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Need a little work done 4 months 1 week ago #152

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Greetings, all,

I'm an electronics experimenter in North Orange County and signed-up with this group for some help or advice; you guys do some beautiful work. I have very limited metalworking skills and nothing but a drill press, and need some simple aluminum parts made for a current project, about a dozen in all. A bit of milling, turning, drilling and tapping. Nothing very challenging, but it needs to be very clean, good-looking work as it will be displayed proudly in plain sight. I've got a development budget for this, it's not just a labor of love. I've approached commercial shops, but this is 'nuisance work' for them, and with today's good economy they don't have time or inclination even to quote. If anyone would be interested in helping me, I can email drawings.

Thanks and regards.
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Need a little work done 3 months 2 weeks ago #156

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Hi there, just wondering if you have found a machinist for this project yet? If not give me an email as I could do the work for you.
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Dean
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Need a little work done 3 months 2 weeks ago #157

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Hi, Dean,

Many thanks for getting in touch; wish I'd heard from you a couple of weeks ago. I did find a machinist, a single guy in a storefront shop, in fact, but as soon as he did one piece he took off on a 2-week vacation. He's due back any day now, and I'm going to pin him down about the rest of the job, but this is actually just one more disappointment in my search for quality work over the past few years.

Could you tell me a bit about yourself: where you're located, your shop and its capabilities, and what sort of thing you like to work on? My need is an ongoing one and I'd really like to find someone I can turn to when a project comes up.

Jim
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Need a little work done 3 months 2 weeks ago #158

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Thanks for your reply! Where are you located? What kind of Mill do you have?
I am in Chino area, we race these cars near Rosemead.
Thanks, Rick Democh
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Need a little work done 3 months 2 weeks ago #161

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Hi Jim, I live in New Zealand so the only limiting factor would be the shipping size of items, so anything that's shippable I can make for you. whether its a one off, small run, or larger run amounts no problem. I have a fully fitted out shop but no cnc, never found that a problem though . Have done sub contract machine work for Fontera so there's not much I can't do. I'll upload some photo's of some current machine projects for you to look at. Let me know if there's anything you need.
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Dean

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Need a little work done 3 months 2 weeks ago #163

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Hi, Dean! Wow, I had no idea you were "offshore," as they say. I guess I just assumed from its name that this particular group was strictly locals. The distance makes it a bit difficult to swing by for a chat on how a design might be modified so a part would be easier to make, and shipping charges and hassles with Customs could prove a problem as well. I'd still like to see some photos of your work, however, as I'm still in a bit of a hard spot to get parts made.

I'm working now with a long-time machinist a few miles away. He owns his own shop but is looking to retire. I have yet to see fruits of his labors. He's a sharp old guy and would love to sell-out at a price that even I could afford, but having the tools and being able to use them are two different things. The deeper I get into metalworking the more I like it, but it's not my forté, and at this point in my advancing years I'd rather pay to get the job done than learn how to do it myself.

You've should have some good skiing in New Zealand around this time. Maybe I could fly over, drop off some drawings, ski my butt off for a few days and bring home the parts in my suitcase. Nice dream.
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