February 13, 2016 Shop Log

  • In an effort to assessing what I have, Instarted going through the boxes of stuff at and found some interesting things to bring to MakerCave to work on: ShiftBrite LED Modules, various motors, an Apple TV and 5-port hub.  

    Interesting Items Discovered at Home for MakerCave

  • Every shop worth its weight should have a copy of the McMaster-Carr catalog.  

    McMaster-Carr Catalog

  • I started assembling my newly-arrived Kickstarter-backed Dobot Robotic Arm.  

    Dobot Robotic Arm

  • I installed a guide on the Shapeoko to better align the work piece.  

    Shapeoko X-Axis Guide

  • I engraved the Portland skyline art on the Portland Media Community TV Shroud.  

    Portland Skyline Artwork on the Portland Community Media TV Shroud

  • To make more desktop space at the Electronics Workspace, I made a cantilevered laptop tray.  

    Electronics Workspace Laptop Cantilevered Tray

  • With the Portland skyline artwork routed out, I laid the first layer of wood filler.  

    Wood Filler Laid

  • I hooked up the Apple TV to one of the GT5000 NEC Projectors.  

    Apple TV Functional at MakerCave


January 18, 2016 Shop Log

  • Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Day! Time to recommit one’s self to fighting injustice. It is far from being eradicated.
  • Kazuki decided. to join me today

  • Mounted a radio charger base to the holder

  • Drilled the holes for the charger base cords

  • Painted a black border around the Luke Skywalker Tauntaun Sign

  • I would like to try and get my electronics station set and organized today, using the Anthro Standing Cart I picked up from Portland Community Media.
  • During a cleaning frenzy a couple of days ago, I found the water flow sensor I purchased from lightobjects.com. I would also like to get that installed onto the K40 Laser Cutter and Engraver.
  • Mounted the (6) charge bases to the holder

  • Cutting mounting holes in the PCM TV Shroud on the Shapeoko

  • I slotted the mounting holes on the shroud for flexibility in positioning the shroud on the wall when mounted. My ability to accurately measure and set anchors in concrete block is questionable at best.

January 17, 2016 Shop Log

  • Added second layer of cherry-colored wood filler

  • Sanded away the wood filler and filled the inage with gray paint

  • Cutting a side wall of the Baefong Radio Charging Bank on the Shapeoko

  • Baefong Radio Charging Bank Holder

    Assembled the Baefong Radio Charging Bank Holder

  • Cleaned up my sloppy paint job by sanding away my mistakes

  • Bolted my platform to the Printrbot Simple Metal for easier transport

  • I broke the 3mm tap in one of the holes I drilled into the base of the Printrbot Simple Metal. I need to remember to utilize the proper drillbit size. I used a #40 size bit and should have used a #39 size bit. Live and learn.

January 16, 2016 Shop Log

  • ChiliPeppr Luke Skywalker Tauntaun Sign

    Cutting out a Luke Skywalker Tauntaun sign on the Shapeoko

  • Attempting to clean up the shop as I watch the Shapeoko work
  • Baefong Radio Charging Bank

    Designing a holder for a bank of 12 Baefong Radios

  • Sanded the rough edges of Shapeoko work piece spacers…I wonder if I should complement them with some Bench Dogs
  • On a Home Depot run, I picked up some cherry-colored wood filler for the text on the Luke Skywalker Tauntaun sign. I set the first layer and let it dry in the spray booth.