The woodshop in the hangar got some new gear. First is a “SawStop”, a new kind of tablesaw with a blade that detects finger-touches, and stops the blade instantly. Roger had cut his thumb recently on the Delta tablesaw, which prompted me to make this purchase.
(Here’s a video of touching the blade of a sawstop.)
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A wonderful website, truly inspiring for me, is woodgears.ca. I was looking for a “copy router”, to make multiple indentical copies of hand-carved chair seats, and his site has plans to build one. Not only that, plans to build all sorts of cool things, like a router pantograph. What an amazing website.
I am seeking a copy router, and some other sources are copycarver.com and terrco.com. Plus, I found the carving bits of Holey Galahad seem quite useful for sculpting chair seats.
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I’m going to use this post as a temporary place to post pictures, to aid communication with Roger in my workshop, discussing things I’ve noticed in our new Veritas Imaging clinic, that I want to improve by building custom-made items.
In each Ultrasound room, are these laundry bag holders. I’d like them to have wood surrounding them, to hide most of the bag, but keep the metal on the inside, because it has nice springy flexibility to put bags. I think our wood box surrounding the bag, should have a door that opens, so sonographers don’t have to lift a full laundry bag vertically upward to remove it.
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January is nearly over. Here’s a few cool things to look at. Archery in an aircraft hangar.
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The tool I love the most in the wood workshop is the router. But I wanted to improve my router, and so I asked Roger Garand (the master of getting amazing things done in my shop), to make some modifications. Here’s what he’s accomplished so far.
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Now I’m interested in front Entry Doors that are strong and beautiful, with embedded features that are only available if you custom make everything yourself. So I’m using this post to accumulate notes and example pictures.
- uCamPro HD is an iPad app that can view security cameras. I think I’ll add cameras all over the place, home, hangar, office, island. (this software supports audio features of these kinds of cameras (Axis, Agasio, Airsight, Apexis, Coolcam, Dlink, EasyN, Foscam, Hootoo, Instar, IPUX, Konig, Loftek, Panasonic, Smarthome, Tenvis, Trendnet, Vstarcam, Wansview)
- Camera suppliers, TRENDnet, Foscam and other suppliers.
I’m thinking of embedding into the door, the power wires for a camera, a doorbell on the door itself, and strong steel.
This is just an example from South Bay Rustic Doors who do fabulous work, and there are also lots of beautiful doors made for custommade.com. This Houzz website also has many companies making custom doors. Or an Edmonton-based source of wraught-iron imported doors.
But I want thicker than standard, with steel also in the door frames, and a thick chain on the inside that can be attached, to allow the door to be opened “ajar”, but not be kicked in-able.
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My friends never believed I’d turn that pile of old timbers into anything. (But I did, though not by myself). Now I’ve got a smithy and people are skeptically asking me, what will I make with blacksmithing? Here, in this post, I’m going to accumulate some ideas and notes.
1. Wraught iron stair spindles to support a bannister.
2. For my deep salt water aquarium, I’m going to make Titanium tongs, that are strong enough to lift big rocks and never rust. Why? Because cheap ones from fish stores keep rusting and breaking, because they have a slender steel cable inside them, that’s all, and the cable is too weak to lift a big rock.
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I’m going to need a lot of chairs in my hangar. Why?, because it could become a beautiful venue for events such as musical performances, exercise classes, dance classes, catered wedding dinners, or evening dancing to electronic music with a DJ. For all these, people will need a place to sit. And since my hangar has a woodshop, of course I want hand-made wooden chairs. They must be stackable and aethetically beautiful. Therefore, I’m starting to make notes on the mechanics of successfully stacking chairs, and collecting pictures to show some design ideas.
Starting with beauty, here’s some inspiration.
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I had been anxiously awaiting the delivery of this power hammer. It’s an Anyang C41-40, the 88lb model. As it was being unloaded from a big truck (Rosenau transportation), it was moved onto the tailgate to wait for a forklift. The tailgate apparently broke or something.. and it dropped the machinery onto the concrete. Aargh. Damage.
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Here’s Dan McMullin building a heavy table for the eventual purpose of setting up my forging area. More pictures to follow as it gets further set up.
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