February 17, 2019 Shop Log

I needed to start tidying up some of my equipment, like the dust collection barrels cluttering to the shop floor. For one of my Dust Deputy-equipped Shop-Vacs, I mounted the collection barrel on the top of the Shop-Vac cart with the help of the X-Carve CNC Router. This will make the Shop-Vac a bit easier to move around the shop.
Like I said, getting the Dust Deputy-equipped dust collection off the shop floor was a priority today. Now when I move the Shapeoko CNC Router Table, I am not dragging its dust collection system behind it.

The SD card for the QuickDraw Bot went back, and I had to re-flash a new operating system for the QuickDraw Bot. It is now back up and operational.

I started working on my rotating flip-top power tool bench to help reduce the amount of floor or bench space my power tools were taking up, especially those I seldom lay used.

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…

December 29, 2017 Shop Log

  • Tomorrow is McKenzie’s birthday, and we are holding a Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie party. Using the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter, I made some birthday swag.
  • Of course, all the machines had to be in use. The Shapeoko cut two more set of CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dolly Yokes while I worked on the birthday swag project.
  • The Stacker 3D Printer was put to the task of printing up some spray can holders as I work at organizing the shop.
  • Jill asked for some stickers for the bags of the girls McKenzie invited over for a sleepover tomorrow night, so I obliged. For awhile, I was struggling to get my cutting software (Easy Cut Studio) to connect to my GCC Expert 24LX Vinyl Cutter. Then I discovered that it helps to reference the correct machine in the settings – GCC Expert 24LX, not GCC Expert II 24LX.
  • I also worked on setting up an old Raspberry Pi Model B to run xcarve-server, and my iMac to run xcarve-proxy. It allows me to communicate to the X-Carve wirelessly through the Raspberry Pi rather than a computer wired directly to the X-Controller. Courtesy of Adafruit.
  • Another addition to the MakerCave Art Gallery…

October 29, 2017 Shop Log

  • Using SketchUp, I created a mounting board for my Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer. I control this printer with an OctoPi inside this enclosure I found on Thingiverse, and wanted something that would make it easy to move it around. I elevated the OctoPi in order to get a better view of the print bed with the attached Logitech C270 webcam. This is what I came up with.
  • With the design finished, I place a piece of 3/4” MDF onto the bed of the Shapeoko and cut out my design.
  • Well the Shapeoko worked, I worked on cutting more pieces for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies on the table saw.
  • Also I started another artwork on the QuickDraw Bot…
  • I neatly routed all the cable under the board, and the end result turned out well.
  • Groot Kid added the MakerCave Art Gallery.