I don't do "social media" (Instagram/Facebook/etc.) I tried, but found them too offensive. It isn't just that their interfaces are stupid and that they sell you as their product. It is something deeper. They require that you live a Procrustean life suitable for their simplified paradigm of what a life should be. No.
You may believe otherwise. I'm sure the blue pill tasted great.
Instead, I'll post here a series of short(ish) updates on workshop projects and topics.
(It isn't very interesting, but here's a little more about me.)
These notes will be difficult to read on a mobile device. If you believe that you can receive meaningful information in a few square centimeters, then you need to investigate more capable communications hardware. I prefer the codex.
2020-05-18. (Something potentially useful for a change.) Re-creating my favorite sawhorses. With a CAD model and drawings.
G0759 Mill Enclosure
2020-04-18. An experimental/prototype enclosure for a Grizzly G0759 manual milling machine (without flood coolant).
Angle Blocks (after Pieczynski)
2020-04-03. For making a part for my Barth Type Caster I needed to machine a setup tool (an angle block) with an uncommon angle (8° 20′). To do this I used a very elegant method that I learned from a video by online machinist Joe Pieczynski.
Junior Engineering (1976)
This isn't an update about a current project. Instead, it is an entirely personal recollection of two extraordinary shop classes that I had in Junior High School. If they weren't unique they were close too it. Google knows nothing of them. They deserve not only to be remembered but to be revived.
First Electro Workbench
2020-03-19. For copper plating and matrix electroforming.
A Matrix Electroforming Case
2020-03-06. The most remarkable, and probably the most difficult, method of electroforming typographical matrices was that used by the late Andy Dunker. It's no fun starting with the easy way.
ATF 2020 Announcement
Postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A good friend of mine once said that he'd finally figured out how to understand what I was talking about: just subtract 100 years from any date I mentioned. He's right. I lived through the 1990s and feel no need to discuss them. For me the '90s are the 1890s. The icons linking to the yearly archives below will reflect this.
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