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post #1 of 10 Old 11-06-2011, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Broken Banjo update

This was my dilemma



I have to start this thread with a huge thanks to Jiju1943 now known to me as Ole Jim.
Ole Jim generously responded to my query about my broken banjo by generously offering me one that he no longer uses.

We corresponded and sure enough...I received a gift in the mail....



I was shocked that someone would do this.
I must say...a little overwhelmed...
Then again, we all receive gifts from everyone who shares information, experience and knowledge on this forum. You are some good folks.

So today. I won't be listening to nay-sayers and bad news and broken promises.
My faith in fellowship has been revitalized.

Thank you Jim.....see you on the forum

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-08-2011, 12:02 PM
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You are sure welcome TC, I hope it works out for you.

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Hmmmm.... I've see this happen before. (someone has a need, and someone else fills it) It could be catching? Glad all worked out for you.

"Dear Lord, lest I continue in my complacent ways, help me to remember that someone died for me today. And if there be war, help me to remember to ask and to answer, 'Am I worth dying for?'"

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... we all receive gifts from everyone who shares information, experience and knowledge on this forum...
Very true -- and I'm pleased to be able to say there are many more forums (fora if you prefer ) just like this one. People help people every minute of every day.

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... My faith in fellowship has been revitalized.
I love it when this happens -- makes it so much easier to tolerate the junk email and internet scams knowing that I witnessed an act of genuine kindness.

(Yeah, jiju -- talking about you )

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Very true -- and I'm pleased to be able to say there are many more forums (fora if you prefer ) just like this one. People help people every minute of every day.
I love it when this happens -- makes it so much easier to tolerate the junk email and internet scams knowing that I witnessed an act of genuine kindness.(Yeah, jiju -- talking about you )
...and so it continues.....
I received the banjo from jiju with the understanding that it had a 7/8" hole vs the 1" hole I need for my tool rest.
I called a local machine shop from the Yellow Pages and got "Mac".
Told him what I needed and he said c'mon over. Ring the doorbell 'cuz I'll be in the shop basement.
So I pictured this guy in his cellar with a bunch of old tools and a drill press with a 1" drill bit.

Upon entering the 'basement', I was overhelmed with the equipment in front of me. Everything was CNC and HUGE. The metal lathe had the canopy viewing doors and was 10' long. The "Drill Press" was the size of a walk-in freezer. He had roll-around tool cabinets that looked like something out of a hospital.........in fact he designs and builds laboratory equipment parts.....

I sheepishly showed him what I was working on and he proceeded to clamp it onto the drill press bed, flipped a switch and this huge, robot looking thing, started in motion as the X/Y axis bed automatically centered the hole.

He said ' so you want this bored out 20 thousandths oversized to accept the 1" shaft?....sure....I guess that'll be fine.....

We talked about his business and the economic climate and we compared notes about pricing in the market. "I can't believe Plumbers get $85/hr and people have trouble paying me $150/hr.....

What have I gotten into??????

The robot drill press did it's precision cutting with the ease and grace of something you'd see on 'How it's Made'

He undid it from the bed and handed it to me. Perfect......how much do I owe you????

He said 'You don't owe me a thing. I loved the story about the fellow woodturner sending you this banjo (yep that's you again, jiju)

...'and I'd just like to carry on with his generosity'....

I'm speechless ....

I'm headed out this weekend to turn some stuff with my new Banjo.
I'm going to turn a bowl for him......

You can't make this stuff up

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Great story!

Actually a real life experience, not a story. What goes around, comes around sorta thing. bill

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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TC, I am tickled to death that you got the hole drilled, not to mention getting to see that neat machine shop and meet the guy who helped you. The Lord has blessed me abundantly.

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Amazing story TC! I just love it when this happens People helping People, it never hurts to help someone in need.
And a Big Thank You to Mac at the machine shop for his Wonderful Generosity and Camaraderie!
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A big Thanks to Ole Jim who started it all with his kindness to help a fellow turner in this story!
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