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A Homemade Box and Pan Brake – A better way

Sometimes… sometimes… you just gotta admit it. There is a better way and it ain’t yours. Actually that is what makes the net a great thing. There is always something to learn if you remain open to learn it and isn’t that the true goal: To become better and better. The only thing I wish

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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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Making a hinge mortising fixture.

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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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Brains not tools… Making an Enclosure for Electronics.

Step 1 Create the Plans.

Sometimes you just gotta do it yourself. Even if it probably makes no sense to do it. I spent a big part of the weekend building an enclosure box for the power-supply I have been using with the thermistor board. However,I consider it a success and I learned a

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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 new LibreCAD tutorial – toolbars and the divide function.

I am self taught on LibreCAD although I have used other CAD programs. I have learned some things since the first tutorials that can save some keyclicks. I think I have one more tutorial coming on these miscellaneous functions and then I will spend some time creating some blocks and show as much about the

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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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Episode 43 – Angles – A simple problem and a not so simple one

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In this episode I discuss the simple problem of making boards or pipes butt up to each other correctly for angles other than 90 degrees. Later I discuss the complete calculations for the real-life problem of my grape arbors discussed in the last episode. That is not a simple set of calculations.

The key to

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Episode 39 – Wood, what it is and how it fails.

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Wood is a universal construction material, and needs to be understood if it is used to construct almost anything. In this episode we discuss how wood grows and how it really is a composite material made up of fibers held together with a type of glue.

As the wood grows it’s growth rate is not

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