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 ...

CNC Moto Bar Risers

My little EX500 bike is a bit cramped for me.  One of the worst problems is that my wrists, especially my throttle wrist, have been going numb even after only short rides.  I thought it would be worth trying some handlebar risers to bring the grips a bit closer to me, and improve the angle ...

CNC’d Side Stand Plate

I recently got a motorcycle, and since I have a CNC milling machine, there’s plenty of excuse to try my hand at making some farkles for the bike.  My friend also happens to ride a V-Strom DL-650, and needed a kickstand plate so her side stand wouldn’t sink into the dirt where she parks her ...

Tormach Tooling Has Arrived!

I quite literally turned a mountain of spare change (65lbs worth, to be exact) that I had been collecting for ten years into a slightly less heavy pile of metal and granite, and purchased a Tormach CNC Tooling kit.  This will allow me to set up all of my tooling ahead of time and pre-measure ...

Birth of the Smoke-O-Tron Enclosure

Before… After… My friend Dan built the electronics for a temperature controller for his electric smoker.  I figured since I have the CNC mill, it was a moral imperative for me to do some nice enclosure work for him to make the project look slick.  Dan admitted his initial attempts at the case work with ...

High Speed Spindle Mount 1

I’ve been working for the last week or so on a mount to hold an auxiliary high speed spindle on my mill.  I chose a Proxxon Micromot 50/EF tool, which is a fairly slim 12V handheld rotary tool (think Dremel).  I wanted something powerful enough to do high speed engraving, but probably not a lot ...

Totally Screwed

I received a big assortment of 18-8 stainless steel hardware from eBay, with a lot of useful sizes/threads.  It was a decent deal, given how expensive good quality hardware tends to be.  I’m sure I’ve got way too much of several things, and still lack things I need.  If you happen to see something on ...

Engraving Test

Did an engraving test tonight with some new engraving bits that I got from this eBay seller.  Decent results, though I am plagued by the X3′s slow spindle speeds.  I tried an experiment of painting the engraved text and then backspraying the entire piece with flat black, to see the text through the 1/4″ polycarbonate.  ...