Category Archives: Machine Shop

CNC Laser Cutter / Engraver Build

I see a number of articles on the WEB about using a blue laser around 2 watts for cutting and engraving. A lot of times the laser is attached to a 3D printer. Now I have a 3D printer but … Continue reading

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DRO for my MIll

Like most of my blog posts this is not meant to be a “how to” but rather a “how did” in hopes that someone will find useful ideas for their projects. It has gotten a bit frustrating using my milling … Continue reading

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3D Printer

Like all of my blog posts this article is not intended to be a how to tutorial but rather just my experience and observations in building a 3D printer. A few months ago I decided that I wanted to have … Continue reading

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CNC lathe

I have a Craftsman Atlas 6″ lathe that has been a workhorse for years. Recently I have a couple of lathe projects that are difficult or impossible with a manually operated lathe. So I have been modifying the lathe to … Continue reading

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Collet Chuck

Some of my upcoming projects need some small parts machined on my lathe. The standard 3 and 4 jaw chucks that I have just don’t hold small parts well. The other day I broke down and ordered an inexpensive Chinese … Continue reading

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Infrasonic Microphone Part I

Another sensor planed for my atmospheric observatory is an infrasonic microphone. I have a design sketched out and have started on fabricating the mechanical bits needed. So what is an infrasonic microphone  good for? The recent Chelyabinsk meteor was detected … Continue reading

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Heat Treating Part III

Here you can find: Heat Treating Part II Finally after a long delay I have gotten back to actually using the heat treating oven. I have actually used the controller described in Part II for a couple of other applications … Continue reading

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