Friday, June 22, 2007
"My Lego racecar and this guy fixing it. The pipe is sticking up."
"I don't want to write it in because I don't want to give it a name."
"I had to take a picture so people could see what it looks like. Choo-Choo at a station"
Now a few I took:
Max, controlling a red car.
Last Saturday, desperate for a project, I decided to make cottage cheese, or rather paneer, with Henry. It turned out well. This shows the loose curds being strained. We used the above cottage cheese recipe from Good Eats, but only a quarter of the amount, and then pressed it like paneer. It came out well and was enjoyed by all.
Gregg and Kent relaxing on a Thursday night.
Bill about to shoot, I took the picture in hopes of distracting him. He did miss the shot.
Clif grinding an end mill on the tool and cutter grinder.
Gregg made the nested cube project from the latest issue of Digital Machinist. The one on the right shows the cubes before separation.
And now a two more links:
Our HTML earrings showed up in a magazine in Hong Kong.
The Hummus Blog
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Lever B loosens the spring tension that clamps together the steel leaves at C. The steel leaves are slotted and are constrained by that rod, allowing the seat to adjust. In my case the seat adjustment was not locking. Tightening nut A by about a half turn completely fixed the problem, allowing the seat to be adjusted when the lever is depressed, and locking when released.
So the University, rather than having a maintenance man adjust the mechanism, sold me a $120.00+ chair for $5.00
The chair in all it's awesome and functional glory. I'm sitting in it now as I type this...
And now, some links I've been saving up for you to peruse:
How To Make a Ring in 19 Steps
Homebrew CNC surface mount PickNPlace machine using a Taig CNC mill
You Tube video of Taig CNC mill turning bushings like a lathe
Autodesk Inventor LT is free for a year
Plans de moteurs simples
Really Cool Mechanical Art
Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Technical Info
A brief discussion on sheetmetal cutting tools, methods and practices
Here's how to build The Illusionist Locket from common craft store items
Need rubber bands?
Kwik Check Hole Gages. Yes, I have one...
Here's another take on html earrings.
The African Experience in India
Africans in India
Thursday, June 07, 2007
After some sleuthing, we found that they were on the front page of Digg.com. Digg isn't a site I read normally, but is one of those that will bring your site down if you don't have enough bandwidth. The comments about our earrings are hilarious. The post about our earrings has since moved down to the 2nd page of the "7 days" page. Because they were on Digg, they also were linked by many different blogs. Only a few had anything mildly interesting to say, such as these two: Gomeler.com and Clicked. As you can see, I left comments on both, as I did at the end of the Digg posting. Our friend Miss C. also linked to them on Neatorama.
Here I am milling many pairs of the earrings. At this point we only had enough silver to mill earrings for the orders we had, although later that day some more silver showed up from Hoover and Strong.
This is what happens when you work too hard. The mistake on the left is when you use an endmill on a toolpath meant for an engraving tool, and on the right when you set the depth of the engraving tool to .03" rather than .003"
The earrings are somewhat labor intensive to make, in spite of using the CNC mill. I did get into a good workflow with them towards the end of the fad (sold two pairs today, but we can tell the end is near). Now we live in fear of lost packages, returns and all the sundry other hassles that come with people buying items on a whim. It will still probably be worth it. All in all it netted a comparable sum of money as one good day at an outdoor craft market. It certainly is a lesson why Etsy is a good host for our jewelry, had our old jewelry site been linked to, it would have crashed from bandwidth overload in minutes.