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…

April 26, 2019 Shop Log

Well, I finally got rid of the old concessions TVs, freeing up shelf space and, honestly, clutter.
I completed the Parking Lot I Work Light for the Amphitheater, adding more light for the parking lot staff.
I showed Kayla how to use the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter.
I also showed Kayla how to use the GCC Expert24LX Vinyl Cutter.

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.

January 27, 2019 Shop Log

I came into the shop, and the Stacker 500 finished printing out the model of the Sagrada Familia Nave.
Picking up where I left off yesterday, I used the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter to starting making the work-holding L-brackets.
I exported my SketchUp design into a DXF file and then imported that file into Inkscape. As you can see, I ran into a bit of a scaling issue.
After searching the SketchUp Extension Warehouse, I discovered the FaceSVG: SVG Export for faces extension in order to export faces in SVG format. This corrected the scaling issue I had when exporting from DXF in SketchUp and then importing the DXF file into Inkscape in order to create a SVG file for the Muse.
I glued the layers of the L-bracket together.
The L-Brackets and Cam Clamps worked out well.