CNC Router
Isla’s Bed – Tenons and End PanelsNew!!

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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Laser
Laser Rotary Axis installation

I have the OMtech AF3555 130 watt CO2 laser. I wanted to add a rotary axis device that could be shared with my CNC router. After looking around, I chose a 3 jaw chuck style, The unit is a RATTM with 80mm K11 chuck and 6:1 belt drive reduction. If it was only seeing laser […]

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Laser
Laser Beam Combiner

Having a “red dot” pointer is a nice accessory for a C02 laser. It provides an easy way to align the head indication to the material, do “framing runs” to highlight where you hope your design will land on the material, etc. However, the external / angled laser red dot devices leave much to be […]

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Meats
Pork Tenderloin Wellington

As we dug further into the stash of delicious meat from the half pig from Sidie Hollow Farms, looking for some more meat to cure (future Capicola), I came across the tenderloin. I set it aside for a couple of days while pondering what to do with it. Pork tenderloin is not something we make […]

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Laser
Laser Power Calibration

I am running an OMtech 130w laser with a Ruida 6442G controller, Yongli H6 laser tube and ZYE MYJG150W-1 laser power supply. The tube is rated for 30mA max. It is recommended by the manufacturer, for maximum tube life to stay under 80% power level which is then 24mA. When running I hit the 24 […]

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Woodworking
Isla’s New Bed

I had made a convertible crib / bed for my grand-daughter Isla a almost 4 years ago, see: https://bronkalla.com/blog/2018/03/04/crib-construction-start/. It had been successfully converted from crib to bed. However, Isla as a little sister Aubrey who now needs a crib. Rather than build another convertible crib / bed, and end up with yet more left […]

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Cured Meats: Charcuterie
Home Cured Ham

This past fall I bought half a pig from my nephew, Taylor Henry at Sidie Hollow Farm. He pasture raises the hogs, so I was looking forward to several charcuterie projects with the meat. Bacon and pepperoni turned out great, guanciale made form the jowls is currently drying. So it was time to prepare a […]

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Laser
Laser Air Assist Upgrade

The cuts with the laser can be greatly enhanced with air assist. This consists of basically blowing a compressed air stream out the nozzle below the lens. The laser comes with an air pump (glorified aquarium pump) but this is not enough. You need 30PSI for cutting and deeper engraving plus 5PSI for plastic engraving, […]

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