February 18, 2018 Shop Log

  • Continuing to progress on the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies
  • The slow part to the whole process is the cutting of the yokes…
  • Only 5 more stacking pallets to construct…
  • While waiting for the Shapeoko to finish its cutting job, I worked on the Loading Dock Video Patch Panel, cutting out the inner mounting plate on the Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver.
  • The finished product looks promising.
  • Last visit, I finished the installation of dust collection system on the X-Carve CNC Router.
  • During my reconfiguration of the X-Carve in Easel, to accept the dust shoe, I found myself stuck on setting up the Z-Axis Probe. Easel takes you through the setup process step-by-step, not allowing you to continue on until you complete the current task. The first step was to plug in the Z-Axis Probe, which I did and immediately instructed me to attach the clamp to the spindle collet. This is where I got confused, because the next grayed out instruction was touch the touch plate to the collet. However, when I touched the collet with the touch plate, nothing happened. I rebooted the computer, I reinstalled the X-Controller firmware and Easel driver software, I checked the continuity of the circuit, and I still could not move forward. Then I finally realized that the “attach the clamp to the collet” was a button that had to be pressed after clamping the collet. Idiot.

January 27, 2018 Shop Log

  • The key is to get the Shapeoko started right away while you are working on other tasks. You cannot leave it unattended, but at least you have something to do while you wait for a cutting job to complete.
  • I finished the last wheel board for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies and the first of the ADA-compliant stacking pallets. Only 11 pallets to go…
  • I also assembled more yoke assemblies…
  • And cut and routed some more components…

January 21, 2018 Shop Log

  • Now the X-Carve was put to the task of cutting out the main sign…
  • I painted the Jedi Challenges visor shelf and the bottom lightsaber Holder…
  • I decided to make the lightsaber blade holders from acrylic cut on the Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver.
  • The layout of the sign elements looked good.
  • I applied the first coat of chalkboard paint to the main sign.
  • The bracket to hold the Jedi Challenges Tracking Light was printed.
  • Another addition to the MakerCave Art Gallery…

January 20, 2018 Shop Log

  • My first rendition of the shelf for the visor of McKenzie’s Jedi Challenges wasn’t quite right, so I made some modification and cut the new design on the X-Carve. While at it, I made a shelf for McKenzie’s SaberForge lightsaber.
  • The design worked well.
  • I added another layer of clear coat to the Jedi symbol.
  • The last wheel board underway.

January 9, 2018 Shop Log

  • Not feeling so well today.
  • The Shapeoko was put to work cutting out foam mount backers for Amphitheater Concession TV mounts. The mounts are being hung on a split-faced block wall, which is rough and uneven. The foam backer is to “even” out the mounting surface.
  • The Stacker 3D Printer was working on printing out some more spray can rack mounts, to get MakerCave better organized.
  • I worked on setting up operating systems on SD cards for two new Raspberry Pi Security Camera.
  • I flipped on the Muse Laser Cutter nd Engraver for a pushed software update. It hasn’t come through yet.
  • The MakerCave iMac is also undergoing updates.