20,000 Subscriber Q&A Extravaganza

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The channel just hit 20,000 subscribers, so today I’m doing a Q&A. You posted your burning questions. I’m going to provide “Answers”. If you think this video is too long, maybe you shouldn’t have asked so many questions. 🙂


  • 0:59 My profession and how I got started
  • 7:12 Why did I buy new machines? Would I do it again?
  • 9:35 School and career choices
  • 10:29 When will I build a full CNC turret lathe?
  • 11:52 What do I use my tools for besides making more tools?
  • 14:23 What triggers me to share my knowledge?
  • 15:27 Future upgrades to the ELS project 18:01 Where do I get my ideas?
  • 19:55 What’s the plan for the new G0704 spindle?
  • 21:19 How about adding the cross-slide to the ELS project?
  • 22:28 Any plans for a 5-axis CNC build?
  • 23:23 How much time do I spend making YouTube videos?
  • 25:21 When will I have more ELS boards?
  • 26:52 Can I make a plug-and-play ELS package?
  • 28:55 My multi-camera video production process
  • 31:49 Upcoming videos on the new mill spindle
  • 32:30 What are my favorite end mills for a machine my size? 33:55 Thoughts on organization in a small shop
  • 35:30 Belt drive conversion for the G0704 mill
  • 37:13 How do I like the Shars 440V mill vise?
  • 38:09 How did I get so masterful at Fusion 360?
  • 40:40 What else do I do in my shop that isn’t on YouTube?
  • 41:40 Plans for an automatic tool changer for the CNC mill
  • 42:24 Future plans for the CNC and other tools
  • 43:13 Don’t forget to smile
  • 43:17 How do I get max torque from a VFD?
  • 44:20 Backlash compensation in an old lathe
  • 45:55 How do I balance YouTube with the rest of my life?
  • 48:56 Origin and pronunciation of “Clough”

If you’re looking for the ELS PC board: https://ebay.to/2WuLa7m

The hobbed bolt machining video: https://youtu.be/AK0NvaKbRqc

Stuff I talked about in this video:

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  • YG-1 3/8″ Alu-Power end mill (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2ssO9iv
  • YG-1 1/4″ Alu-Power end mill (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2TRY4tM
  • YG-1 1/4″ Long Alu-Power end mill (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2ssKEZu
  • YG-1 1/8″ Alu-Power end mill (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2ANVkXj
  • YG-1 Tank-Power 3/8″ powdered metal roughing end mill (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2QNNzFT
  • YG-1 4-Flute Carbide 1/4″ end mill (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2QRDK9S
  • 50MM Face Mill with APKT inserts (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2srXDuv
  • 2.5″ Carbide Face Mill (Amazon*): http://amzn.to/2Bo1VXk ER20
  • TTS Clone Toolholders (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2srqwaa
  • Haimer Zero Master Mini 3D Sensor (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2PVA7mn
  • Clough42 CNC Hobbed Bolt (eBay*): https://ebay.to/2C9ut8f

Video gear:

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  • Sony a7 III Mirrorless Camera (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/364DkpQ
  • Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2LBs9eQ
  • GoPro Hero 5 Black (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2WZuzcJ
  • Sennheiser EW 112P G4 Wireless Microphone System (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/368r9IH
  • Zoom H4n Pro Audio Recorder (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/3fVx3RW