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Impressive Workshop in Germany

Young student with some great skills & ideas

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William Howcroft14/04/2019 11:58:33
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Edited By JasonB on 14/04/2019 12:21:23

Edited By JasonB on 14/04/2019 12:22:09

John McNamara14/04/2019 13:30:53
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Very impressive,

Check out the 3D printer mechanism near the end of the video.

IanT14/04/2019 13:51:40
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I let my Grandson into my Shed yesterday as I needed to find something and he was with me. He asked me where I'd got all my "Junk" from....

After watching this video - I am even more depressed...


Speedy Builder514/04/2019 14:04:39
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Notice the vernier height gauges next to the cutter grinder station !

Mick B114/04/2019 14:21:31
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Posted by IanT on 14/04/2019 13:51:40:

I let my Grandson into my Shed yesterday as I needed to find something and he was with me. He asked me where I'd got all my "Junk" from....

After watching this video - I am even more depressed...


Well, I dunno. He obviously has plenty of time to polish his machines and tidy his shop.

I'd like to see what he actually makes, though... dont know

DMB14/04/2019 16:08:18
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Is he a tool salesman?

JasonB14/04/2019 16:57:32
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Maybe his next workshop item could be a set of boots rather than walk about in his sockssurprise

Mick B114/04/2019 17:07:26
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Posted by JasonB on 14/04/2019 16:57:32:

Maybe his next workshop item could be a set of boots rather than walk about in his sockssurprise

I never noticed that! Obviously quite confident there's no swarf about...

Joseph Noci 114/04/2019 17:17:19
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Well, I dunno. He obviously has plenty of time to polish his machines and tidy his shop.

I'd like to see what he actually makes, though...


Is he a tool salesman?

Mmmm . Sour Grapes...


Mick B114/04/2019 17:27:53
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Posted by Joseph Noci 1 on 14/04/2019 17:17:19:


Mmmm . Sour Grapes...


Oh, I don't think so. I doubt that owning all that stuff would give me the capability to do a lot more than I do now.

Plasma14/04/2019 17:30:31
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Looks like he makes money!

Must have a lot of the folding stuff to finance such a shop.

Best of luck to the lad if he is good at computermibob, plastic jiggery pokerey.

Ron Laden14/04/2019 17:42:52
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Well he certainly does not come over as a "look at me" type, quite modest and pleasant in fact and he does have some very nice kit, despite having no boots.

His workshop however is not as nice as mine but there you go, you cant have everything....devil

jimmy b14/04/2019 19:21:08
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I'd have cleaned up the workshop and cleaned the machines, if John was coming to film me!

Sour grapes indeed!!


Bazyle14/04/2019 20:13:16
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He does appear to have made the hydraulic test rig and switch and of course all that bigger printer. I think some of the machines were his reconditioning projects too so there is maybe 10-15k in there probably over a few years. We adults would have to cost in the actual premises which is presumably his parents place.

Now when you come to think there are hundreds of thousands of UK households with incomes of >100k who spend 5k a year on holidays, boats, school fees, toys, cars for their elder kids then actually this is pretty trivial financially just better directed.

edit : google just gave me this "Survey claims a raft of high-earners and that nearly 50,000 make over a £1m. More than 1.2million people are earning over £100,000 a year, if a new survey of reported incomes is accurate" So there will be about 1000 children of equivalent age with million earning parents and 20,000 with >100k parents so sadly a vast number are losing the opportunity to set up a place like this.

Edited By Bazyle on 14/04/2019 20:20:38

DMB14/04/2019 21:27:18
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Sour grapes? Nah! not really. I just don't need all that stuff to do what I want to do. Another thing, his mastery of English is far better than my German. All in all, he seems a lot cleverer than me and I wish him luck.

Andrew Evans14/04/2019 23:13:15
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He must be working full-on to achieve all that and be a full time engineering student. The refurbishment and improvements of those machine tools looks first class, they all look better than new.

Peter F14/04/2019 23:39:57
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Why do people scorn at someone who likes to keep their tools/work space and machines clean? is being untidy and creating unsafe work space good? taking ages to find things because you're unorganized?

If you'd watched his video it explains he sleeved the quill bore of his Chinese mill with a bronze sleeve because it had half a millimeter of play when extended, which is pretty terrible, my Flott drill press doesn't even have that much play, he also hand scraped all the ways turning it in to good little machine, I bet there are people 3 times his age on here who haven't undertaken anything like that,

I guess people think differently, some look at his workshop and say I bet he's doing nothing in there because it's so clean and tidy, when I see someone with a pigsty of a workshop I say to myself, I bet they don't do much work in there, how could anyone get anything done in that mess.

John McNamara15/04/2019 01:24:02
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Hi all and especially the doubters.

The link below is to his instagram like blog, it details the workshop tool restorations done and many other inovations.
The machines did not look the way they do now.

Oh! and a warning one of the photos shows him wearing shoes, and beware there is also a broom shown!

If you double click on the images they open up often leading to a set of other images.

I do like the way he has approached a 3D printer design, Not the cobbled up bits of plastic that you see all over the net. I don't have a 3D printer but I am tempted to have a crack along similar lines after the Epoxy Mill project is finished, I am waiting for the bearings and ball screws.

Link: On my machine It loaded slowly over a minute or so the images are high res.



Edited By John McNamara on 15/04/2019 01:37:58

Bill Phinn15/04/2019 02:16:20
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It's rare that people of Theo's age (23?) with such impressive workshops and skills have achieved what they have without considerable parental involvement. It does look as if this is the case here too:

I say this not to detract from Theo's achievements but in order to put them in context, mainly for people like myself who had little or no parental guidance in any of the practical activities they chose to undertake in their youth.

People in my position can easily be demoralised by seeing such a young person with such a well equipped workshop and such an array of practical skills at his fingertips. However, learning how he got there at that age (i.e. thanks in no small part to parental involvement) goes a long way towards explaining why you didn't, and exonerating you (with your sense of self-worth intact, or maybe even heightened) for not having done so.

clogs15/04/2019 07:06:47
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start em young, lucky lad.....

it's just a shame that for most of us we have to have 1 foot in a coffin to have something like that.......

oh, and a smaller shed........hahaha.....

said it before, when my turn comes all my machines will be gifted to a young person who I'll help train....

just to set him up for life......


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