CNC Forums and Groups
These are online resources for machinists.
BladeForums: Popular knife making forums.
British Blades: Knife making forum from across the pond.
Candlepower: Who knew making flashlights could be a real hobby?
CarveWright Forum: That Sears CNC carving machine. Some real nice projects in the gallery.
Caswell Metal Finishing Forums: Good info for powder coating, anodizing, polishing, and plating.
General Metalworking Machines also includes the work logs of folks who built CNC machines.
Finishing.Com: Message boards relating to metal finishing–polishing, anodizing, plating, and so on. Industrial grade info here.
Garage Journal: Ideas for a better garage shop.
Home Machinist: Nice little board. Lots of live steam postings as well as some good general machinist stuff.
Home Shop Machinist and Machinist’s Workshop Forums: Forums from the two great magazines. Can be contentious and very off-topic!
Internet Craftsmanship Museum: Run by Sherline, there are some amazing
MadModder: Sort of an HMEM spinoff, but more general subject matter than
MetalIllness: 3PhaseLightbulb’s board.
OffRoadFabNet: Metal fabrication for off-roaders.
OneCNC Users Club: You must be a registered OneCNC owner, but awesome cool stuff!
Practical Machinist: High-end/Professional machinist BBS. Lots of good info, but not always for the economy-minded or beginner!
Rhino 3D Web Support
Welding Web: For welders what Practical Machinist is for machinists–great
Yahoo 7×24 CNC Minilathe Group: Stretched beds and CNC for 7×12
Yahoo 9×20 Lathe Group: Cletus Berkeley’s group. **
Yahoo 9×20 Lathe Group 2: Lots of mods here. **
Yahoo 12×36 Import Lathes Group: For the next size up from the typical
Yahoo Anodizing 101: Good group with lots of info on aluminum anodizing.
Yahoo CAD CAM EDM DRO Group: Recommended by HomeCNC.
Yahoo CNC Hobbyist: Not a very active group, but some interesting
Yahoo CNC Toolkit: 5-axis software and building 5-axis machines.
Yahoo EDM Home Builders: Crazy people building EDM machines at home.
Yahoo Metalworking Hints & Tips Group: Educational material
Yahoo Metalworking Hints & Tips 2 Group: Educational material
Yahoo Mini Lathe Mods: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Attachments,
Yahoo Mini Lathe Mods 2: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Dials,
Yahoo Mini Lathe Mods 3: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Keyways,
Yahoo Mini Lathe Mods 4: Modifications to the mini-lathes. Not much
Yahoo Mini Lathe Mods 5: Modifications to the mini-lathes. All motor
Yahoo Mini-Toolchanger: A CNC tool changer for mini-mills. Outrageous!
Yahoo ModIO: Folks using ModIO from Homann Designs to build control
Yahoo Plasma Cutter Group: Mostly CNC, but a few good tips too.
Yahoo Quorn Cutter Group: Build your own tool cutter–the Quorn
Yahoo Quorn 2 Cutter Group: More info on Quorns and other Tool &
Yahoo Tormach Group: For users of the Tormach CNC mill.
Yahoo X-Series Mills Group: John Stevenson’s Yahoo Group for Sieg X-series mills.
Bay Area Engine Modelers: Group of Model Engineers who meet in Oakland.
Houston Metal Shop Club: Fine group of amateurs with some interesting projects.
Machining and Metalworking at Home: A bunch of usenet archives organized into useful subjects.
Metalwebnews: Some great how-to articles and other resources.
Miller Plasma Cutter Tutorial: Good introduction to selecting and using a plasma cutter.
MIT Quick Intro to Machine Tools: Very cool intro for students who will use the tools in their coursework.
New England Model Engineering Society: An especially good discussion of Shaper restoration here.
South Bay Metalworkers: Santa Clara-based Metalworking Club.
Southern California Home Shop Machinists: Nice project gallery.
VeniceMachine.com: A very cool collective in Sourthern California where folks can go to learn the art of the machinist.
Virtual Machine Shop: An encyclopedic introduction to machinework.
WaterJets.org: Lots of good information on CNC water jet machines.
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