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Shop Tour: Jim Schroeder Shows Us Around His Metalworking Shop!

Last year Jim Schroeder agreed to let me visit his shop for a “tour”. He showed me his tools and equipment, as well as several excellent projects that he’s completed over the years, including a tool and cutter grinder that he’s modified from a design by Derek Brooks.

I’ve included multiple videos in this post. First you’ll find a video for the entire tour. Next you’ll find shorter topic-specific excerpts from the tour including the tool and cutter grinder, improvements he’s made to his G0602, an ER-40 collet adapter he made for his G0602, and a video showing Jim’s tangential shear tool in operation. Enjoy!

Shop Tour With Jim Schroeder (Full Tour)

Jim’s Tool and Cutter Grinder (Excerpt)

Jim’s G0602 Lathe Improvements (Excerpt)

Jim’s ER-40 Collet Adapter for the G0602 (Excerpt)

Plans for Jim’s ER-40 Collet Adapter have been previously posted here.

Jim’s Tangential Shear Tool (Excerpt)

Thanks for inviting me into your shop Jim! I really enjoyed my visit. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to edit and post the video.

I really enjoy visiting other people’s shops. I leave with lots of great tips and ideas. If you live in the northwest (within 500 miles or so of Seattle) and you’d like to have me over to take a tour of your shop, invite me! Your shop doesn’t need to be as clean and tidy as Jims – mine certainly isn’t! I can film it like I did with Jim, or simply take pictures. Then I will (eventually) post them to the site for others to enjoy.



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Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline College near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.

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  1. Again, Jim, I am amazed at what you do.  I know how time consuming it is to set up tooling and shops and usually I am drawn in other ways but I look forward to doing some of the things you do.



  2. Hi Jim, thanks for the kind words.  I am retired and have a lot of time to “putter” and I find the machine shop is a great place for me to practice my puttering.  I am working on a project now that seems to go on forever primarily due to my mistakes.  My objective is to  make the G0602 a real threading machine with few if any compromises.  To fabricate some of the pieces I have to make internal splines so now I am learning about “slotters”.  Never a dull moment.



  3. In seeing your shop video it seems to me that you were saying something about glass or magnetic scales on a DRO.  I am going to be getting a DRO in the next months and wonder if you have any suggestions about the glass versus magnetic scales?



  4. Hi Jim, glad to hear that you going to add DRO’s.  You will really enjoy the benefits that these bring to imported machines.  I started with “capacitive” type scales on both the lathe and the mill.  These are the type scales used for inexpensive calipers and such.  They have some drawbacks and some pluses.  On the negative side is “jitter” and accuracy.  Without going into the detail of electrically how these work the technology leads to jitter in the least significant digit.  Adding some DC filtering and properly setting up the display head can minimize this but it is still there to some extent.  The resolution is plus or minus 0.0005, sounds pretty good until you get used to seeing plus or minus 0.0001 and that is rock solid with no jitter. 

    The technology has its limits, for the price you get a lot of capability.  Probably the best DRO for the money is using the iGauging scales like Grizzly sells and put the display heads together in some rational layout.  The other plus that this technology has is size, the scales are the smallest around.  I still use them on my 10×22 because there is not enough room on the cross slide for glass scales.

    Glass scales are bigger but they provide solid displays and resolve to four decimal places.  The technology is very different and thus you get the benefits of this improved approach.  I bought my glass scales from Ditron in Hong Kong, the prices were good and the service was excellent.  My other scales came from several different places, I believe the last one was from Shar’s.  They are all more or less the same.

    Hope this helps,