November 14, 2021 Shop Log

I finished an order for some custom national park signs.

In between coats of paint and sealer, I did some experimenting with my picket sign-holding Sasquatch design.

The best indicator of skill is the ability to consistently reproduce results. I made another attempt at carving the island of Maui, hoping to learn from my previous mistakes. I am pleased with my result.

February 10, 2021 Shop Log

The latest few days I have been working on designing a LEGO minifig display, and here is my first attempt

One of my biggest misgiving about this first attempt is how I oriented the LEGO brick I used to hold the minifig on the display. I positioned the 4×4 brick so that the minifig would be attached to the brick at the back of the legs rather that from the bottom of the feet. The issue is that this doesn’t allow the minifig to stand straight up, but is bent slightly forward. Back to the drawing board…

Rather than orientating the mounting LEGO brick vertically, I needed to orientate it horizontally. However, the 1/2” MDF board was not going to provide enough depth. To get more depth, I made the display out of two 1/2” MDF patterns and glued them together. I also created a paper backing (think of it as wallpaper) for each minifig space, because of the difficulty to sand and paint the inside of each space.

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.

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.