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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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The frame with all wheels, and machined parts is finally assembled on the diamond bandsaw. Still waiting for the diamond blades so I mocked it up with tape.

The table is underway, and that just leaves the motor mount. ..

More to follow. ..

Ps. The guy in the background of the first picture is Adam, and this project is completely his baby. Thanks Adam!
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More progress on the bandsaw! Assembly and final fitment is underway. Tomorrow will be the table/stand and figuring the motor mount.

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Telescope tripod parts. .. fun times

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Parts for the bandsaw mocked up.

The carbon fiber components came together very nicely! Aluminum and stainless parts are almost there. .. If you have to build a bandsaw, have fun with the design!

The last couple of photos are of the tracking and tensioning mechanism.

More to follow. ..

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We did a custom ring for a special customer last month. It is a white gold band with a “Damascus” carbon fiber inlay.

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Parts.

I was asked to figure out a tool for cutting a large carbon fiber structure, and should also cut glass. The “spine” (graphite colored part), might as well be made of carbon fiber too.

Now building a diamond band saw….

More to follow

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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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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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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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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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Last week I read a little article from an old Popular Mechanics magazine. The article explained how a person with limited tools and a kitchen stove could fashion a knife from an old file. I was half way through the article before I had started digging through my collection of bastard files to find one that I could part with.

I softened the metal as per the instructions over a stove (in this case, I used and old Coleman stove running “white gas”) until it was just past “blue” in color, and let it air cool.

I then drew out my design with a Sharpie, and cut it into shape with a 4-1/2” angle grinder. I chose a modified version of a tanto blade for several reasons, but that’s just my preference…

After cutting out its shape, I switched to a 120 grit flap wheel on the grinder, and did all the rest of the grinding with that (including the “glass breaker” on the tip of the tang).

Once everything was as it should be, I made up my own version of a paracord wrap for the handle, and then put the final edges on all three sharp sides.

At this point, I needed a way to transport and store the knife, and the article said nothing of what to use in that endeavour… So, after considering all the options of things and of materials I had in my shop, I came up with a patch of leather and got to work. By the way, this was my first leather project! After stitching it all up, and wet formed the sheath, and then grabbed my grommet kit and found a problem… All I had were bright brass grommets! I went back to my Coleman stove, and heated them up and quenched them in used motor oil, and then reheated them on the stove one last time to give them a nice “old” look. Let me note that the wet forming of the leather gave the sheath a VERY positive retention aspect, that made a retention strap/snap obsolete. 

When I got done trying not to cut myself playing with my new toy, I realized that the top stitches were vulnerable to the knife’s edge… This brings me to my last detail. I got out some copper wire, and gave the first stitch 6-8 laps, and now it’s done!

This project was super fun, and was actually free! I used only things that I had on-hand, and only pretty basic hand tools (an angle grinder is basic, right?). I am dying to make a few more now, and already know several things I would do different/ to improve the project.

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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.