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    Default Penrith District Home Machinists

    Hi all,
    The PDHM are a group of metal workers that get together for lunch on the second Tuesday of the month at a registered club close to Penrith, Sydney.
    We generally get about 10 attendees.

    Retired machinists, TAFE teachers, TAFE students and interested guys.
    Applications cover general machining, vintage cars, steam boats, vintage machinery and steam railways.

    If you are interested in joining a like-minded group of easy-going guys who do socialize in addition to the lunches, please PM me for details for this Tuesday, 12May.

    John

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    Lunch yesterday was attended by 12 enthusiasts with discussions including:
    - forthcoming purchase of material for a steam loco,
    - imminent champagne launching of a steam launch,
    - cost of rent/buy gas cylinders,
    - recent purchase of a sensitive drill press,
    - moaning about having a very full workshop program but always for someone else,
    - progress in the additive machining field,
    - devious ways to improve drill chuck TIR,
    - endless Australian industry investment being disposed of at auctions,
    - poor advice to a novice from an industrial supplier on suitability of welding equipment for TIG,
    - methods to improve drill chuck retention in the spindle taper,
    - commencement of an indoor N gauge railway for the winter months,
    - bragging about jobs completed on a new large lathe,
    - methods to ensure drills are sharpened correctly,
    - various applications of centre drills, 120 degree spotting drills and 90 degree spotting drills,
    - the clearance sizes necessary to enable the use of commercial counterbore bits,
    - recent addition of a clamping table to a bandsaw for small jobs,
    - etc with several discussions running in parallel during the 2 hour meal.

    We meet again on the second Tuesday in June, the 9th.
    John.

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    Just a reminder that the June lunch will be next week, Tuesday the 9th.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrosteam View Post
    Just a reminder that the June lunch will be next week, Tuesday the 9th.
    John
    Will try and get there this month (finally!!!) John. Will call Steve to get details.

    DH, Nth Richmond

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    The rest of them must be locked in the shed and too busy to check in here John!

    DH

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    If you blocks do anything over a weekend I would come and pick your brains
    BETTER TO HAVE TOOLS YOU DON'T NEED THAN TO NEED TOOLS YOU DON'T HAVE

    Andre

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    The July lunch will be in St Marys on Tuesday the 14th.
    All welcome, PM me for details.

    John.

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    Well its August, so lunch in Penrith on Tuesday 11th.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrosteam View Post
    Well its August, so lunch in Penrith on Tuesday 11th.
    John
    Ready for more "metal cutting" John!! See you there.

    DH

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    The September lunch will be on Tuesday the 8th at noon in St Marys.
    John

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    Lunch for October will be this Tuesday, the 13th, at 1200 h in the Penrith RSL buffet.
    John

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    Lunch in November was at the St Marys Leagues Club with about 12 attendees.
    The December lunch will be at the Penrith RSL buffet at 1200 h tomorrow, 8Dec15.
    John

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    The December lunch was well supported with another local guy joining the group.
    The January lunch will be at St Marys Leagues Club on Tuesday the 12th at 1200 h, meeting in the foyer and then lunching in the buffet.
    John.

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    Lunch in January was attended by 17 people, including one new machinist.

    The February lunch will be on Tuesday the 9th February at the Penrith RSL at 1200 h.

    This notice is a little early because Corin has suggested that we have a combined evening dinner with the 'Knifemakers and blacksmiths meet and greet' on Tuesday 16th February - see the parallel thread with the same title.

    Recently, I met with a few working guys from the Kingswood/Werrington area that are all model live steam engineers at the The Henry Lawson club in Werrington for an evening meal, so an evening get-together as suggested by Corin could be a perfect match.

    I will inform all the chaps on my contact list and discuss the details at our lunch.

    John.

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    What a great Feb. catch-up John. Over the years in your work you meet some great people and then wonder where they are today. What a surprise to meet with Phil B from Faulconbridge yesterday. Another friendly face we always looked forward to having during the 90s at Meadowbank TAFE.

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