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I’ve been meaning to have a “touch mark” made to sign my work with… In the meantime, I tried my hand at making my own.

I took an old air hammer chisel, torched it until red hot and let it air cool. Once cooled, I put it in the band saw to cut off the chisel end, and faced it off in my lathe. With my layout fluid applied, I drew in my design. Next, I grabbed an old cold chisel ground it to a teardrop shape. Now that I had the the teardrop punch, I reheated the air hammer chisel to red hot, and punched in the two teardrop shapes. A little touch up grinding to make the design even and flat, and the I oil hardened it.

I’ve used it >20 times now, and it shows no wear, and looks as if I just finished it.

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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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These are a few name frames that I made for a friend to give to his in laws for Christmas.  The top photo shows the completed look. They are all 18 gage cold rolled steel, that has been hammered out to mimic the sheet metal techniques of the craftsman who worked for Gaudi. The style is in reminiscence of the Casa Mila entrance doors, with my own design and fabrication stylings. The tiles were supplied and purchased by my friend while on holiday in Barcelona.  The black color of the finished frames was a chemical plating/patina that I used to turn the steel matte black. Enjoy!

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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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It’s a bad photo, I know… 
A customer asked if we could cut a groove offset of center around a ring, and this was the result. Ironically, The first ring blank I grabbed was my exact size. I will where it for a week, and see how it holds up to my abuse, and observe its comfort factor. So far, the groove feels mildly “sharp”…
We will see if this could be a new option for all of my rings..

It’s a bad photo, I know…

A customer asked if we could cut a groove offset of center around a ring, and this was the result. Ironically, The first ring blank I grabbed was my exact size. I will where it for a week, and see how it holds up to my abuse, and observe its comfort factor. So far, the groove feels mildly “sharp”…

We will see if this could be a new option for all of my rings..

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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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So, I’m in the smack-middle of building a jig to bend steel rod into chairs. It’s a two part jig, the base (shown), and the top. Look close for the awesome joinery at the corners… Many more posts to come on this project!

So, I’m in the smack-middle of building a jig to bend steel rod into chairs. It’s a two part jig, the base (shown), and the top. Look close for the awesome joinery at the corners… Many more posts to come on this project!

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Name plaques for a finished product.

Name plaques for a finished product.

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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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PlasmaCAM, during assembly.

PlasmaCAM, during assembly.

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This monstrosity is something I absolutely had to assemble so that I can move 33% of my shop out to make room. Yep, room for the CNC plasma cutter that is going to be installed in my shop in the next few days! Stay tuned for less ugly projects as they start falling onto your dashboards…


That broad side facing you may need some deco to church it up a bit… Got ideas? send me a note!

This monstrosity is something I absolutely had to assemble so that I can move 33% of my shop out to make room. Yep, room for the CNC plasma cutter that is going to be installed in my shop in the next few days! Stay tuned for less ugly projects as they start falling onto your dashboards…


That broad side facing you may need some deco to church it up a bit… Got ideas? send me a note!