January 3, 2020 Shop Log

I reused the wheel base for the dust collector, which I no longer needed since I mounted it to the wall. I added sides to the base to create a rolling bin that fits perfectly underneath the RTJ-1390I Laser Cutter. I will use it to store scrap material for the laser cutter.

Sindhu Kuhle and Patty Barrett came over to finish their quote signs this morning. Today they applied finishing wax to their signs. They went from their ideas laid out on Easel to a physical sign in two classes. They seemed pleased with the end results.

I started cutting out the fly rod rack from the Oregon white oak boards on the X-Carve CNC Router

I ran a practice burn on a scrap piece of the oak. I think I want to engrave a Norman Maclean quote along the belly of the top trout.

January 2, 2021 Shop Log

I continue to tweak the design of the April Angel storage boxes I think this is the final design as I made it more fitting to the angel’s size.

McKenzie and I stopped at Goby this morning, and I picked up some Oregon white oak boards to make another fly rod holder to sell on Etsy. I started redesigning to correct some of the problems I ran into with the first one.

January 1, 2020 Shop Log

I finished two more orders for custom dog leash holders. They are boxed and ready to be shipped.

I also worked on rounded storage boxes for the April Angels. Rather than using plywood, I tried the thin walnut stock. I didn’t have much luck with the flex hinges in the corners. The walnut was just too brittle.

However, I like experimenting with different mediums and decided to try acrylic. Here is the result.

December 27, 2020 Shop Log

I purchased from 8MP Camera from LightBurn and added it to the RTL-1390I Laser Cutter. Before installation, I printed a mount and then installed it on the inside of the lid, running the USB cord along the lid frame and drilling a hole in an access panel so that I could plug it into the MakerCave iMac. The camera will allow me to snap an image overlay of the bed and allow me to place cut files more accurately on the material.

I filled twelve April Angels with Jill’s and Koda’s ashes, readying them for eventual distribution.

I also laser cut storage boxes for the April Angels I am sending to friends and family.

As I have been using the RTJ-1390I laser cutter, I have been experiencing the issue of smaller cut pieces dropping through the knife table and then being burnt as the laser head passes overhead. I remembered that I had some metal grating material left over from a previous project, which provided an excellent solution to this problem.

I started cutting for the fourth Simba Simple Chair, cutting two out of the eight needed parts panels.

December 23, 2020 Shop Log

These notes and observations are actually from a couple of days ago. I have been lacking in recording the happenings at MakerCave. I installed 4” piping to exhaust the new laser cutter, running it overhead with the dust collection piping and eliminating the trip hazard of the flex-hose on the floor.

My friend Terry visited MakerCave, and visits during a pandemic are moments to be cherished. While we talked, I demonstrated the capabilities of the new laser cutter. I quickly whipped up a heart box template and we cut a nice gift for his wife he could take home at the end of our visit.