MACHINE TOOL RESTORATION
If you are just getting into machining and are contemplating doing some restoration on that old mill or lathe you got at auction, turn back now before it is too late for you. What starts out as a quick teardown for cleaning and maybe a lead screw replacement can quickly turn into a multi-year project complete with late nights, an upset spouse and loss of any hope of ever parking in your garage again. When and if it's ever all over you will ask yourself why you didn't just spend a couple extra grand and get a newer machine in the first place. That being said, most of us who have been there and done it would not trade the skills we learned even for a brand new version of the machine we spent so much time rebuilding. I am not going to try to give a tutorial here on what scraping is or how it's done only because there are numerous sources of information on this subject available online from individuals who have far more knowledge and experience than I. The purpose of this site and our products is to fill what I perceived as a hole in the market for scraping tools. I had trouble finding the tools I needed to do the work at volumes and prices I could afford, so I decided that once my rebuild was complete, I would start making them myself.