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Forum: The Show Room Wed 29 March 2017, 18:43
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By st_indigo
48x96 sheet layout for 0.70" plywood attached ...

48x96 sheet layout for 0.70" plywood attached

pockets are milled 0.35" deep
Forum: The Show Room Tue 28 March 2017, 22:19
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By st_indigo
Okay.. let's try this again with Flickr instead...

Okay.. let's try this again with Flickr instead of Google:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2925/32898222893_f708c6d22a_c.jpg
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Forum: The Show Room Tue 28 March 2017, 21:50
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By st_indigo
Strange.. I can see them just fine. Is...

Strange.. I can see them just fine.

Is anyone else having trouble seeing the photos? If nobody but me can see them it's probably a privacy setting in google photos I need to change.
Forum: The Show Room Tue 28 March 2017, 12:31
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By st_indigo
Tilting Plywood Cart

Hey MechMateys! I made a thing, and it is glorious.

I give you the Tilting Plywood Cart! Made from 0.71 Baltic Birch (or 18mm if you prefer). Uses just over half a sheet. Four 3" swivel lock...
Forum: 50. Toolheads Sat 04 February 2017, 10:19
Replies: 47
Views: 13,924
Posted By st_indigo
It works great! I've run the spindle for hours...

It works great! I've run the spindle for hours and it barely gets warm to the touch. Putting my hand next to the radiator, I can feel warm air. The setup works incredibly well.

The fans are...
Forum: 50. Toolheads Fri 03 February 2017, 20:24
Replies: 47
Views: 13,924
Posted By st_indigo
Reviving an old thread here to share my new...

Reviving an old thread here to share my new improved water cooled spindle setup.

I went to Fry's Electronics and purchased a "LEPA Exllusion 240" liquid CPU cooler. It's an all-in-one dealy with a...
Forum: 55. Dust Management Tue 17 January 2017, 14:20
Replies: 4
Views: 2,902
Posted By st_indigo
My awesome acrylic dust shoe design

Hey all. I finally got around to designing a proper dust shoe for Mechmate #123 and after using it a few weeks I can confirm that it is a solid design. I love it when a plan comes together.

Photo...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 18 November 2016, 11:54
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
Haven't tried misting the shop with water yet....

Haven't tried misting the shop with water yet. Will give that a try. Not sure I want to spray the air though - that would be bad for my lathe and table saw.

I do have a cyclone - an Oneida dust...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 17 November 2016, 18:00
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
UPDATE from #123 Coming up on two years of...

UPDATE from #123

Coming up on two years of uptime as a nearly-every-day production CNC router.

Things I have learned:

- WEAR A RESPIRATOR, especially when cutting MDF, exotic woods or...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 16 February 2016, 18:56
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
coolant pump and radiator working just fine!

Well here we are a year and a half later and the pump is still working, as is the cooling fan/radiator. I have to blow out dust periodically, but no other issues have manifested. :)
Forum: Troubleshooting Thu 28 May 2015, 13:36
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By st_indigo
That's the thing - the spindle DOES work for...

That's the thing - the spindle DOES work for about 5 minutes or so before throwing the error code. I let the spindle run for about 30 minutes with no load and it didn't stop.
Forum: Troubleshooting Wed 27 May 2015, 11:59
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By st_indigo
Checking the connections and the pins on the...

Checking the connections and the pins on the spindle plug was the first thing I did. When I installed the plug end I made sure all the pins were soldered to the cable's conductors. All the soldered...
Forum: Troubleshooting Tue 26 May 2015, 21:27
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By st_indigo
Pardon my ignorance, but I need a few things...

Pardon my ignorance, but I need a few things explained a little better. I'm still learning the terms/names of electronics parts and how to use the multimeter.

When you say "What is the ohm reading...
Forum: Troubleshooting Tue 26 May 2015, 20:16
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By st_indigo
GROUND FAULT on GMT Water Cooled Spindle

Hey all. I've been running my MechMate with no (major) issues since November of last year. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, I am getting a Ground Fault error on my VFD. The spindle will run for about 5...
Forum: The Show Room Thu 21 May 2015, 15:50
Replies: 10
Views: 2,031
Posted By st_indigo
Crafty new box joint technique

This project on the Make Magazine site (http://makezine.com/2015/05/20/custom-tablesaw-blade-revolutionizes-wood-joints-single-cut/) shows a very crafty way to simplify box joints using a...
Forum: The Show Room Wed 11 February 2015, 09:29
Replies: 4
Views: 1,752
Posted By st_indigo
Forgot to add - the original design came from...

Forgot to add - the original design came from craftsmanspace.com/free-projects then redesigned for CNC cutting by me.
Forum: Dxf Library Tue 10 February 2015, 21:58
Replies: 4
Views: 1,951
Posted By st_indigo
ALSO - the holes for the bolts are sized at 1/4"...

ALSO - the holes for the bolts are sized at 1/4" diameter and are meant as placeholders only. Drill them out to your desired size before assembly.
Forum: Dxf Library Tue 10 February 2015, 21:56
Replies: 4
Views: 1,951
Posted By st_indigo
Folding Picnic/Lounge/Beach Chair

Parts for five chairs from one sheet of 48x96x3/4 inch hardwood plywood with a 1/4 inch end mill.

Pockets on the four side parts should be milled 3/8" deep.

All edges on milled parts must be...
Forum: The Show Room Tue 10 February 2015, 21:49
Replies: 4
Views: 1,752
Posted By st_indigo
Keep in mind that these are pretty low to the...

Keep in mind that these are pretty low to the ground and won't work well for regular seating. Beaches, picnics or lawn seats at a concert would all be perfect uses though.
Forum: The Show Room Tue 10 February 2015, 21:48
Replies: 4
Views: 1,752
Posted By st_indigo
Folding Lounge-y Beach Chair

New Project!

A test run of a folding, lounge-y beach chair. A work in progress, but still good enough to share.

I cut this one with a 1/4 inch spiral upcut end mill using 3/4 inch Cherry...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 09 December 2014, 19:00
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
Not exactly the fastest build. I've been at it...

Not exactly the fastest build. I've been at it for YEARS. I just posted the photos all at once!

Let's see...I ordered the laser cut parts in June 2009, so that means it only took me 5 1/2 years to...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 07 December 2014, 14:36
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
Alright...here's your glamour shot. I had to...

Alright...here's your glamour shot. I had to clean up the shop quite a bit to get this, so I hope you appreciate it. :)

That's a 4x8 foot sheet of MDF on the table now. There's room for 5x10 foot...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sun 07 December 2014, 12:06
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
it's maple, with terrible lighting. :D

it's maple, with terrible lighting. :D
Forum: MechMates already cutting Fri 05 December 2014, 11:38
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
Now witness the power of this fully armed and...

Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7549/15333766733_0f1db837e6_b.jpg
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 December 2014, 22:23
Replies: 62
Views: 7,970
Posted By st_indigo
I figured that dust in the radiator might be an...

I figured that dust in the radiator might be an issue, but if I do my dust collection properly that (hopefully) will not happen often....and if it does, a quick poof of compressed air should clear...
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