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You don't need to be a pro to enjoy the pride that comes from creating something perfect and precise -- a home machinist enjoys the challenge and the pride as much as the next guy! It's for you that we have created this great community for home machinists.
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Home Machinists Love to be Precise

TV’s Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor may have moved “MORE POWER!” but genuine home machnists know it’s not about the power – it’s about the precision!

A home machinist is someone who uses a power-driven machine tool such as a lathe or a drill to shape metal. Home machine shops can be a satisfying hobby or a bread-winning profession, but they all involve the careful use of both tools and materials.

As for tools, a lathe and a drill or punch press are essential. A lathe creates sections in circles by rotating a piece of metal being worked on. A drill or punch press is just what it sounds like – it removes metal from a piece in the form of a hole. Other tools in a home machinist’s workshop include saws, grinding tools and milling machines.

Remember how The Tool Man loved restoring cars? Most car restorers – and they’re machinists too – often have excellent home workshops with a wide variety of tools. They may even use some of today’s more advanced machining operations such as electrical discharge, electro-chemical erosion and laser cutting to shape metal work pieces.

Sometimes a home machinist’s intention to work a project ends up with the machinist creating his or her own machine tools and accessories (and yes, there are women who work with machines for fun and profit).

Magazines, books and online forums are excellent ways to get information about home machining. Enthusiasts are eager to share their tips and tricks with one another, especially about their experiences with new technologies and techniques. Magazines and web sites often have operating instructions for tools in case the owner’s manual is missing, along with information about machine tool manufacturers.

A big concern about machine shops is the hazardous chemicals used in the work. For example, the toxic solvent methylene chloride is used to clean the aluminum parts, and should never simply be dumped outside or down a household drain. Home machinists these days must be as scrupulous about safety and pollution as any professional machinist who works in a shop.

Surprisingly, machinists may find themselves working with computers as much as traditional hand tools these days. That’s because more and more, even tools intended for home machinists’ hobbies can have computerized microcontrollers in them, to say nothing of professional tools that are now what’s called “computer numerically controlled” or CNC. Wow, I guess even our oldest hobbies are becoming high tech!

To become a professional machinist, individuals must have a high school diploma and gain machinist training on the job or through a technical school or community college. These days trade unions or manufacturing companies may offer a four-year apprenticeship program. Whatever the training, you should make sure your program meets national standards. In the United States for instance, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills accredits machinist training.

Machinists need to know a lot about mechanical things, such as drafting, algebra and trigonometry in order to draw up plans and read specifications for the projects they’ll create with their machines. Yes, power’s important, but in the end, it’s precision that matters most to dedicated machinists whether they're doing it for a living or for sheer pleasure in their own garage.