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Stiffening up the Homemade Box and Pan Brake

The brace to stiffen the box and pan brake.

After doing a lot of work in previous tests I determined the brake could get the job done on small pieces of metal but just could not get it done on longer pieces because the hinged board was bowing when I applied the force necessary

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More Testing Work on the Homemade Box and Pan Brake

Gap between the hinged board at 90 degrees and the base board with no metal.

Another step forward with the brake project. I cannot say the light at the end of the tunnel is very bright yet, but I am pretty sure it is not a train. I am a whole lot more hopeful

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Debugging the Homemade Box and Pan Brake.

The stiffening bar on the back f the hinged piece

In the last Post “Test 2 of The Box and Pan Brake – Making Progress” I said I was making progress. I am beginning to feel right now I am not although I think I am. Most blogs and D.I.Y. articles do not post

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Test 2 of The Box and Pan Brake – Making Progress

Using Deep C clamps to clamp the clamping board

In the last post about the brake “The Second Baby-Step with the Box and Pan Brake , the problem I had was the clamping board slipped backward when I bent the metal. This gave me a very rounded corner. To fix that problem I purchased

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Popsicle Crane Update No. 3

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The Plan for the Butt of the Crane Boom

Much progress has been made on the construction of the popsicle stick crane. At the last crane update I had built built the major part of the boom and some pulleys. Since that time I have figured out how to make the pulleys spin fairly

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Popsicle Crane Update

Cutting a Popsicle Stick

 

Details, details details. Details seem to be everything, but sometimes you don’t even know the details you need to know. Since constructing the popsicle test tower I have learned a lot. Unfortunately, there is not yet a lot to show because I am working slow and methodically to do

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Constructing Popsicle Beams

Four 2 X 3 Popsicle Columns

In the last post I made some recommendations for tools and parts for electronics experimentation. I will do the same for popsicle construction, but there is a lot less to recommend.

Elmer’s Glue-All – Available almost everywhere. Because it is very important to the results of your project,

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Revisiting the Do-Nothing Machine one more time – The most critical part.

The Working Painted Do-Nothing

During the final final fit of the Do-Nothing Machine I ran into a few more problems. Like always, I eventually worked through the problems and also like always I learned something.

To “honor” the political season getting kicked off this week I decided to paint the Do-Nothing Red White and

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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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Episode 37 – A summary and where we are headed.

After the long hard recent posts it seemed like a good time to take a look at where we have been and to look down the road at where we are headed.

In this blog / podcast I have talked so far about measuring things and geometry.

We started with a line and how to

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