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 1, 2020 Shop Log

In preparation for our trip to Hawaii next week, I created these custom stoppers out of scraps of thin stock walnut I had left over. After ashes of Jill and Koda are placed inside April Angels, these stoppers will be glued over the bottom hole to keep the ashes inside.

I also needed to start working on Mary Kilway’s order for custom dog leash holders. Before too long Christmas will be here, I need to get them finished with plenty of time to be shipped to their appropriate parties.

I also did some experimenting with different materials other than wood, such as acrylic and card stock, for the dog shape.

However, there remained a strong preference for wood.

November 15, 2020 Shop Log

I started working on a fly rod rack to sell on Etsy.

I am trying to make it so that it is easily can be easily assembled and disassembled for easy shipping. The idea is that the buyer would bolt the uprights to the bottom and top trout to make the rack. I need to figure out how to proper install the brass thread inserts into the uprights. Tomorrow’s project.

November 12, 2020 Shop Log

Much of making is about trial and error, especially when you are trying new things, and most of the time it is most about errors. Inlays were no different.

Originally I thought I could have the rounded, bar and wording as one piece. However, the fitting of the inlay was too tight, and I ended up destroying the raised lettering trying to press in the inlay.

In typography, a counter is the area of a letterthat is entirely or partially enclosed by a letter form or a symbol (the counter-space/the hole of). The stroke that creates such a space is known as a “bowl”. Letters containing closed counters include A, B, D, O, P, Q, R, a, b, d, e, g, o, p, and q.

Also the single piece inlay didn’t account for the counters of the D in MIND and A and P in GAP. The counters that cut by the X-Carve were too small and damaged. I would have hand-cut something to fit.

The final reason not use a single piece was for easier customization of the wording in the bar. Rather than inlaying the wording and dealing with the counters of some the lettering, I decided to raise the lettering. Separating the top and bottom arcs from the center bar would make this so much easier.