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Anton Kiriwas
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This is a lot of fun.  Do you think with a longer setting epoxy (assuming correct temperature) that you could do this more like a micarta where you saturate each sponge before adding it to the mold?  That should mitigate the voids at least somewhat, no?
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I wanted to do it that way, but part of the problem is once you get them arranged the way you want and take them back out again it's really hard to get them back the way they were the first time which means having to make more cuts.  Without having to deal with the finger thingies it should be possible though.
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This is great.  I see a lot of homemade tools which are copies or modifications of existing commercial tools (not that there is anything wrong with that), but I've never seen anything like this.  Its a really original idea!
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+Anton Kiriwas  Thank you very much for the kind words Anton, it is much appreciated. I have not seen one either commercially made, as far as I have rocognized at least. Thanks for commenting, watching and sharing
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We are only a little more than a week away from launch.  This will be the first launch I've worked since STS-135 and I'm very proud to be a part of EFT-1!
The flight controllers who will launch and operate Orion during its Dec. 4 flight test are conducting a mission dress rehearsal today to make sure they have the plans for the 4 1/2-hour flight down solid and to refine any areas. The teams, which communicate across several NASA centers and ...
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I love the OSB builds from you and +John Heisz.  I also had someone donate quite a bit of3/4"  OSB sheeting to me and I've been using it to build up a ton of things for the shop.  Let us know how the mitered corners hold up over time with those splines, as compared to something like rabbeted corners.
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John, I love how the upper axle pivots for belt installation instead of some more complex linear movement mechanism.  Very innovative!
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No thumbs down from me John... but as constructive feedback, I think you hit the nail on the head for me that the only negative thing I saw with your bookend video was your own negativity towards it.  I thought it was a unique idea -- and not every idea works out the way you planned.  What did come out still looked good to me.

As a hobbiest woodworker, I enjoy seeing it when the folks I follow online have the same sorts of issues with their projects that I have with mine.  Its just all part of the process of woodworking.  Keep up the good work!
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Beautiful wood you used for the head
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+Anton Kiriwas Thanks I'm not 100% what is. Its either Olive wood or Zebra wood :)
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This looks a lot like the design from +John Heisz over at +i buildit.ca .  Did you get this design from him?  You should credit him if so... still a great build.
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I feel really dumb for never realizing about Tip #2.  I just always assumed I had a cheap gun (I do) and that caused it.  Thanks for the tip!
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Do you use a set screw or similar, or just rely on friction fit on the shaft?
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In harder woods it can be a bit more difficult.  i find that if you use a sacrificial bolt and cut a couple of channels lengthwise into the side to help clear out chips, you end up with a homemade tap that cuts threads instead of just compressing the fibers into the shape of the bolt.
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I have done exactly that in one of my videos
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Finished up my first mallet.  Made from oak boards I got cheap because they were so cupped.  I followed along with the design from +Steve Ramsey / ShopNotes.  Filled the head with a mixture of sand and a whole bunch of tiny screws I had from the dozens of computers I've taken apart over the years.  Finished it with a cherry stain that I really like the color of along with a mineral oil/wax mix. 

Its rough, but its a mallet and I'm comfortable with that.
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Nice mallet!!!
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electrical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering
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  • NASA
    Electronics Engineer, 2009 - present
  • United Space Alliance
    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2009
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I am a sometimes software hacker, sometimes electronics tinkerer, sometimes woodworker and always somewhat ADD guy!  I'm married to the love of my life @Jeannie Kiriwas, have an amazingly fun little boy named Sagan and a cute dog named Remy.

I work as a civil servant with NASA.  I saw the US Space Shuttle program through its final launch, have build control systems for the Ares I-X test vehicle, designed ground support equipment for SLS and MPCV and am now the Electrical Power Systems Lead for the KSC Firing Room Launch Team.
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  • University of Florida
    Electrical Engineering, 2009 - 2012
  • University of Central Florida
    Computer Science, 2001 - 2006
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