Lately I’ve taken to using my CNC router in sort of a weird way. I use the stepper motors to lock down the router in two dimensions (typically X and Z), but I leave Y floating. This allows me to move the router in a straight line by hand, which both frees me from havingContinue reading “Video: Hybrid CNC Routing”
I talk with Mike Fikes about his quest to learn electronics, and in so doing, to make ClojureScript a workable option for programming a microcontroller. Crazy? Yes, yes it is. But also cool.
Lately I’ve been wondering if I should cross-post the podcast episodes on the YouTube channel. On the one hand, I think it would allow more people to come across the episodes. And I could put pictures of the things we talk about in at the appropriate moment. Or even move to recording video when IContinue reading “Crossing the Streams?”
If you watched my shop tour video, you know that my shop is absolutely crammed full. Perhaps that’s not surprising given that I’m interested in so many, many different things – woodworking and turning, 3D printing, machining, resin art, electronics, and metal casting are just a few of my current pursuits. But it is, ofContinue reading “Video: Use the Vertical”
My younger daughter is in middle school. Before things got totally locked down, she had chosen to take “engineering” as one of her second-semester electives. (We would have called this “shop class” back when I was her age.) She’s a sharp kid, though, and once it was obvious she was going to be remote, sheContinue reading “Home Eng”
I talk with my friend and former coworker Russ Olsen about making cigar box guitars, giving emotionally compelling talks to rooms full of ex-military people, and a host of other topics.
Whew! Making videos is hard work. Especially when you forget to turn the mic back on after lunch or lose a bunch of video files. Not that I know anyone that would do that. Ahem. Oh well, I’m still learning. Which, after all, is kind of the point. So here’s a video describing my progressContinue reading “Video: Electronic Leadscrew Progress, Part 2”
In software, we use the acronym PEBKAC. It stands for “Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair”, and it’s just a funny way of saying “user error”. I am a living example: I managed to publish episode 002 with the audio from episode 001. Apparently WordPress picks up on the first audio link in the post,Continue reading “Podcast Episode 002 Audio PEBKAC”
I talk with my coworker and close friend Tim Ewald about woodworking, hand tools, the fact that tools change the way you think about problems, and our changing approaches to problem solving in design and making.
A new video is up! I show my favorite way to cut plywood – with a track saw.