November 11, 2019 Shop Log

Another piece of equipment on wheels

While browsing my email, I saw that Woot was offering a mobile tool base, so I bought one for the drill press. It arrived today and was immediately installed.

I also installed some utility hooks along the length of MakerCave near the ceiling for quick and easy cable management (extension and network cords).

November 10, 2019 Shop Log

I hired one of McKenzie’s classmates, David, to help me move MakerCave. I remember helping my godfather in eighth grade help build an second floor addition to his home and how much I learned during that time. I wanted to provide the same opportunity to someone as my godfather had done for me.

One of the things I wanted in the new MakerCave was to get as much on wheels as possible. This included the vinyl cutter work space. I asked David to install work table casters on the work table.

I also wanted to consolidate the two work tables into one and was able to achieve that with folding shelves. The cutter was mounted onto a folding shelf on the end of the layout table. I also move the vinyl roll holder to the bottom of the folding shelf to conserve space.

It folded out of the way nicely.

Then I mounted my 58″ paper cutter to the side of the table.

It also folded out of the way as nicely as the cutter.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out, freely up some much needed floor space. It will allow me to move the vinyl cutting work space out of the way as I work on other things.

November 8, 2019 Shop Log

MakerCave iMac mounted to a monitor arm and the GCC Expert 24 LX Vinyl Cutter work table

I am working on consolidating work surfaces in order to conserve space, and one of these is my vinyl cutting work space. In the old MakerCave, I had a separate table for layout, a separate stand to hold the cutter and a separate desk to hold the MakerCave iMac. I now want to consolidate these three spaces into one.

The first step is to mount the MakerCave iMac to the layout table in a manner where it would not be in the way. I purchased an adapter VESA mount kit for the iMac and an monitor arm that would be able to support the weight of the iMac from Amazon. This allows me to either lift the iMac above the work space or push it off to the side.

Moving MakerCave

Kazuki enjoys having MakerCave closer to home

Since 2012, MakerCave has resided in a leased space, and now it is time to bring it home, literally. For years, Jill and I have talked about purchasing a home with some land and owning the space for MakerCave rather leasing it. Well, we finally did it.

However, the problem is that I have seven years of accumulation in the leased space, and not enough in the new space. At least, not now, until we build an additional garage building. For now, I am picking and choosing through my equipment and trying to consolidate work spaces the best I can.

November 4, 2019 Shop Log

We purchased a new replacement wood pellet stove for the new house, a Comfortbilt HP22. The piping turned out to be 6.25″ off.
Originally, I thought about running new piping to make the alignment, but I didn’t like the idea of adding additional bends in the exhaust flow. Instead I decided to raise the new stove to meet the 6.25″.
Jill and I chose slate-colored ceramic tile, surrounded by red oak boards.
I brought it inside for the tile grout to set and to see how it looked in its new home.
It turned out well!
The new wood pellet stove installed!