Video: One Hundred Subscriber Special – Shop Update Preview

I was out to dinner with the family a couple of weeks ago, and I told the kids, “Oh hey the YouTube channel has 99 subscribers. One more and maybe I’ll have to figure out some way to mark the occasion.” The 17yo took out her phone and subscribed. “Welp. Guess I’ll figure something out.”Continue reading “Video: One Hundred Subscriber Special – Shop Update Preview”

Video: Two-part Silicone Alternatives, Part 2

My high school friends and I had a term, “Crazy Quest,” that I think accurately describes my search for an alternative to two-part silicone mold making materials like OOMOO 30. At this point I’ve spent well over a hundred dollars on hardware-store silicone caulk, mineral spirits, and multiple different types of wax, all supposedly motivatedContinue reading “Video: Two-part Silicone Alternatives, Part 2”

Video: Simplifying STL Meshes

I sometimes joke that my hobbies combine only the best of the 17th and 21st centuries. But it’s sort of true – a lot of what I like to do is to move as seamlessly as possible between the virtual world of 3D models and plans and the physical where I deal with metal, wood,Continue reading “Video: Simplifying STL Meshes”

Video: Two-Part Silicone Alternatives, Part 1

As part of my exploration of metalworking in general, I’ve been gearing up to pour aluminum. But of course I need something to pour it into. Sand casting is traditional, and I’ll get to that at some point, but first I’m exploring lost wax casting. I’m interested in being able to go from a 3DContinue reading “Video: Two-Part Silicone Alternatives, Part 1”

Video: Assembly the Harbor Freight Utility Trailer

I recently purchased the Harbor Freight 1720 lb utility trailer. So far, I really like it! It’s going to make getting sheets of drywall home from the home center a lot easier than the roof rack I was previously using. It even folds up into a small enough footprint that I can store it inContinue reading “Video: Assembly the Harbor Freight Utility Trailer”

Video: Electronic Leadscrew Complete!

It works! I have completed by build of James Clough’s lathe electronic leadscrew. It was a rather straightforward matter of replacing my 3D-printed pulleys with some aluminum ones I purchased. But I’m thrilled with the result. Not only does it add push-button convenience for turning and threading, but I learned a lot about machining, electronics,Continue reading “Video: Electronic Leadscrew Complete!”

Home Eng Project #5 – Trick

My thirteen-year-old and I have continued to go into the shop for “Home Eng” (read more here) even after school has ended for her and we’ve shifted into summer mode. I have been trying to focus on shorter projects, since those seem to hold her attention a bit better. I do want to take onContinue reading “Home Eng Project #5 – Trick”