My name is John Gabriel. I live near Chicago in Illinois USA. I am a retired scientist, 76 years old, and have been interested in machine shop work since I was 20, at first using the student shop while in graduate school.
Having lost the sight of one eye in an accident a couple of years ago, automation of the shop is mandatory to keep my hands away from moving chucks and cutters, so I now have a collection of stepper and servo motors, and am slowly converting machines to N/C. Once everything is running again, I hope to publish my designs for machine automation, and perhaps begin a small business offering kits to automate machines from Sieg, ENCO, and Grizzly, and similar vendors.