hope that the next time we meet, whereever it will be, that he finds it in him to join us.
    I've got everyone's contact info so if you want contact and need the information give me a shout and I'll be sure to get it to you.
    Gus, again it was a pleasure and I'm sure we'll be doing this again soon.
    Ren
    • CommentAuthorJim D
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2009 edited
     
    Yes, that was a very enjoyable day. Paul is truly a master with engines. I left there inspired.
    My only negative is that Paul's shop is "TOOOOO" clean. Last night I was out in the "Magic Garage looking for some stock. My shop is a "FEMA" style disaster compared to Paul's!! I subscribe to the "FAFS"method of storage (First available flat surface)
    In the short time we were there, Paul answered a lot of my questions. I feel more confident about tackling a couple of projects, I've been thinking about.
    I look forward to a future get together.
    I would liked to have stayed longer, but Roy's feet give him problems. after a while he gets real crakny!!

    Jim
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    Hello all you Central Florida engine guys. I've been away for a while and missed all the lead up to the get together. I live in Summerfield (Ocala area) and would like to join you if you do this again. If there's a roster, put me on it. Phone is 352-233-8002. I'm retired so anytime, anyplace.

    Jerry
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    I too, would like to be put on a roster for future get togethers. I am also retired and live in Sun City Center, Between Tampa and Brademton. My e-mail is john5701@aol.com, and my Florida phone is 813-633-5505. Be looking forward to hearing from someone.

    John Donnelly
    • CommentAuthorsaintrick
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2009
     
    I would be interested. I live in Leesburg email is saintrick42@yahoo.com
    (352) 323-0796. Rick Malfitano

    Ri
    • CommentAuthormiller
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2009
     
    u know guys you are all lucky that u live in Florida because i live in Salem, Virginia the biggest laccrosse place ever i hate it here. but im from Mt.airy North Carolina-were the show THE ANDIE GRIFFITH SHOW is yep
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    Just a reminder. The Florida Live Steamers Winter Meets will be held at 6 locations around Florida in February.

    ->link<-

    Tim