I have been a long time member and a longer time lurker.
I have been collecting tools and equipment over the last five years and I think I am about ready to get started. I may use this as a build log for the buisness structure and such? IDK . But whatever this is I hope it will concrete it more for myself and maybee help me to resolve my short term goals and attitudes and expectations.
I have almost Zero start-up capital. No customer base. Alot of Ideas, no actual products.
I am 36 years old. I have a background in electronics, have been tearing into toys since I could. Computer repair and use, have been using them and repairing them since I was about 12. Mechanical background again tearing down toys as a kid and grandpa and great grand-pa were scrappers and farmers. Took classes in welding and mechanical drafting at 17. Electronics courses at 18. Machining courses at 20 while teaching computers. I have since worked doing alot of alot and have a considerable knowledge base. I think I also have a grasp of my limitations.
OK I do not really have money to do this, but I see no other choice right now. But what I do have should help. That is an uncanny ability to get stuff I need. I also have a decent equipment list.
14x60 gap bed lathe
8x30 harbor freight lathe(in cnc retrofit)
4x5 harbor freight lathe
X2 harbor freight mill
sherline cnc mill
rabbit 40 inch vinyl plotter
2 drill presses
Miller dial arc 250 ac/dc HF tig/stick w water cooler and gas bottles.
daytona 110 mig w gas or flux
horizontal vertical metal band-saw
one inch belt sander
heated 2.5 gallon ultra sonic cleaner
There is more, much more, hand tools and hundreds of endmills, very small to medium.
I was cleaning the new 14x60 lathe that I paid 10 dollars for and decided I could not do everything or plan or even prioritize my meager budget. So I asked a retired machinist friend if he would like to be shop manager for a few hours a day. Paid he understands as the shop makes money. He is in control, just tell me what to do. 30 or 40 years ago I would have placed an add looking for an apprentice to almost work in the shop for free for the cost of learning a true craft and trade, Not the way the world works anymore.
OK I have to go do something, I will post later a few of the other things I have going for us and maybe a few of the things I would like do.
I am sure I will get some feedback on this little ramble and I do look forward to it.