December 1, 2019 Shop Log

I installed the second shelf lift. This one is for my belt and disc sander. Two power tools off the floor…

With the help of Nick Dodson, the electrician we use at the Amphitheater, I made up an quad box extension cord from my 240-volt service, splitting the 240-volt service into two 120-volt dedicated circuits.

With the FSL Muse Laser Cutter, I created mounting plates for my Ridgid battery chargers on the IKEA Skadis peg board. Actually, I used this as an opportunity to get David, my helper, to figure out how to design custom items to meet one’s specific needs. I tried to teach David how to use a calipers and SketchUp to create a drawing. However…

We ran into some mis-measurement issues. Not once…

But twice before getting it right.

I lost a cordless drill today. It did last sixteen years, so I got some use from it.

The Stacker 500 3D printer was put to work today. The poop bag holder went missing some time ago and decided to print a replacement.

November 25, 2019 Shop Log

I moved McKenzie’s Jedi shrine from the old bedroom to her new bedroom. During the transport, the plastic brackets I made to hold her lightsaber upright. Luckily, I had the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter set up and was able to quickly make replacements.

The storage brackets I ordered from Amazon arrived today. These brackets are designed for kitchen appliances, just as mixers, to be easily stored under cabinets. I mocked one up to see how it worked. Eventually, I will mount my bench grinder on these brackets.

Also from Amazon came my Keychron K2 Wireless Keyboard. What a great mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting.

I continued to install wall organization, such as pegboard and bins.

I started to unpack and organize tools. Router bits next to the router table…

November 16, 2019 Shop Log

I put the FSL Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver to work after the installing the new exhaust vent. Jill want to create something for a party contest, something pumpkin-themed. I obliged.

I created a serving tray for Jill’s pumpkin muffins.

I continued to work on consolidating equipment. I followed up on something I saw on YouTube regarding flip-top power tool storage. After proof of concept, I was ready to implement.

If I were able to integrate my miter saw into one of my conveyor roller tables, then I would be able to eliminate the need for the two feed tables and saw stand.

I just have to install a gate latch to keep the flip-top tight to the side of the conveyor roller table when the saw is stowed.

I will eventually store the following in the same manner:

  • Bench jointer
  • Mini lathe
  • Metal miter saw
  • Bench grinder
  • Bench vise

June 2, 2019 Shop Log

For awhile, the MakerCave Octopi has been warning me of a under-voltage issue. I have noticed this issue on several of my Raspberry Pis. Finally, I ordered an UM25C USB Meter from Amazon. Though, while not under load, the USB micro power connection (from the USB power ports of the UPS) reported just over 5 volts, as soon as the MakerCave Octopi was plugged in, the voltage dropped down to 4.6 volts, triggering a under-voltage warning. I switched over to a 2.5-amp power supply, and that resolved the issue.
You plug in the power source into the meter, in this case into the micro USB input. Then you plug in the device you wish to measure into the USB A female connection. The meter shows you the voltage and amperage the device is drawing. So this wireless charging pad is drawing 5.162 volts and .2715 amps to charge my AirPods.
I finished cutting the parts on the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter for the Eiffel Tower model. I will pack it up and send it to my brother and nephews as a gift.
I have had an idea festering in the back of my mind to get my fly-fishing equipment organized.
Since I had tools running and was working on shop organization and clean-up, I put the Stacker 500 to work, creating more spray can storage brackets.
Of course, I didn’t notice that the holes in the top and bottom trout were slightly different until I finished the cutting job, so I had to recut the top trout to match the bottom. Assembling went well I think. Now just to mount it in the garage at home…