My good friend TJIC has recently started a business in mail-order technical video rentals.
From his page:
Technical Video Rental is a service that rents video tapes – just like your corner video store…but we rent the kind of tapes that you can’t find on every street corner. Videos on running lathes, casting aluminum, and bending sheet metal… cool videos!
TVR carries titles like “Basic Milling Machine Operation” and “Greensand Casting Techniques (Volume II)”. I think this is an excellent idea. You can watch the video, learn how to use your shop tools more effectively and safely without busting your bank on expensive videos that you probably don’t really need to keep in your library.
I don’t have a shop but, heck I might rent a few videos just because the titles sound so cool. What red-blooded American tool fanatic doesn’t want to get the guys together to watch “Advanced Aspects of Milling Machine Operation”?! It’s the epitome of guy-ness.
TVR has just started out, go easy if the interface is still a little rough around the edges.