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 AF3555 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 […]

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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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Laser
Laser Exhaust

The laser is located in the basement shop. The nearest way out of the house is through the closet behind it and up and over the basement block wall through the rim joist. As an added complication the well pump pressure tank is also located immediately behind the laser, blocking some of the access. The […]

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Laser
Laser commissioning / to do list

With the laser in and basically running, there is still more to do to get it ready for “production”. I did the first pass beam alignment but did not check the exit beam at all 4 corners. Up to Mirror 3 it is good at all 4 corners. Near the center of the bed it […]

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Laser
Laser Day(s)

After months of research, reviewing the Facebook laser groups and basically overthinking the decision, I purchased a CO2 laser cutter / engraver. I had analyzed the type of work to do (everything from signs, and gifts, to engraving , cutting veneer and thick wood). This lead me down the path to one of the higher […]

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Canning
Hot Pepper Paste

Our bountiful harvest of ripe hot peppers continues. Some of the other folks in the Facebook Cured Meats : Charcuterie group have been making pepper paste to use for sausage making. This sounds like a good idea as with pepper paste vs pepper powders, you can get a better bind on the meat in the […]

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Canning
More Fermented Hot Sauce

We have been making fermented hot sauce for a number of years. This has been what we refer to as “Cold Snap” hot sauce as it is made after the first killing frost where we hope for as many ripe peppers as possible. The color of the sauce varies year to year depending on how […]

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