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I finally finished the diamond bandsaw. We are still waiting for the diamond bandsaw blades to show up for testing.

I’ll likely have to do some fine tuning after initial testing. ..

I’ll post the results after a successful cut is made.

Ps. The pump testing while I took these photos had us all looking for toilet!

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Z-braket for CNC height control. 65+ lbs of aluminum…

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I have a customer that I was able to do lots of different things for in the last year. A while back, she asked me for a dinner bell, this is what I came up with. Every part was found and reconfigured, or made from scratch, even the mounting fasteners. No welds are visible anywhere!

You may notice the gate I made in the background…
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This was I little project that I did recently. 
I swapped out the plasma torch on my cnc plasma table for a router, and taught myself the programming to complete the sign. I had been wanting to try this ever since I got my table, and was finally given the opportunity when a local graphic designer came knocking. After some heavy thought, I got the router mounted and VERY slowly figured out how to make the program run the router.
The circle with the bird in it, is 1/4” hot rolled steel with a beeswax finish, and is flush with the surface of the wood.
The text near the bottom is 1/8” hot rolled steel, and also beeswaxed and sunk flush into the wood.

This was I little project that I did recently.

I swapped out the plasma torch on my cnc plasma table for a router, and taught myself the programming to complete the sign. I had been wanting to try this ever since I got my table, and was finally given the opportunity when a local graphic designer came knocking. After some heavy thought, I got the router mounted and VERY slowly figured out how to make the program run the router.

The circle with the bird in it, is 1/4” hot rolled steel with a beeswax finish, and is flush with the surface of the wood.

The text near the bottom is 1/8” hot rolled steel, and also beeswaxed and sunk flush into the wood.

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A credenza That I made for my wife for her birthday. Oh, and six shelves… If you look closely, the breaks between the shelves are staggered. This took more layout and attention to detail than you would believe! All of the shelf brackets are welded to the shelves, and had to be dead-on to hit studs. I chose to put the shelf brackets on top to act as bookends, and when books are actually in place, the shelf brackets disappear. This causes the viewer to see the lateral shelves as floating pieces of 10 gauge (1/8”) platforms with no obvious retainers.

The credenza is 3/4” square tubing, skinned with 14 gauge HRS, and the doors are 1/4” birch veneer plywood. I had to make custom bypass door tracks from scratch to accommodate my design. I plasma cut the counter top out of 10 gauge HRS, and finished it with beeswax. If you look close, you can see the cord grommet that I incorporated.

Hope you like it!

PS… I know my photos suck, but you get the idea!

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We needed a few things to knock over at the range… The bottle cap on the left is for scale (it’s 5-6” tall).
Two pigs, and six chickens!
Chickens are placed at 200 meters, and pigs are at 300 meters. We generally shoot with iron sights, and show-up the guys with big $ optics.

We needed a few things to knock over at the range… The bottle cap on the left is for scale (it’s 5-6” tall).

Two pigs, and six chickens!

Chickens are placed at 200 meters, and pigs are at 300 meters. We generally shoot with iron sights, and show-up the guys with big $ optics.

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I was asked to make “pipe clamps” and “collars” for 8 16” OD pipes.

I designed the “pipe clamps” (1st picture) like a shaft collar with a compression fit. These are to stop the 3000 lb. pipes from sliding into a hole when placed upright.

The “collars” (2nd picture, and on the right), I used the same fastening system as above, but these guys have a different purpose… They are meant to clamp on the top of the pipe, and to attach 3 legs at 120 degrees of each other for “plumbing up”.

Then, they asked me to go ahead and design feet (3rd picture) for the “plumbing up” legs, and produce them as well.

That’s;

8- sets of “pipe clamps” for the bases,

8- sets of “plumbing up” collars,

24- feet for the legs

and I plasma cut all 278 pieces it took to make all 40 finished parts.

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I have needed a tool post grinder for a long time… So, I made up a simple tool holder last week to fit on my QCTP (quick change tool post), and it uses my old Dremel flex shaft.

Right after this photo was taken, I shut the lathe down, but did not shut down the grinder… When I rotated the work piece, my pinky found the grinder…

I have needed a tool post grinder for a long time… So, I made up a simple tool holder last week to fit on my QCTP (quick change tool post), and it uses my old Dremel flex shaft.

Right after this photo was taken, I shut the lathe down, but did not shut down the grinder… When I rotated the work piece, my pinky found the grinder…

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Here’s the jig for the top of the chair. It’s all 1/4”  A36 plate. Still need to make the bending dies, and a stand for the whole thing… The chair only uses two pieces of steel rod, hence the two part jig.

Here’s the jig for the top of the chair. It’s all 1/4” A36 plate. Still need to make the bending dies, and a stand for the whole thing… The chair only uses two pieces of steel rod, hence the two part jig.

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Some wheel cutouts that were commissioned by a loyal follower. Thanks Osiflandia!

Some wheel cutouts that were commissioned by a loyal follower. Thanks Osiflandia!

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After a week of trying to troubleshoot a crippling problem in the amazing automatic torch height control (ATHC), and having to order a new one, I spotted this… Two tiny little resistors that look a bit crispy! $.80 worth of parts had left me sleepless in worry for a week!

After a week of trying to troubleshoot a crippling problem in the amazing automatic torch height control (ATHC), and having to order a new one, I spotted this… Two tiny little resistors that look a bit crispy! $.80 worth of parts had left me sleepless in worry for a week!

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This is the prettiest cut and the longest cut I could get after the machine went crazy from those two little crispy resistors..

This is the prettiest cut and the longest cut I could get after the machine went crazy from those two little crispy resistors..

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In the process of running that beast, this wonder of modern technology took a dump. This is a pretty sophisticated automatic torch height control, and it makes plasma cutting awesome! When It’s working…

In the process of running that beast, this wonder of modern technology took a dump. This is a pretty sophisticated automatic torch height control, and it makes plasma cutting awesome! When It’s working…

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This is a Smokey picture, and it was hard enough to see through the cloud, so I’m happy that you can see anything… It’s what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks. Running a commercial CNC plasma table. Since I start this side project, I am now running three businesses and getting tired…

This is a Smokey picture, and it was hard enough to see through the cloud, so I’m happy that you can see anything… It’s what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks. Running a commercial CNC plasma table. Since I start this side project, I am now running three businesses and getting tired…