Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Nut

Felice is getting ready for the Holiday Market start this weekend. She discovered that one of the nuts on the "EZ Up" booth we use was missing. No way to get a replacement nut in time...

The nut.

Turning down some cold rolled steel.


Tapping. Because it was a blind hole I used a tap which ejects the chips backwards.

I filed to make the rounded edges and cut off the nut.

You can see the original has a slot.

I didn't worry about copying it exactly...

All done.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What's been going on...

Not much, just work and play...

Henry works on a picture.

He takes his art seriously.

I was invited to the rifle range by a friend. We had fun. I rarely get the chance to shoot firearms. I have to admit I prefer the relaxing nature of airguns...the two are quite different.

Henry is chomping at the bit to learn robotics, so I downloaded Logo onto his computer. I am trying to teach him the concept of angles and polar coordinates...we'll see how it goes. Once he gets the hang of it we can take what we've learned and apply it to the Mindstorms NXT.

I came across a great jewelers blog, Blue Aluminum, well worth reading...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Obligatory Halloween Post

Happy Reformation Day!

Max, Aidan, Henry and Lauren. Or should I say Batman, Darth Vader, a sailor and a skunk. We trick-or-treated in Amy & Ryan's neighborhood because you can't do it out in the country.

Itching to start.

Henry is on his way...

First house.

Henry points the way with his flashlight. That's my dad's boyhood Brooks Brothers sailor suit.

"Trick or Treat"

Odd jack-o-lantern

That's a Frankenstein apple-o-lantern on top.

Henry blocks the view of the drunk-o-lantern, there are enough pics of those on the web anyway.

We all made ourselves sick and buzzed on candy. Max fell asleep early, Henry was wired.