Plans, projects and how-to's for home machinists Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:45:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Myers Shapeoko Fence – Fusion 360 Remix Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:39:50 +0000 Like many, I’m using the wasteboard, fence and cam clamps that Ben Myers designed for the Shapeoko CNC router. They are excellent and I’ve learned a lot from his many CNC tutorials, so I’ve purchased them all from his Etsy store. Unfortunately, the XL size fence file seems to contain a mistake. I couldn’t wait [...] → Continue Reading Myers Shapeoko Fence – Fusion 360 Remix

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Ryobi Tool Storage Ideas Sun, 06 Sep 2020 16:54:17 +0000 My collection of Ryobi One Plus cordless tools keeps growing. While looking for a better way to store them I came across Ryobi Nation, where I found some very good storage ideas, plus lots of ideas and plans for other things to make. I found many tool storage designs there and many of them hang [...] → Continue Reading Ryobi Tool Storage Ideas

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A Pivot to Robotics Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:55:08 +0000 I’ve been interested in robotics for a long time and my desire to build a large outdoor rover was the reason I used to buy a mini-lathe about thirteen years ago. That led to a desire to learn how to machine metal, and that led to Then I decided to start a nonprofit makerspace [...] → Continue Reading A Pivot to Robotics

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I Bought a LONG Shop Vacuum Hose Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:14:06 +0000 I just bought a 20-foot hose for my shop vacuum and I wish I’d done it decades ago.  I never realized it before, but my shop vacuum is probably the tool that I spend the most time using and a longer hose makes it much easier to use.  The hoses and electrical cords that came [...] → Continue Reading I Bought a LONG Shop Vacuum Hose

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Review – $40 QCTP for 7x Mini-Lathes Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:09:20 +0000 This is a review of a very inexpensive Quick Change Tool Post (QCTP) set for 7x mini-lathes that can be purchased on Ebay for about $38 (including shipping).  It is considerably less expensive than similar size QCTPs that you can find on and Amazon that cost about $135 to $155 plus shipping. I purchased [...] → Continue Reading Review – $40 QCTP for 7x Mini-Lathes

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My Lulzbot Mini Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:03:36 +0000 I started the Rochester Makerspace more than 2-1/2 years ago. It’s a non-profit (501c3) community workshop and art studio in Rochester New York that provides low cost access to sophisticated tools, teaches classes, organizes events, and hosts school field trips.  The makerspace has many very hard working volunteers but it’s still a nearly full-time job [...] → Continue Reading My Lulzbot Mini

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