Blog Posts

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Using a Parallax Propeller Proto board and a Pololu Stepper Driver - I've built a home made power feed for my lathe / mill / drill - Check it out!

I am working on a project for my Enco Mill Drill Lathe - it's a Power Feed driven by a Parallax Propeller and EasyDriver - part of the project involves making some Timing Pulleys to hook it all up! So this post is about the Timing Pulleys! Check out some pictures and videos!

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.

Well I've finally gotten to the point where I think I can share this one - I've been working on a new tilting furnace, not exactly a reverb furnace as I'm heating the metal directly - anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think :)

website-hackedSorry 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 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!


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.

I broke my son's RC helicopter and lost a piece that goes on the blades - so I made one on my homemade CNC machine!

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've been busy making a wobbler engine -I wasn't too sure it was going to work so I didn't take much "during" pictures - but here's a video of me testing the function :)


Workshop projects are for stuff in the garage (CNC, Reprap, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, metal casting, etc...)

These are my posts about my CNC hobby, now to include my new Reprap 3d Printer :)

These are my electronics projects, working with the Parallax Propellor, Arduino, stepper motors, you name it!

Here are some of my Metalworking projects, probably with my Enco 3-in-1 Mill / Drill / Lathe

Here are some of my woodworking projects using my Shopsmith Mark VII and other various woodworking tools

Here are some of my adventures in casting aluminum with my homemade foundry