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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I just realized that I've never uploaded anything about my latest 4th Axis that I've thrown together - so here are some pictures and a video about it!
So it's nearing the end of April and I haven't updated in a while :) That's how things go when my lazy ass is sitting on the couch ;) LOL Just kidding...
I've been working on my aluminum tilting furnace and I think I've finally gotten to where I can share what I've done! So check out that article for pictures and a long description...
I've also made an anniversary present for my wife - mostly on the CNC, but I did have to assemble and sand the pieces. I got (stole?) the idea for the "You've Captured My Heart" piece from the Vectric website - they have a free monthly project that they give away.
Sorry but some of the videos are down at the moment - my Google (and YouTube) account got hacked and deleted! So I am currently scrambling to get them restored, or worst case I'll have to re-upload them. Thanks for your patience and if anyone wants a specific video I can work on that one first
I've been searching for a good 3D CAD tool for a while now and finally got around to trying out Solidworks and I just wanted to post and say that Solidworks is by far the best and easiest 3D tool I've used ever (besides Sketchup) Sketchup still rocks for large items - but Sketchup's max resolution is like .01" or something like that which just won't work for some of these small metal parts.
Yeah I know those two things don't go together - but they do in my case!
I had a few leaks after not running my sprinkler system for a while - one of the leaks was at the pump, where the metal housing has a threaded hole where the PVC pipe connects... I made several trips to the hardware store trying to find the right sized adapter for that hole! It was smaller than 1" and much bigger than 3/4" and I could not find anything to fit!
I think I'm going to try out a new blog format! I was going to use blogger, or some other site but then thought that *most* of my stuff will be relating to the workshop and I should just post the stuff here!
So I created a new category and will post "blog" items on this front page - I moved the welcome message to the About Me page - probably no one really read that anyway :)
So here it is - my frst blog post! Projects will be listed above as usual and still under the "Projects" menu - and all my rambling will go here!