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Processes and Projects.

Tonight’s post is a shift in direction. (Only momentary for those of you that want me to get back into the electronics… we will return.) I have been very busy the last month setting up a hydroponics garden. This is the first of a series talking about using the process of gardening to lead me

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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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Theory Vs. Reality: First Comes the Assumpton Then It All Goes to Hell

This is a post where I could think of a lot of very funny names and titles, but when it came down to the actually writing one I chose the term I most often use in professional life. “First comes the Assumption Then It all Goes to Hell”. Very often the calculations and number crunching

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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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LibreCAD Tutorial – Adding Blocks to the Parts Library

A small library of nuts

In this tutorial we are taking the library of nuts we have created the final step and adding them to the Library Browser. Although this sounds as if it is a minor step there are a lot of gotcha’s and things to think about. Foremost of all is as

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LibreCAD Tutorial – Building and Using a Library of Parts.

Finally we are to a point of building a library of parts to use over and over in different drawings. In this video I show one way of using a library of those parts in your actual drawings. I call this the cut and paste method. In the next video I will show you

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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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LibreCAD Tutorial – Using Blocks Part 2

This is a continuation of the previous post: Using Blocks Part 1. Many modify functions in LibreCAD work fine with blocks. These functions such as trim, scale, copy, and mirror do not affect the block. However, functions such as round, bevel, & stretch would modify the block so those cannot be used with blocks. Please

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A new LibreCAD tutorial – Blocks Part 1

No. 6 Nuts

When designing a project, often the same things are used over and over. It is good to have these available for easy insertion into a drawing. These are called blocks in CAD and can be thought of similar to “rubber stamps”. These are helpful, but some planning and thought must be

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The Hinged Plate for the Metal Brake.

The design I am going with for the small metal brake

The old statement is: “Why are babies small?” Answer: ” So they don’t have very far to fall while trying to learn to walk”. The point of the statement is: When trying to do something new it is always best to try to

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