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  #61  
Old Wed 01 October 2008, 10:10
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Johan the time that you took to draw those "nice" drawings you could have completed building the table
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Old Wed 01 October 2008, 11:27
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Well at least I kept a few people busy with some discussion for a few minutes!
You are correct, time is a problem for me Gerald, like for most of us trying to do more than one thing at a time. To answer Hennie's comment. I am getting frustrated that I do not have enougth time building the machine. If I could build it at work it would have been finished long time ago!
Marc - I did not realise that the channel could be so far out of square. I will have a look at my channel over the weekiend to see how close it is, as a matter of interest.
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  #63  
Old Wed 01 October 2008, 23:17
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Johan check the angle iron for the rails also,one of the lengths that i used had a good twist in it.
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  #64  
Old Thu 02 October 2008, 04:12
ciybmc
Just call me: ciy
 
Gouteng
South Africa
Can you give me the names of the suppliers where you purchase your equipment. And the place in pretoria that you used for the laser cutting parts.

Thanks
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  #65  
Old Thu 02 October 2008, 04:53
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
www. cncdirect.co.za & Laser fox, 012 666 9629. Good luck.
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  #66  
Old Thu 02 October 2008, 05:40
ciybmc
Just call me: ciy
 
Gouteng
South Africa
Thanks Johan

What software do you use for you cnc?
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  #67  
Old Fri 03 October 2008, 00:39
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
ciy,
I have downloaded trial versions of mach 3 and Vectric. My dxfs will be created on Autocad. I can also use Coreldraw. This is were I will start. Most guys on the forum uses this software with good results. Have a look what Kobus are busy cutting with this programs.
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  #68  
Old Fri 24 October 2008, 13:40
LIBBIT
Just call me: John
 
Mt Roskill, Auckland
New Zealand
Just a quick hi from John (X-Richards Bay) in New Zealand. Johan, well done buddy, She looks good. I'm burning to start with my MechMate next year. Busy sorting out houses, furniture, cars, etc,etc. My e-mail is "john.vanderhoven@hamjet.co.nz". Hope to hear from u soon!!

See Yea Mate
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  #69  
Old Sun 26 October 2008, 05:06
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Howzit John,
It is going to be interesting when you start your build. Mine on this side and yours on that down under side of the globe. A bit to the right!
All the best
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  #70  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 03:42
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Wiring - slow progress

My kitchen table project is over halfway. Here is the wiring I have done so far. I worked very slow on this but I learned a lot in the process.
Panel2E.jpg
I lost the fight with "Aunty Caroline." Her car will stay in the garage and the MM will receive a new home.
Workshop1E.jpg
The size of the room will be 3500 X 4500.
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  #71  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 05:19
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Jy vorder goed.Wait till it`s working then the car can stand outside.
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  #72  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 05:19
javeria
Just call me: Irfan #33
 
Bangalore
India
Johan, I like the look of neat layouts - sort of bcom a norm after Alan C showed us how it is done

BTW very nice home u have Johan - looks antique.

I am off to wiring mine.

RGDS
IRfan
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  #73  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 05:22
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Vorder te stadig na my sin, ou Hennie. As ons verlof kry Desember behoort ek op te vang.
When the timber start coming in with her behind the controls it might just be true what you say. Half of the machine belongs to her.
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Old Sun 23 November 2008, 05:26
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Hi Irfan,
Alan set the example for all of us and I am proud to say that I am studing his tread in detail. Copy cat a little.
I design the house 25 years ago and owner build it myself. The style is Mediteranian/Spanish/Sardenian. Nice to look at but a night mare to keep the parpet walls sealed off.
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  #75  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 06:12
javeria
Just call me: Irfan #33
 
Bangalore
India
It started raining here - could not go out to the shop for the wiring - I am missing it

good design of the house though

RGDS
Irfan
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  #76  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 07:43
kaartman
Just call me: Koning #20
 
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Hi Johan
Good man, these things take time, pitty we have other work that takes most of our time.
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  #77  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 07:54
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Johan, I am a bit nervous of your wiring, where you run unscreened signal wires parallel (and close to) power wires.
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  #78  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 10:17
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Gerald,
Would you suggest that I use shielded wire for those few runs?
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  #79  
Old Sun 23 November 2008, 11:42
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Yes. Only for the step/dir/com wires between the bob and the geckos. 4 short 3-core cables - very easy to do.
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Old Sat 27 December 2008, 23:48
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
In The Workshop At Last

I did a few things in the workshop before the family arrived for Christmas. For those builders working in the colder parts of the world: Temp here was 43 degrees with 95 persent humidity

Roll1e.jpg

Moving the heavy beams on my own.


I collect some offcut 2" pipe and had to join the pieces to get the correct length.


PipeStraight1.jpg

Clamped in the v of the angle and lining it up with a 1 meter steel ruler


WeldTack1e.jpg

Tack two places and turn to tack again


PipeWeld1e.jpg PipePolish1e.jpg

I sand polish the weld flush. Not necessary. Looks better.



Gantry1e.jpg

Gantry taking shape


The harvester was working close to the house while I was busy working.


Plantation1e.jpg

Houses next to the plantation. Part of my house can be seen on the right.


Harvester1e.jpg

Here is the Tiger Cat, cutting and then handling six trees at a time
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  #81  
Old Sun 28 December 2008, 00:02
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Nice going Johan. Where you stay even plastic will rust.....at least if you clean that up, your paint will stick nicely. Those are toothpicks not trees, that is why he can handle six at a time..
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  #82  
Old Sun 28 December 2008, 00:48
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Thanks Kobus. I think that tubing was stacked outside in the suppliers yard for a couple of months before they send it to me. Still, steel rust extremely quickly here.
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  #83  
Old Sun 28 December 2008, 06:04
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
"Bouers bokkies " works for a lot of things can even be used for hanging main beams with a block & tackle when you assemble.Nice going Johan.
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  #84  
Old Sun 28 December 2008, 11:02
gmessler
Just call me: Greg #15
 
Chicago IL
United States of America
That's just brutal hot Johan.

Not sure I'd trade the -11 degrees C and all the snow for that kind of heat.
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Old Mon 29 December 2008, 22:44
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Hi Greg,
Luckly this heat and humidity will last only until about mid March. Approx 3 to 4 months. Have to drink lots of water (or beer) to prevent kidney stones forming. The rest of the year is nice and it never gets colder than 10 degrees C.
The -11 sounds far to extreme on the other end of the scale for me.
The last couple of days have been cooller with low humidity. Nice, but not normal for this time of year.
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  #86  
Old Mon 02 February 2009, 05:09
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
Kitchen table project - update

I connected power to my 'Kitchen table' project yesterday.
I had two problems:
1. The main contactor doesn't want to retain the power to the rest of the board.
2. I keep blowing the fuse on the main supply transformer. The supplier calls for a 3 amp. fuse. At the moment I only have 2 amp. I will try and get a 3 amp before I try that side again.
I am busy checking the rest of my circuit around the contactor to see if I can pick-up my wiring mistake.
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  #87  
Old Mon 02 February 2009, 05:21
Lex
Just call me: Johan #56
 
Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
I receive this via e-mail this morning. Very true for our area this time of year.

You know you're in Empangeni or Richards Bay when:

-The best parking space is determined by shade instead of distance.
-Hot water comes out of both taps.
-You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
-The temperature drops below 35c and you feel a little chilly.
-You discover that in January/February it only takes two fingers to steer your car.
-You discover that you can get sunburnt through your car window.
-You develop a fear of metal car door handles.
-You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 6:30am.
-Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
-You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
-Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to prevent them from laying hard-boiled eggs.
-The trees are whistling for the dogs.
-While walking back barefoot to your car from the beach, you do a tightrope act on the white lines in the carpark.
-You catch a cold from having the aircon full blast while you sleep during the night.
-You learn that the Boardwalk isn't a shopping centre it’s a place to worship air-conditioning.
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  #88  
Old Mon 02 February 2009, 05:22
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Lex, the diagram in this thread may help you:

Basics of connecting Door Isolator, E-stop Contactor
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  #89  
Old Mon 02 February 2009, 05:23
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Nice hot list!

And today London has come to standstill because of the worst snow in 18 years . . .
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Old Mon 02 February 2009, 06:55
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
That does not look like a lot of snow? We just got finished with almost three times that last week alone. But that would definately be alot for somewhere not used to it!
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