Clearly a post about each meeting isn’t happening. You can find the current schedule on the Meetings page.

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February 2014

Our next meeting will be:

Tuesday, February 11th
at the Lansing Makers Network
500 E. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, Michigan

We will have a demonstration of a desktop CNC mill.

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Christmas 2013

Our next meeting will be:
7:00 – 8:30pm, Tuesday, December 10th at the Lansing Makers Network, 500 E. Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI.
Bring cookies and drinks to share if you can.
Future meetings will be the second Tuesday of each month at the same location.
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September Meeting 2012

Rather than meeting the day after Labor Day, the Portland Machinist Guild will meet the second Tuesday this month -September 11th.
The meeting will be held at Bill Carter’s where Bill will be showing us his collection of about 100 engines; hit and miss, steam, hot air, air, water motors, and toy electric.
Bring a friend!
Popcorn, peanuts, and cold drinks provided.
15948 Grove Road, Lansing, Michigan.  Half a mile north of the Tractor Supply Store on Grand River Ave., near the corner of Grove and State Roads.
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2012 Engine Run

The Portland Machinist Guild 2012 Engine Run is coming up!

June 19th
Harbor Freight/Alro Metals Plus

There is section of the parking lot to the right of Alro that is generally unused. The manager said we are welcome to have our event there. I will > have a poster in Harbor Freight and Alro to advertise the event so we are likely to have a bunch of folks walking up.

Note this is NOT Alro Steel. This is the little retail store next to Harbor Freight by the Lansing Mall.

Polish up your engines and we’ll see you there!


If you are not familiar with the Engine Run, for our last meeting of the season we get out our restored antique engines and give them a run. There may also be a few small engines built from scratch.

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May Meeting

For our May 1st meeting, we will have a N.A.M.E.S. Slideshow and anything else you’d like to talk about.

Same time and place; 7:00-8:30 at Imagine This Church in Grand Ledge.

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April Meeting

April 3rd will be our Project Show and Tool Sale.

Bring anything you’ve been working on, finished or not; and bring any tools that could use a new home.

7:00pm  – 8:30pm in the basement of Imagine This Church in Grand Ledge.

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March Meeting: Ann Arbor Tours

The Portland Machinist Guild will be traveling to Ann Arbor this Saturday, March 10th for a tour of several makerspaces.

9:00 Leave from the Okemos Park-n-Ride.  Located behind Cracker Barrel at I-96 exit 110.
10:30 MakerWorks
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Current Motors
1:30 Alro Metals Plus
2:30 All Hands Active
3:30 A2MechShop
4:30 Smithy

Hope to see you there.

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February Meeting: Gun-smithing

The topic of our February meeting will be gun-smithing. James Baker will have a presentation on the history of the gun. Bring any work, stories, or pictures you would like to share.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We are meeting in the basement of Imagine This Church, the former bank on the East corner. 227 S. Bridge St. Grand Ledge MI, 48837. Parking is in the rear.

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Welcome to the Portland Machinist Guild

Welcome to the Portland Machinist Guild. We’ve been meeting for about thirteen years now and some of us think it’s high time we had a web site, though not all agree. In any case, please remember that we’re machinists, not programmers or poets so the site could be a bit rough. The idea at moment is simply a place to let you know who we are and what we’re up to.  And, since a good number of us don’t have computers, it isn’t likely to get more sophisticated than that.

The Portland Machinist Guild is a group of folks interested in metalworking who get together once a month with like-minded members from the mid-Michigan area. We have been featured in The Home Shop Machinist (July/Aug 2003) and at the Michigan Historical Museum (May 13 – June 25, 2006. From the Mind of the Machinist: Gadgets from the Portland Machinist Guild).

You’re welcome to stop by our next meeting. Bring along a project if you can, we’d love to see what you’ve been working on.

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