3D Printing
D-Bot 3D printer linear rail upgrade

Background My D-Bot is now 5 years old. It has worked well, but the Z axis has been getting sloppy, tilting slightly as it moves up and down. I tried tightening the bearings with no improvement. A few years ago I had upgraded the X axis to using IGUS bearing surfaces, but these are not […]

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Laser
Converting the Laser to Closed Loop Stepper Drive

Background I wanted to see if I could speed up the engraving on my OMTech 130w CO2 laser. The engraving speed is primarily dependent on the X axis drive. The velocity and acceleration of the X axis and the lens head are the main factors to improve without losing steps. As delivered the X axis […]

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Woodworking
Elegant Step Stools

Not every woodworking project needs to be a multi-week adventure. Sometimes something simple is needed. In this case it is some step stools. We now have 7 grandchildren ranging form newborn to 6 years. We have them over on a regular basis (3 days / week minimum during the school year). With the kids running […]

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Laser
Doll Cribs

Our grand-daughters are at the age where they love to play with dolls. They are infatuated with the American Girl style 20″ dolls, now adding the American Girl Bitty Baby 15″ dolls. To go with them, they want additional “furnishings” beyond the cases I built last year. A couple of them have their hearts set […]

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Laser
Isla’s Bed – Completion

After staining, I waited a couple of weeks to let the stain fully dry. The reason being that the gel stain used is oil based and with the winter weather, I needed to use a water based finish. My favorite for spraying in the winter is General Finishes Endurovar. It generally flows out well and […]

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Meats
Pork Ribs – Sous Vide & Smoke

For the last 30 years or so Drunken Ribs has been my “go to” for ribs to serve family and friends. Typically these are “baby backs”. Meat prices have been crazy this last year. However, pork prices are now coming back to earth and I picked up a rack of pork spare ribs an special […]

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CNC Router
Isla’s Bed – Staining

This is another project where I am finishing first and assembling the completely finished pieces. This avoids issues with glue squeeze out and having to sand inside corners (which I hate to do). By finishing first, I can also spray the finish coats on while the pieces are horizontal , which mitigates my uneven spray […]

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CNC Router
Isla’s Bed – Tenons and End Panels

With the mortises complete, it is time to start on the tenons. Now is the time that careful stock prep and thickness planing will start to pay off. The cross rails for the head and foot boards require tenons to fit into the legs. When making tenons on long pieces such as these, my favorite […]

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CNC Router
Isla’s Bed Stock Prep and Joinery

The seemingly boring part of the project is preparing the stock. This includes cutting to rough length, jointing the faces, planing both sides, jointing a clean edge. Finally, ripping to width and cutting to length. Some of the steps desire more attention than they are commonly given. With rough sawn lumber, you need to surface […]

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CNC Router
Isla’s Bed Design Features

I have made a number of beds. The design and construction techniques have evolved along the way to simplify the joinery, minimize fit-up trimming as well as sanding of the finished joints. This is while retaining the strength of mortise and tenon as well as frame and panel construction techniques. One of the key design […]

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