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A little prototype that we are getting ready for market.

A little prototype that we are getting ready for market.

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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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New ID clamp machined from Delrin. The old white one was PTFE (Teflon), and did a great job, but didn’t hold tolerance very well.

Delrin is definitely my favorite material to machine! It’s a great confidence booster, ‘cause you can be a moron and make it look beautiful…

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I know we have been a bit bad at posting lately, but we been busy. If you want quality products, you have to be patient… For the next five days, we will be featured on Touch of Modern. Drop by and check out all of the fun!

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When you need to assemble fasteners without damaging the finish, Delrin saves the day! It took me maybe an hour to whip these up, problems solved.

When you need to assemble fasteners without damaging the finish, Delrin saves the day! It took me maybe an hour to whip these up, problems solved.

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Here is the finished light ready for install.
That’s not black paint, it’s black patina with a matte clear coat.

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This is a light I started building today for a client that requested the lighting to produce interesting rays of light in a small space.  I mocked it up with paper before I CNC plasma cut the pieces. Tomorrow it gets its guts and hopefully by next week the finish will be in place.

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So, apparently I’m in the craft of making hairpin legs for the people I care about… I may actually start producing them as a product, though there are far too many competitors out there.

My wife asked me to make four for our kids’ art table that she wanted to make as a Christmas present ti them. I made 16 instead. .. Four of them (for the kids’ art table) were made to be 20” high, painted matte turquoise on the top 5”, and clear lacquered the rest of the way down. The rest went to a few other projects for my older sister and I…

These seem to be superior to most of the commercially available units as the are made with 7/16” cold rolled steel (not 3/8” hot rolled steel), the top plates are 3/16” (not 1/8”  or 10ga.), and the legs are fillet welded at the base of the top plates AND plug welded on the top of the top plates. I made a couple of jigs that made the replication super consistent, and I can make them virtually any height.  The top plates were very easy to make, because I just plasma cut them all… I’m considering powder coating a few sets too…

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New toy for the new year. 
This compressor is ten times the compressor I used to have, even though they are both 60 gallon…

New toy for the new year.

This compressor is ten times the compressor I used to have, even though they are both 60 gallon…

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This was a fun project!

My client is remodeling a 1960’s/70’s Arizona ranch house to fall into that rustic late mid-century modern design motif. I was asked to design three gates for the pool yard, and one security for for the master bedroom. After putting in my research, and running my brain down the washboard a few dozen times, this is what I came up with…   Enjoy!

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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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I’m currently building a couple of these, but it’s a look at what’s to come… There are still several stages awaiting completion, and these should be ready within the week. I currently need to make several cuts and drill a few holes, sand blast all of the components, and finish them. Any guesses as to what I’m making? I will likely post one or both for sale on Etsy when they are finished…

More to come!

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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.