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> 1000˚F

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[Ooops, it was a bit warmer than 800 F] Well as luck would have it Uncle Gary was cleaning up and unearthed an older steel fire extinguisher! Our foundry was complete. That night we cleaned and gutted the fire extinguisher and … Continue reading

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Family Foundry – The curing run….

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Got a a few more things done since the last post including a “dry” run tonight without a crucible (it arrives on Friday or Saturday). Below is the foundry the next morning with the blower pipe attached. I messed up the … Continue reading

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It begins again…. Schicks and Aluminum

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Tonight Nicholas, Stephen and I started to make our first backyard foundry. This one is based on Grant Thompson’s design which I felt was the safest choice for our first venture into the “molten” metal arts. Here’s Nick under the cover … Continue reading

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Maker Faire 2014 and Slowing down…..

It was a great weekend.  Seeing the fair through my kids eyes is always good, especially building spaceships from scrap at the SCRAP booth – please check them out. I’ll post more picks later, but wanted to throw this next … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!!!! Plasma cutters and Peep torture!!!!

Greetings All, Well I’ve been holding back some activities since I wanted to surprise Andie this morning. A few weeks ago I found a large, odd shaped piece of 1/8″ steel sheet in the dumpster and knew it had a … Continue reading

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Not quite 80/20…

Again, it’s been months since I’ve posted to my woefully neglected blog, but we’ve been busy making stuff and having fun. Found a bunch of t-slot and soon realized it isn’t the fabled 80/20 but a knock off. I discovered … Continue reading

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ATTiny Fun.

The tree arrived last Sunday and with it my age old worry about it drying out before Christmas. In a house as busy as ours this is a big issue. Enter Atmels ATTiny85. This is a small easily programmable micro … Continue reading

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My First solder stencil.

I would have rather cut this on the laser but I had to let my TechShop membership lapse (neither time nor money). But Pololu made quick work of it. I’ll look around for instructions on wave soldering with my oven … Continue reading

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More FabScan progress

Just a quick note and picture. Work is getting intense this month so I may not be able to touch this for a few weeks. Then again I may use it to procrastinate This is a finished FabScan shield where … Continue reading

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Purple PCBs!!!!!

My FabScan shields arrived from OSH Park and the boards are purple! Awesome. On my Prusa I had used only purple heat shrink, now I might even be able to get a purple mega and ramps board!

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