Good afternoon people. Today I don't want to ask something related to electronics or mathematics, but rather on another subject. In this case is about machining (as well as making my own mechanical pieces). So what's the matter? You may ask. Well let me explain to you. In the last couple of years I've done several electronics projects, including a programmable clock, a twilight light circuit, a chick brooder, a variable power supply and a DC motor drive. However I've thought that I should include more elements from other engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, fluid power, control engineering, etc. So I started looking at first on the branch of mechanics. I have taken the courses and read books on basic subjects ranging from classical mechanics (physics), vector mechanics (statics + dynamics), mechanics of materials and machine elements design. I have the theory, yet I don't know how to start on applying the concepts on making real world applications (like machines and robots). I don't want to limit all my projects within the electronics realm as well I want to diversify my projects, so I want to know how to start doing things like welding, or machining, or CNC, to produce my own mechanical parts (of course I know that some of them are already made and can be bought in places like Grainger). I would appreciate your tips and insights on how to settle a "journey" on this. Peace.