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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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"Thanks for your help on this! Definitely one of the coolest pieces of hardware in my house."
- (a submission from Adam)
Adam is one of my greatest friends, and I LOVE making things for him! This was his design for an awesome little shelf to throw his EDC at the end of the day.

"Thanks for your help on this! Definitely one of the coolest pieces of hardware in my house."

- (a submission from Adam)


Adam is one of my greatest friends, and I LOVE making things for him! This was his design for an awesome little shelf to throw his EDC at the end of the day.

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This project is a little cooling fan that I made for my 2”x72” belt grinder. It runs off the rear shaft of the treadmill motor that is the muscle behind the grinder. It forces cool air through the rear of the motor to flywheel at the front (where the contact/drive pulley sits). The blade pitch is 45 degrees (five blades in all), and is about 3” in diameter. I made a custom hub to attach it to the drive shaft, and I plasma cut the fan blade itself. I designed the fan blade in AutoCAD, and imported it to the plasma cam software. It’s pretty cool having fun tools to fix equipment with!

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A little lamp shade that I threw together with only about five minutes in design and fabrication. No welding, no tools, just a quick cut out, and hand bent with only my fingers.

A little lamp shade that I threw together with only about five minutes in design and fabrication. No welding, no tools, just a quick cut out, and hand bent with only my fingers.

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I made a quick coat/pants rack for my closet… A few mess ups in the cutting, but otherwise hard as H@!!…

I made a quick coat/pants rack for my closet… A few mess ups in the cutting, but otherwise hard as H@!!…

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Progress shot via Jesus’ iPhone of my current project. In total, it will be over 50’ of all aluminum fence/wall around an outdoor seating area at a local restaurant.

Progress shot via Jesus’ iPhone of my current project. In total, it will be over 50’ of all aluminum fence/wall around an outdoor seating area at a local restaurant.

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This is my temporary down-draft exhaust for the plasma table. I had to get something up and running quickly, and my dad helped me knock this out in a day. The finished project will have duct work plumbed through the shop so I don’t have to wheel a giant fan out to the end of the table each time I use it…

This is my temporary down-draft exhaust for the plasma table. I had to get something up and running quickly, and my dad helped me knock this out in a day. The finished project will have duct work plumbed through the shop so I don’t have to wheel a giant fan out to the end of the table each time I use it…

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I just mocked up the new mobile base for the PlasmaCAM. It only needs a coat of paint, and a detachable plasma cutter rack to stow the “business generator” under the table. Next up material handling rack/table for storing sheets and loading the table. I’ll shoot a few pictures of the next few items I end up making.

I just mocked up the new mobile base for the PlasmaCAM. It only needs a coat of paint, and a detachable plasma cutter rack to stow the “business generator” under the table. Next up material handling rack/table for storing sheets and loading the table. I’ll shoot a few pictures of the next few items I end up making.

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Keyboard, etc. drawer. Did I mention this computer cabinet was almost entirely made of recycled and free materials? The only parts I purchased were the casters and blue paint…. the frame was made from a porch swing that my neighbour through away, the melamine came from a treadmill, the acrylic widow was out of a drugstore display, and the drawer guides were from an old sink display from my last job. Almost forgot, the cooling fan for the computer enclosure was something I found 8 years ago in the trash.

Keyboard, etc. drawer. Did I mention this computer cabinet was almost entirely made of recycled and free materials? The only parts I purchased were the casters and blue paint…. the frame was made from a porch swing that my neighbour through away, the melamine came from a treadmill, the acrylic widow was out of a drugstore display, and the drawer guides were from an old sink display from my last job. Almost forgot, the cooling fan for the computer enclosure was something I found 8 years ago in the trash.

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New computer cabinet for the PlasmaCAM. Just something quick and dirty to keep the nasties out of the computer. It’s self cooling with filtered air supplied from a 5” fan, a 4 square foot drawer (to stow keyboard, mouse, software, and consumables), and four swivel casters that all lock to keep it in place. I had to paint it, so I just matched it to the table… Next up, mobile base for the table, sheet material handler, and massive downdraft exhaust system.

New computer cabinet for the PlasmaCAM. Just something quick and dirty to keep the nasties out of the computer. It’s self cooling with filtered air supplied from a 5” fan, a 4 square foot drawer (to stow keyboard, mouse, software, and consumables), and four swivel casters that all lock to keep it in place. I had to paint it, so I just matched it to the table… Next up, mobile base for the table, sheet material handler, and massive downdraft exhaust system.

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New electrical pulled to the west side of my shop.  3 220v outlets, 4 duplex receptacles (8 110v outlets). Hopefully this will cover that side of the shop until I can just get a new shop. Next up, big downdraft exhaust system for the PlasmaCAM, and a computer cabinet to protect the control computer.

New electrical pulled to the west side of my shop. 3 220v outlets, 4 duplex receptacles (8 110v outlets). Hopefully this will cover that side of the shop until I can just get a new shop. Next up, big downdraft exhaust system for the PlasmaCAM, and a computer cabinet to protect the control computer.

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Need a weird switch plate for the new outlet to power my belt grinder, but I could not find one in stores. Designed in just a few minutes and test “cut” with a silver Sharpie on black melamine.

Need a weird switch plate for the new outlet to power my belt grinder, but I could not find one in stores. Designed in just a few minutes and test “cut” with a silver Sharpie on black melamine.

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PlasmaCAM, during assembly.

PlasmaCAM, during assembly.

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It’s been a while since my last post, and I’ve been busy. Here is a a quick picture of my newest piece of equipment. It’s a CNC plasma table and apparently you can put a router on it too to do 3D wood carving/cutting. I’m still getting it all configured and plumbed. I need to get a few more outlets dragged to that side of the shop, and a BIG exhaust collection system to keep the shop safe and tidy. Any luck and I should have everything in place in another week or two, if I can stay on top of the rings…

It’s been a while since my last post, and I’ve been busy. Here is a a quick picture of my newest piece of equipment. It’s a CNC plasma table and apparently you can put a router on it too to do 3D wood carving/cutting. I’m still getting it all configured and plumbed. I need to get a few more outlets dragged to that side of the shop, and a BIG exhaust collection system to keep the shop safe and tidy. Any luck and I should have everything in place in another week or two, if I can stay on top of the rings…

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Couldn’t resist snapping a picture. Still dying to uncrate the whole thing and build it… Once the shed is up!!!

Couldn’t resist snapping a picture. Still dying to uncrate the whole thing and build it… Once the shed is up!!!