Long term ambitions

While waiting for my flight to Vancouver,  I thought about some of the long term goals I have for projects. One that has really driven me to learn CNC and metalworking has got to be watchmaking. I think it will be a long while before I even fathom making a watch movement, but a watch…

Fine woodworking Pt. 3

Short update today. Let’s talk about the table top! Before I knew any better, I bought some wood dowels to join the edges of the maple to form the top. Not having any experience or jig to align the holes, I fashioned one out of a piece of pine. The idea was sound but the…

Fine woodworking Pt. 2

I think I skipped a bit when I posted the picture of the laminated tigerwood accent piece. I actually did not start on the fun part right away. The first step is the base box, which set the dimensional precedence for the rest of the build. It will dictate the overall feel of the table…

Fine woodworking Pt. 1

My need to be productive with my time off has lead me to set lofty goals. This will undoubtedly be one of those “wow, I made that?” projects. Background: There is a Structube store near where I live that specializes in compact and modern furniture that targets condo living yuppies (aka me). With the circular…

MassMind drivers… sounds scary

Continuing with the CNC computer, the next link in between the motherboard and the CNC machine (router in our case) is the stepper controller system. This includes the parallel port breakout board, the individual stepper drivers, and the driver power supply. A common and well reviewed setup is the Gecko G540 package. This is a…

Beast from the past

Look at this! This massive LianLi case was purchased for less than $50 with the innards of a P4 motherboard that is perfect for a parallel port CNC computer (I checked the latency and it does pretty good for what I need it for). I got the case mainly to match my existing PC (would…

You get what you pay for

A while back I decided to get into the world of 3D printing. Being cheap and not wanting to commit to any of the more established companies (makerbot for example), I bought myself a very cheap kit from QUBD called “TwoUp”. The design is simple and fairly easy to assemble. The quality is pretty poor…

Back for another round

Well, well, well, it looks like I have been neglecting this blog of mine. It’s been almost 4 years since my last post and I have since been working full time as an engineer-in-training. The years of schooling has given me a great start as I accumulate more skills and knowledge on the job. I…

A promise

Okay, I know I said that I will be updating the blog with my progress on the light panel. Well, it’s hard to do when you are actually wiring it, programming it, and painting it… I am doing my best to take photos along the way but as the Friday deadline approaches, I’m working to…

Rebirth?

Okay, that is pretty dramatic. What I want to say is that I will be starting this blog back up again. I might not be as regular depending on the week’s workload. We will see. Oh yeah, I will try to keep the posts about my electronic projects, but I will also add some thoughts…

Behind with the times…

So I just got back a piece of circuit I returned to SpikenzieLabs in January. I haven’t tested it yet – I’m a bit rusty. If it is not fixed, I think I might just never go there again.