As I was checking out the Make blog, I saw an interesting entry on building a Multimachine, an all purpose machine shop from scrap components. I thought that was neat and followed a comment recommending another video which led me to technicalvideorental.com. That site is very cool. Lots of how-to videos, including this series of motorcycle related items. But the range of subjects available is a tech guy’s dream: alternative energy, blacksmithing, casting, engraving, gunsmithing, machining and lots more. I have no idea how good the videos are but the Ron Covell video is one sold by many outlets and it’s decent so if the rest are anywhere near that quality, this could be an interesting resource.
As far as the original article goes, it sometimes seems how-to’s like building a multimachine are, in truth, more of an exercise in building a machine as opposed to actually using it when you’re done. Being able to make something like that shows you it isn’t necessary to spend huge sums of money to get the capabilities offered by expensive machines, but having done that, I sometimes wonder how many then go on to make something with the machine they’ve built. Of course, the kind of person that builds one of these is probably exactly the kind of person who would use it, so I guess I answered my own question.