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The Second Baby-Step with the Box and Pan Brake.

The clamp board with the steel edge

Remember, the reason babies are made close to the ground is so when they fall they don’t have very far to fall. Well, I am no baby, but I can avoid wasting a lot of time, money, and effort by moving forward in small steps and testing

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Progress on the Sheet Metal Box and Pan Brake.

The Brake Base and Hinged Board

I have mortised the hinges using the fixture I described in “Making a Hinge Mortising Fixture” and have assembled the boards as I described in “The Hinged Plate for a Sheet Metal Bending Brake”. Like always there is good news and there is bad news. I think there

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Making a hinge mortising fixture.

Router Guide Bushing

In computer programming there is a term called “stuck in an endless loop”. Usually programs do the same thing over and over using different numbers and if you somehow forget to tell the program how to stop executing the loop it just continuously keeps doing the loop forever. Sometimes us humans

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Finishing up the Enclosure for the Power Supply

The final enclosure with everything mounted

Way back there I did all the sheet metal bending to form an enclosure box for my power supply. (Post “Brains not tools… Making an Enclosure for Electronics“). I did not like the power supply board open because it has 120 V on it in some areas and

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Removing old, glued down, vinyl flooring.

The room after we were done with it.

This site is not about typical do-it-yourself home remodeling but I just put a large amount of effort in doing just that and I think I have something to add so I will add it. The room was in bad shape and our Granddaughter will be

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Graphical Construction: Drawing a circle tangent to other circles

An actual problem solved. The build of wire making a coil

Tonight’s post is a graphical construction that does not have a built-in function in CAD. Drawing circles tangent to other circles was an actual problem I had to “go back to the books” to solve a problem. The picture to the left is

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Graphical Construction – A line crossing the center line and tangent to two circles.

Tangent to two circles but on opposite sides.

Tonight’s post is again graphical construction and is very similar to the last post. The major difference is the line between the two circles goes to opposite sides of the circles. At first glance this “cross belt” configuration sounds unusual so I included in the video

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Graphical Construction – A line tangent to two circles.

A scene from tonight’s video

Very often it is necessary to draw a line that is tangent to two circles. A pulley going around two pulleys, or a rope tied around a cylinder and pulled around a pulley are but two examples. It was something I had to draw when I was determining the

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Graphical Construction – A Circle Tangent to two lines.

A scene from the Video

A new graphical construction video was posted tonight. This shows how to make a circle that is tangent to two lines. Things are starting to get a little more complicated now and we will be using some of the techniques we have already learned to be able to draw

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Graphical Construction? I don’t need no stinkin’ Graphical Construction.

Some Initial fitting of circles to copy the hair brush

“Why?” As adults we have all been been around a pain-in-the-neck child that continued to ask that question. As children we may have been that child. Some of us might have even been that pain-in-the-neck as adults. All of us realize time is limited

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