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 ...

Mountain Bike Skid Plate

One of the guys I ride with recently bought a new bike from Solstice, which is a very small one-man operation.  One of the unique features of the bike is its inverted 4-bar suspension in the rear of the bike.  One downside is that a big piece of the suspension linkage hangs down below the ...

Another Mill Upgrade (with a Plot Twist) 3

Some time last year, I found this link and went as far as getting in touch with Harbor Freight to try to order the telescopic metal way cover from the Sieg KX3 CNC machine. I dropped the project once I learned it would take months and cost a lot. Last week I noticed that LMS was ...

New Mill Upgrade Delivery

I lucked into picking up an extended table for my milling machine.  Sieg made a large table version of the SX3 mill but only sold it outside of the USA.   Little Machine Shop happened into getting just five of the tables as “replacement parts,” which turned out to be the last five they will ...

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.

Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 3 1

With the new riding season upon us, I decided it was time to try to finish up my Pelican case motorcycle luggage project that I started last summer.  When I left off, the cases could be easily mounted and removed from the Givi racks on the bike, but there was no locking at all, leaving ...

Anti-Projects

Leftovers from several CNC projects.

Spring Loaded Engraving Tool

Ran across this cool custom engraving tool holder that should solve the problem of inconsistent material heights when engraving.  Once I get a lathe maybe I’ll think about making one.  The rest of the blog is pretty cool if you’re in to over-the-top flight simulator cockpits!

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 ...