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A most useful tool and some announcements.

Measuring a coil diameter

Tonight’s Post is in some ways almost an embarrassment to admit. I have finally purchased a digital calliper and have found it to be one of the most useful tools I have ever purchased. Before going into details about that I have a few announcements to make about this website

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Making a Clamp into a Spreader.

The clamp being used as a spreader

As I said in the last post I took a little time off to zoom out and think about the direction of this blog. Also as I stated I worked on some maintenance both on this site as well as at home and my vehicles. Some of

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Soldering Irons, Soldering Pencils and Soldering Stations.

A Cheap Soldering Iron

In the last post “Soldering – Construction of Electronics” posted a video about the skills of soldering. In this post I will talk about the tool necessary to do the job. I really do not have a recommendation, because the iron I currently use I would not recommend. I will

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Making a fixture to cut dovetail slots – Making the do-nothing machine manually

The Do-nothing machine base with hand cut slots.

I have read many many places that you can cut dovetail slots in a board by hand. They say use a saw to cut the outer edges and then use a chisel to remove the material in the center. That all sounds good, except I was

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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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Routing the base of the Do-Nothing Machine

 

Picture 1 – Setting the router depth.

I managed to route the grooves for the do-nothing machine this weekend. This post is the step-by-step description of the process; including the “stupid” things I did. We have all been told experience is the best teacher, but as my father used to say: “It is

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Post 62A – Doing Something for Nothing (Do-Nothing Machine)

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The first version of the do-nothing machine will be the standard “toy” version. I have a purpose in mind for this that will require a fairly large version. The first step was to look for materials, so off to the local home materials “big box store”. I wanted something inexpensive for the 1st attempt

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Episode 34 – Cutting and Sawing Part 3

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This episode talks about fixtures and setups to do highly accurate cuts with a portable circuilar saw. The same information as contained on this blog is also available in a pdf file. Cutting and Sawing Part 3 Notes.

The first thing discussed is the necessity to try to support the piece of wood

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Episode 33 – Cutting and Sawing Part 2

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In this episode I discuss the various adjustments and features of a portable circular saw, sometimes called a Skill Saw. This episode builds upon the material talked about in Episode 31. Although everything is talked about in the audio of this file, it was necessary to add a lot of visual in this also. I

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Episode 31 – Cutting and Sawing part 1

Close up of the carbide tips on a Circular Saw Blade

This is the first of probably three episodes talking about cutting and sawing. The main topics are saw set, and the number of teeth per inch on saw blades and the width of the saw cut, or saw kerf created by the saw blade.

Binding of the saw blade is discussed and the reason for

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