October 15, 2017 Shop Log

  • I had some fun with the Muse today. I discovered a living hinge generator website and made up a quick box.
  • I then worked on some more image engraving on the Muse.
  • I completed another CEIA Magnetometers Storage Pallet.
  • The Stacker 3D Printer is printing a K40 Laser Cutter Mirror Alignment Tool.
  • And another addition to the MakerCave Gallery…

October 3, 2017 Shop Log

  • Well, with the help of tech support, I isolated the issue with the Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver to a bad secondary power supply.
  • I continued working on the CEIA Magnetometers Storage Dollies. I decided to use eyebolts rather than D-rings because of space constraints with the new wheel boards.
  • I cut another pair of yokes with the Shapeoko.
  • I also started another print job on the Stacker.

October 1, 2017 Shop Log

  • I realized that we lost some detail in the initial print of the Mirror of Erised. I changed a setting in Simplify3D to allow single layer walls to be printed.
  • I also modified two illuminated Exit Signs for temporary canopy tent installations. I added a Edison tail for AC power and a switch to turn off the backup battery when not used.
  • I worked on the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dollies. I redesigned the wheel board to be narrower and not include stacking storage yokes.
  • This required me to include a single battery storage box onto the Stacking Pallet.
  • Well, the Muse took a shit today. The touchscreen will not turn on and is blank. The machine is a dud. I noticed the issue beginning to rear it ugly head over the last couple of cutting sessions, but a power cycle seemed to resolve the issue. Now that doesn’t work…

September 24, 2017 Shop Log

  • Today is one of those rare days when I have the opportunity to run all three of my fabricators at once: the Shapeoko, the Stacker and the Muse.
  • The Shapeoko cut another set of yokes for the CEIA Magnetometer Storage Dolly.
  • The Stacker is printing out a filament dispenser for my Deltaprintr.
  • The Muse is engraving a architectural drawing of some of the Portland Willamette River crossing bridges.
  • While waiting for the big three to finish, I sewed up a few more feed bags for Classy.
  • The feed bag design was inspired by sandwich bags. For durability, I used poly tarps with this simple layout.
  • I wired up this 12-volt LED flood light for one of my solar recharging stations.
  • Another addition to the MakerCave Gallery…

August 28, 2017 Shop Log

  • I worked on mounting brackets for the next solar recharging station. Instead of being mounted to square perforated tube, this station will be mounted to a round solid tube. I used the Shapeoko to cut out the (4) pieces for the mounting blocks, two pieces per block. I glued the two pieces together. For better hold on the round tube, I cut a 5° angle on the mounting surface to the second half of the French cleat.
  • I did some more experimentation with the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter. More trout with A River Runs Through It quotes…
  • Did a trash and recycling run.
  • Allowing the solar recharging station catch some last rays of sun…

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