March 24, 2019 Shop Log

I haven’t used the Millermatic 211 MIG Welder in a long time. The last few days ago I started welding together new Solar Charging Station Frames to replace the wooden weather-worn ones I had made a couple of years ago. I created Solar Charging Stations and placed them around the Amphitheater to power time lapse cameras and work lights.
I used SketchUp 2019 to design the replacements, using 1″ steel tube, 1-1/2″ angle steels and 2″ flat steel. I’ll use 2″ muffler clamps to mount some of the stations onto 2″ diameter poles.
My welding and assembly got better with practice.

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.

January 26, 2019 Shop Log

I decided to start making some work-holding tools I found on the Shapeoko User Group on Facebook, some cam holding clamps and holding L-brackets.
While the Shapeoko ran its job, I cut some additional directional signage for the Amphitheater on the GCC Expert24LX Vinyl Cutter. However, I just noticed a mistake. The signage was to read Main Gates, not Plaza Gates.
I also fired up the Stacker 500 to start printing the nave of the Sagrada Familia model.
I finished drilling the mounting holes and installing the mounting T-nuts on the backings for the Amphitheater Parking Lot Solar Work Light Panels.
The L-brackets I found on Facebook weren’t designed from my X-Carve CNC Router, so I decided to design one myself. It will be 3D-printed rather than cut from MDF.

January 12, 2019 Shop Log

While doing some computer work, I loaded the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter with a fresh piece of 3mm birch plywood and ran a cutting job of the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower model.
Using SketchUp, I quickly drafted and created a stand for my Cetus3D Printer at home.
The end result worked out well, gaining me some additional precious desktop space.
And while at it, I also created a stand for my Monoprice Select Mini at home.

I also updated my copy of Vectric VCarve 7.5 for Shopbot to VCarve Pro 9.5. I now have another software package to 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.