The Most Amazing Home Machinist Shop

I found a good deal through craiglist on a woodworking drum sander.  It was a long trip from Michigan to Indiana to pick it up, but well worth it.  The sander was being sold by a really nice lady whose husband had passed away.  I was surprised to see that his main hobby was machining (my passion as well).  His shop was the most amazing home machinist shop I have ever seen (that includes the web).  As you can see by these photos… he spent quite a bit of money on his hobby, but he was able to pay for it all by doing paid machining jobs. I wish I had known him.  Enjoy!

Huge automated bandsaw, makes my $200 bandsaw look tiny.

I wish I had brought a wide angle lense to get better shots of the shop. I had to use image stitching software to combine multiple images so that I could show complete images of some of the machines.

This chuck was massive!

The amount of tooling and such was astounding to me.

A Fadal VMC 3016 CNC machine.

Okuma LB15 CNC machine.


  1. January 24th, 2011 at 17:19 | #1

    This is amazing. In any developing country this guy’s workshop would be a major industry! What kind of jobs did he do?
    Wish I had known him too. I’ll bet he had so much knowledge to share with us.
    Thanks for posting this.

  2. May 11th, 2012 at 05:07 | #2

    of course amazing, I love cnc machines and cnc workshops, although the machines are old but look amazing. Especially the pic of Chuck make me think my past.

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