A friend's Uncle's machine shop

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One of my best friends since 17 yrs old & met as a college freshman, has an Uncle that owns a 600 farm in OH.
He's quite the character & has plenty of equipment to near do anything it seems.
After a 2 hour trip (stopping for story telling along the way) on a big 4 person Honda ATV looking at the 4 ponds he created on the property & trails through the woods & trees planted (of whom deer are the big enemy eat the tops off, killing them), we went into the machine shop after supper.

It was amazing to see a dozen pieces of equipment with 4 different kinds of ways of cutting metal depending on how hot you needed with more than one plasma cutters (if that is even the correct term).
I took a few pics since some of you know what they are & could appreciate them (all over my head).
I didn't even take pics of the welding equipment or the cutting equipment.

He used to make rifle barrels with the longer version of this.
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It can calibrate to a 10,000nths (if I understood correctly).
He has made AR lowers with this.
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His grandsons needed something to make knives with, so he put this together for them.
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I wish I had the means, space and knowledge to have and utilize tools like that. The home built trip hammer is a brilliant piece of engineering and design.
I know.
And he put it all together with things he had sitting around the shop just for his 14-year-old and 16-year-old grandsons to make knives with, ha ha!

He’s got a couple of older grandsons that are studying engineering
&
in his eyes are marvels in their genius like any granddad would think.

But, they grew up in his shop, making stuff and fooling around with different pieces & levels of equipment, gaining valuable practical experience in application.

My dad had a huge shed full of tools along with the basement.
His rule was to buy one tool for a week after payday.

I was a 14-year-old “expert” in concrete work and threading pipe and laying down gas lines, sewer lines and water lines on our 3 acres.

All against my will of course.
I would rather be down the road a mile playing basketball in the neighbors barn, ha ha!
Or, sneaking off to the swimming hole a mile up the road.
 
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