Backyard Workshop is a site for my various hobbies, including my homemade CNC machine, Reprap 3d printer, metalworking on my Enco 3-in1 machine, woodworking, aluminum casting, electronics, and more that I do in my garage in Florida
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Here's my journey of building a Reprap 3d Printer. Took about two weeks to get to the point where I was printing and I am still tweaking things to get good prints but it's working well enough to share :)
I took the opportunity of the long weekend to get some much needed reorganizing done. I built some new shelves, split my "ultimate workbench" in two pieces, and did some general organizing and clean up.
I loved the workbench but it's really just too big for my garage and since I didn't put any casters in the middle, it was sagging and so rendered the middle part for using the chop saw useless. So I basically cut the thing in two and I'm using the one half still for the table saw, and the other half is now an "Assembly" table.
Since I was losing the storage that the workbench provided, I decided to build myself some new shelves, really taking up the whole available space on the wall - it's WAY better now and the shelves were pretty cheap to build.
Without further ado, here's some pictures of my newly organized workshop :) (it won't stay this clean for long!)
Time flies when you're forgetting to update your blog ;)
Well it's August and last update I mentioned my router bearings going in my CNC router, so I've gotten a new router and I am back up and running with a few jobs behind me. Although the new router I got makes more noise than the last one, I think the bearings are already on their way out! So I ordered replacement bearings for my orginal one and I'm going to try my hand at swapping them out.
In other news I am making my own bearing guides for my bandsaw - I was looking around for some and they are just way too expensive at Rockler or Woodcraft - I mean $170 for some bearings? Ridiculous! So I'll be making my own - I already have a ton of bearings and with all the machinery I have it should be a piece of cake :) I will post an article when I am done! I need to start making some Christmas presents and I need my bandsaw cutting straight for some of the ideas I have.
I also am starting work on some Holloween animatronic ideas - no full blown robots (yet) but some stuff that should be pretty cool - again I will post up pictures when I am done :)
Ok that's it - stay tuned!
Here's my monthy blog post that's supposed to be more often than that! :)
You also may or may not have noticed the new "Community" menu link - I've added a community app and a forum for discussions. In the Community you can post your own pictures and have your own discussions and such, please give me some feedback on that feature :)
I also added a "Store" where I will be selling off some of the extra stuff I have and also selling CNC'd items such as signs and letters and whatever I can make to make a few bucks for my workshop habit ;)
In other news... My CNC machine is currently down... The router's bearings are shot and I need to get a new router - preferrably the same one I had (Hitachi M12VC) because I have the Precise Bits Collets for it and I just like the variable speed and overall quality of the router. So if you have a line on one (other than eBay - I'm all over those) let me know! :)
It's already June and here I am not posting on the "blog" again LOL - I've been busy with my latest project - making a power drive for my Enco Mill Drill Lathe. As usual there are set backs and things don't always go according to plan, but we'll get there!
CNC Tools Application
In other news - I've been working on a CNC "panel" program that will allow the user to pick a bunch of G-Code files and have them offset to be cut out on a panel without changing programs. The app is underway and I've started collaborating with another developer that's interested in the same idea.
We are using Google Code - where we can store the source code, have discussions, submit Issues, etc. If you'd like to get involved - even by throwing out some ideas for features - check it out! It's a closed project so I'd have to add you to it before you could edit anything, and you'd also need a Google account :)
Check it out and maybe even just do a little beta testing for us ;)