Everything Man

Random projects from an alchemist's workshop.

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

I haven’t been doing much around the shop recently. The weather hasn’t been nice enough to fire up the foundry, and for the past couple months I haven’t had a side project going. However, I recently had the opportunity to get a good deal on a 3D printer. It’s a clone of the Wanhao Duplicator i3 plus, co-branded with PowerSpec. The unicorn is a test print in PLA with the default configuration and settings. It turned out pretty well, with a decent surface finish, though there’s some globbing and warping on the ears and horn.

Partial test print
Completed test print, with some warping
Friday, 1st April, 2016

After getting my workbenches built and installed, I wanted to make some improvements to clean up the shop space a little. I got some storage bins that (mostly by luck) exactly fit in the bench shelf. These give me some pseudo-drawers that can be used as project storage space, and pull all the way out so they can be carried around. I also added some bins in the corner for trash, sharps, and wood scrap.

To improve the functionality of the bench a little, I added a mechanic's vise to one corner. For better organization I put up a pegboard for hand tools, got myself some little drawers for hardware, and moved in an old bookcase for the tools that are too bulky to live on pegboard.

Thursday, 31st March, 2016

After finishing the shop floor, I wanted to build myself some workbenches. The first was going to stay an open bench, and the second was going to gradually get filled up with bench-mounted machine tools. I spent a few days sketching out designs until I had something I was satisfied with.

Original bench designs
Garage cutting station
Saturday, 26th March, 2016

I’ve appropriated a nook in the basement to become my shop / makerspace / scrap depot. (Sidebar: why is “mad scientist” a thing, but “mad engineer” not?) When we bought the house most of the basement wasn’t wired for power, so the first order of business was to get an electrician in and add some outlets. I considered doing it myself, but a) I didn’t want to have to jump through all the hoops to get it permitted and inspected, and b) I’d rather not die or burn the house down. So electrician it was.

Next I wanted to do something about the floor. Originally the floor was covered in old carpet, laid directly on the subfloor. I didn't want to have a carpeted shop floor because it eats sawdust and chips and becomes dirty and uncomfortable pretty fast. I also wasn’t thrilled with the idea of getting rid of the carpet and working directly on the subfloor because it’s expensive to replace and I didn’t want to damage it. Clearly the next order of business was to refloor this corner of the basement.