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New Mill & Stuff (Pict Heavy)

December 14 2014 at 1:05 AM

Paul Watts  (Premier Login SpringGunner)
Owner

A couple of months back my mill started giving me some trouble. I was able to buy new gibs and scrape them to fit but the scraping on some of the other parts not replaced weren't really good enough for me to keep the tolerances I was wanting. To be honest the mill was smaller than what I needed for some of the other projects I have had planned for the last several years. So I opted to replace my old mill. After several weeks of waiting for delivery and another setting it up I'm back up and running. Sorry for the delay in getting things out in the last few weeks. Things will start moving along again but my backlog has grown to the point I'm not taking in work for the time being. I'm determined to keep it that way for some time in order to get things under control and get your rifles out the door in a more timely fashion. It will also allow me to start doing some more custom work once my work load is eliminated. I know I've been running silent for some time now so I decided to put up some pictures of some of what has been going on over the last year. I'm ready to close out this year and start fresh. A lot of projects have languished for the better part of ten years. I'm planning on 2015 bringing some new life here. Changing my business strategy from what it has been in the past is going to play a big part in it. I'm really looking forward to doing all those things I've dreamed up over the years but never had time to do them.

Many Thanks,

Paul Watts

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gapi
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Very Nice, Green With Envy

December 14 2014, 12:02 PM 

I have to go to work to use mine.

I call it mine because the previous CEO ended the machine shop department. He's gone now and they hired me into their maintenance dept.
I pulled the shop out of mothballs and I am in the process of resurrecting it all.

We have the same mill but not new. Those are like tanks and last forever. We also have a SUPERMAX Mill, A Victor tool maker 1640 lathe, and a DooAll Surface Grinder are the major players.

You are blessed. To have that at home generating an income doing something you love making others happy is a rare and wonderful thing.







 
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Paul Watts
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Re: Very Nice, Green With Envy

December 16 2014, 9:00 AM 

Sound like you have solid equipment to get things going. I'd really like to have a surface grinder on hand but the amount I'd use it just doesn't justify the outlay.

I'm glad to be able to do what I do. It's tempered by the fact that so many people want to get into it and try and go head to head with me with little to no investment. It's why I'm more or less changing gears to other avenues.

Many Thanks,

Paul

 
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FourRings
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SpringGunning Customers

Congrats! Gotta love machine tool porn

December 18 2014, 11:31 AM 

I'm looking forward to learning more about your 2015 plans/projects.

 
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kevin
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The new mill looks terrific!

December 18 2014, 8:40 PM 

Sure looks like you got your money's worth out of the one you retired.

2015 sounds very exciting for you. I wish you the very best. A new direction is invigorating! Hope you take some time for yourself and family this holiday season. Looking forward to talking with you next year.

 
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A Campbell
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Re: New Mill & Stuff (Pict Heavy)

December 22 2014, 12:37 AM 

My on the job shop. There is a Powermatic drill press out of view on the right.
Just getting her into shape. You should have seen it wen I first walked in.

All the machines are sound. That old DoAll surface grinder was a trip to get to know but when that happened it was joy.
I am having al kinds of fun digging into the old cabinets finding all kinds of forgotten tooling.

Individuals were prying the locks at night trying to use the shop. More like trying to get hurt. We found a radius cutting bit still in the mill they were trying to mill with, blue and molten.

My first recommendation was a 1/4 steel plate over the door striker plate and a card reader system is in route. All she needs is love.

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Paul Watts
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Re: New Mill &amp; Stuff (Pict Heavy)

December 22 2014, 9:13 AM 

Looks like you can most likely find everything, unlike my shop wink.gif

Looks really nice.

Paul

 
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Jack Sowell
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Thanks for the report, Paul

December 24 2014, 8:45 AM 

Glad to hear things are working out. There was a project you told me about a couple of years ago (at the Arkansas show IIRC) that I am still very interested in. I hope that you'll have time to devote to that project later next year. I hope I'm not being too obscure.
I will be keeping in touch, and hope to see you at a show (or two) next year. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas!
Best wishes to you and yours,
Jack
Why can't I be different and unusual.....like everybody else?

 
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Paul Watts
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Re: Thanks for the report, Paul

December 26 2014, 5:44 PM 

Yes it's the same project that has been on the back burner for several years sad.gif

I have a mental short list of those who would be interested and you're on it wink.gif

I'm definitely planning on making it to some shows this year. I've been MIA for a couple of years now and hope to make it back into the scene. I'll be good to see everyone again.

Merry Christmas,

Paul

 
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Jack Sowell
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Great news!

December 27 2014, 9:05 AM 

Sure looking forward to seeing you. Tentatively scheduling Arkansas, definitely scheduling Hickory, maybe a couple of others if all goes well and everyone stays well.
Happy New Year, my friend,
Jack
Why can't I be different and unusual.....like everybody else?

 
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