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Holding It All Together (mini documentary)
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Posted on 05/12/2013 1:00:20 PM PDT by Lorianne

Mini doc on Central Texas Tools of Abilene TX, 3 generations of machinists.

7:35


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; History
KEYWORDS: tx

1 posted on 05/12/2013 1:00:20 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

I’ve been by that place many times- it is, indeed, on a lonely street (although just off the main drag). I have to admit that I was shocked to see that they are still running machines off a line shaft- even most antique machines have been refitted with electric motors, as the belting is very dangerous. It was nice to see them using a metal shaper, though- very slow and outmoded tool, but sometimes just the thing for a one-off project.


2 posted on 05/12/2013 1:17:43 PM PDT by TexasBarak (I aim to misbehave!)
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To: WXRGina

Abilene ping


3 posted on 05/12/2013 1:24:27 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: Lorianne

My hometown...


4 posted on 05/12/2013 1:41:17 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Lorianne

60 miles from my front door to that shop.

We have some still functional antiques in our farm workshop too. I can identify with the family. I grew up working with my father repairing farm equipment in our shop. We only worked on our own and neighbors. Some of those neighbor families have been friends for 120+ years.

We branched into the planting seed business. The seed processing building, grain bins and pit scales were built/installed by my family. There is a lot of one of a kind design in them. No blueprints, it was just in my father’s head before we began.

I was away for 25 years, but back since 1995.

My father still does not own a computer, but can cut hips and valleys for a roof with a framing square that will amaze you as to fit. He never set foot on the roof but when the pieces were cut, they fit perfectly when we installed them.


5 posted on 05/12/2013 3:20:38 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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