March 24, 2019 Shop Log

I haven’t used the Millermatic 211 MIG Welder in a long time. The last few days ago I started welding together new Solar Charging Station Frames to replace the wooden weather-worn ones I had made a couple of years ago. I created Solar Charging Stations and placed them around the Amphitheater to power time lapse cameras and work lights.
I used SketchUp 2019 to design the replacements, using 1″ steel tube, 1-1/2″ angle steels and 2″ flat steel. I’ll use 2″ muffler clamps to mount some of the stations onto 2″ diameter poles.
My welding and assembly got better with practice.

March 3, 2019 Shop Log

The crew at the Amphitheater completed all the Type II Barricades they could with the pieces they had. I cut some additional slats and handles for the start of Monday.
Today I had set the goal of removing the drift boat from the ceiling and moving it over to temporary storage. I don’t think that will have today.
I moved a step closer toward completing the Rotating Power Tool Stand. I cut out the side supports for the rotating drum with the X-Carve CNC Router.
I captured this time lapse of the cutting job on the X-Carve CNC Router using a Wyze Security Camera I have mounted above the router.

February 24, 2019 Shop Log

In between tasks, I loaded the X-Carve with plywood blanks and cut out handles for some Type II Barricades I designed for the Amphitheater.
Using the Bridgeport Milling Machine, I drilled holes for the replacement supports for the Parking Equipment Trailer. I finished one half of the supports.
In preparation for making more Type II Barricades, I cut slats and handles.
I used Boxes.py and the FSL Muse Engraver and Cutter to create this storage tray for the Creality Ender 3 3D Printer we are donating for the Our Lady of Lourdes school auction.

February 2, 2019 Shop Log

I finally got the biscuit joiner off my bench and onto my rolling French cleat storage cart.
I also created storage from my small Ridgid drivers.
I started assembling a LED flood fixture I am plan to experiment with for the Amphitheater. I need to splice the four power tails of each of the individual fixtures together along with a power cord, so I ordered some Wago 221-415 LEVER-NUTS 5 Conductor Compact Connectors from Amazon.

Well, the time has come to plan for the future, and MakerCave will be moving from its current location. Our lease is up in June, and rather than renew, we will pack everything temporarily into storage and plan on building a new and better MakerCave at our new future homestead. I have started moving items into temporary storage.

January 26, 2019 Shop Log

I decided to start making some work-holding tools I found on the Shapeoko User Group on Facebook, some cam holding clamps and holding L-brackets.
While the Shapeoko ran its job, I cut some additional directional signage for the Amphitheater on the GCC Expert24LX Vinyl Cutter. However, I just noticed a mistake. The signage was to read Main Gates, not Plaza Gates.
I also fired up the Stacker 500 to start printing the nave of the Sagrada Familia model.
I finished drilling the mounting holes and installing the mounting T-nuts on the backings for the Amphitheater Parking Lot Solar Work Light Panels.
The L-brackets I found on Facebook weren’t designed from my X-Carve CNC Router, so I decided to design one myself. It will be 3D-printed rather than cut from MDF.