So I finally made the first usefull thing with my new machining skills and tools. My good friend Aaron sent me a boom pole that he got free for some reason, and finally got around to making an adjustable adaptor to mount my DIY shock-mount on the pole. The shock mount is 4″ ABS pipe, cut off in the middle, and some elastic shock cord from an old pair of pants.
The top of the boom pole has a 5/8″ threaded rod poking out of it, so I machined up some 1/2″ aluminum, added a thingy to adjust the angle of the shock mount, and voilla! I actually made something usefull! Probably not going to get it anodized, since it’s not exactly fine craftsmanship. It works though.