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Final Fitting of the first Do-Nothing Machine

Picture 1: The end of the last installment

Now that we have the shuttles completed and sliding freely in the base of the Do-Nothing Machine, we are ready to assemble it… or so we hoped. As normal, the way things actually happened, there were more unforeseen difficulties and a few self-created others. However, working

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A problem with scaling, and the popsicle stick project

Picture 1: Getting a feel for the strength of glued popsicle sticks

The whole idea of working with popsicle sticks was that they are relatively inexpensive and require little work space. I thought that it may be helpful to people little money and space to work with something to get some experience designing and

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Technical Datasheets and Real Power Sources.

Picture 1: Discharge data for a Duracell AA Alkaline Battery

I have been thinking for some time now about talking about technical data sheets. Luckily, while researching the net for some information about batteries for the electrical theory post, I found a very good example. This also lets us get back into talking about

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Making the shuttles for the Do-Nothing Machine

Picture 1: Determining the taper.

Frankly, I really did not know how I was going to make the shuttles. The first problem was trying to figure out how to know how much to cut off some 1/2″ X 1/2″ square rod to make it fit within the routed groves in the base plate. The

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DC Electricity – Series Sources and Parallel loads.

Picture 1 – Series Sources

This is the 2nd of 3 parts of DC electrical theory. This is also the hardest of the 3 parts because I am working hard to get us past this and into the “real” stuff. I am combining several new things in each diagram.

In the last post we

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DC electricity and Ohms Law

Picture 1: An electrical circuit

I have decided to teach several sessions on electrical theory. This is the first of the several. I thought long and hard about starting down this path because this site is about creating and making things. Unfortunately, I know of no way of creating electrical things without knowing the

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A good book and a good website.

I decided when I built this site that if there was better information somewhere else I would point toward it. That is what this post is about. I am going to recommend a book about using a router and also a very good website about popsicle stick bridge design.

The New Router Handbook

A router

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