Ramblings of a maker

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Fume extractor on a boom-arm

After all these years of soldering without a fume extractor I decided to quit a bad habit and build one. My parts bin is, of course, full of fans so I got a 120mm...

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V6 Engine-Block Coffee Table

Dmitry (we share the workshop) always wanted an engine block coffee table. After buying a second-hand rusty Ford V6 engine block, he sent it off to sand-blasting, then powder coated it red. He also...

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Vacuum forming. How hard can it be?

Quite. I laser cut the box. Started out with A4 size, because I figured simple PVC binding covers would work just fine. Who needs fancy HIPS sheets? Generated the box shape here. Then using...

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Bought a belt sander. Cleaned it up

Here’s what I got for around 20 euros. It’s an Atlas Copco belt sander made in Germany in 1997. It just might be the only tool I own that is made in Germany. This...

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Electro-etching steel. Part two

Getting closer now. After the first tests with the piece of pipe, I ordered some turned roller blanks. The vinyl mask used last time wasn’t up to the task though. The final design has...