Bicycle Disc Brake Caliper Mount

It’s no secret that I can get pretty wrapped up in projects.  Witness a “small” project that I took on for a friend, which happened to combine my love of bicycles, mechanical design, and CNC machining work.  I ended up spending a 12 hour day, and then a 4 hour day in the shop – ...

Measuring with Software

Every so often you may need to measure something small and inconvenient.  Specifications with physical dimensions may not be available to you, so you need to actually measure the item you have at your disposal.  For example, if you want to experiment with a harvested electronic component and put it onto your own PCB, you ...

10lbs of Junk in a 5lb Box? 1

I’ve been slowly working to model the components that go into the CNC milling machine electronics package, and fitting them into an off-the-shelf rack mount enclosure.  I think I’m finally settling in on a layout that will work, though I need to put some additional thought into thermal design as there are some components which ...

Shaking off the Rust 3

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done a PC board layout.  Like, probably on the order of ten years.  I think I may have done one design for work somewhere in the last ten years, but as far as I remember, the last thing I did for my own edification was the 6-layer ...

Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 4 3

I made the other locking mechanism for the other piece of luggage this weekend and I made a little video showing some of the CNC process, as well as a clip showing the cases and locks in action.

Custom Droid Car Dock 1

My passion for in-car tunes goes back well over ten years, with the a half-finished (but functional) automotive MP3 player that could emulate a BMW CD changer.  It seems so quaint now, but it’s key to remember that those were the days before the iPod even existed!  After receiving an iPod as a gift in ...

Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 2 1

In a big push to get the Pelican luggage attached to the bike before a trip to the Delaware Water Gap, I spent a lot of evenings and a couple weekends frantically trying to finish a workable design and get it prototyped.  As mentioned in the last post, I had what seemed like a workable ...

Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 1 3

The cramped cockpit and limited cargo options of my Kawasaki Ninja EX500 weren’t going to suit my long-term desires for a motorcycle, and I had long been bitten a bit by the adventure touring bug after watching the Long Way Round/Long Way Down series a few years ago.  Having champagne tastes and more of a ...