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New server, same old look!

YAY! Everything is back up and running on the new host. I just switched to a new Virtual Private Server from DreamHost. More to come.

The Hammer

One of the first projects I decided on when I bought my lathe was a brass hammer. There were several reasons for this choice. First, a hammer has a fairly simple profile and seemed apt for a first project. Second, I gave me the opportunity to learn/improve several different skills in one project. Third, I [...]

Learning a workflow

I’ve been learning all kinds of new things over the last two weeks since getting my laser table up and running under computer control. Working out a good workflow for going from drawing to tool paths to gcode to finished project running on the table is not the easiest thing in the world. I am [...]

Quick and simple tach project

When I bought my mini lathe, one of the first things I noticed is that there is a port on the control panel for a tachometer. Unfortunately, the official tach costs about $127 and looks like this. I decided that since the port was already there and the tach just plugged right in, the signal [...]

Working with metal

I recently decided to upgrade my home shop a bit with some metal working tools. I bought a 6″ bench grinder, a metal-cutting band saw and a 7×16 mini lathe. I’ve also been looking around at all the various options for mini lathes and I’ve mostly decided on one particular brand. Unfortunately, it isn’t in [...]