i could do it all day
December 12, 2012 7:44 AM Subscribe
posted by DU (11 comments total)
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If you like watching other people work, you are going to love the YouTube channels of Myfordboy
, Keith Fenner
and Tubal Cain
Myfordboy (real name unknown) is a UK "model engineer", meaning he makes working scale copies of steam engines, trains and similar machines. He's self-taught and has relatively limited equipment (the classic British Myford lathe, a mill and some woodworking tools), but manages through clever techniques to accomplish quite a lot.
His wordless (except for occasional text) videos reproduce a quiet, zen-like "flow" that many love about a workshop.
If you want a little more explanation behind what you are watching, you might prefer Keith Fenner. Keith is jobbing machinist. Easy-going and likable, Keith takes time even during rush jobs to give explanations of what he's doing and why and to set up nice shots with good lighting and multiple angles. The work he does varies with whatever comes into his shop, which might be as simple as removing some broken bolts (although you'll see that can be more involved than you think) or as complicated as designing a custom tool using a variety of shop skills.
Both of the above have been doing what they do for so long that they don't even think to explain some of the very basics, however. If you want to dig deeper into what these fellows are doing, Tubal Cain, aka Lyle Peterson (previously)
, is a retired 40-years-experience shop teacher becoming known to machinists online for displaying extreme (even excessive) clarity and thoroughness of explanation, with models and diagrams on a wide variety of topics. Some of his most introductory videos are:
All three channels have far, far more than the selection above.