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Leif Nixon
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Anybody hasn't seen this yet?
Alla andra har delat den här så jag gör väl det också. Det är den värd.

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Still experimenting with the #steampunk bits and pieces. Now I'm trying out mounting components in the prototype box.

One of the things I'd like to make is a bedside lamp, so I made this setup. It turns out that a 22 mm brass fitting will hold a E14 lamp socket nicely, and that a glass from a kerosene lamp fits snugly over the fitting, the socket, and a cylindrical 40W filament bulb. This makes me happy.

The lamp socket is plastic, but I covered it with gilding wax, which makes a nice effect through the glass. The electrical connections are isolated inside the plastic socket, which is good, since brass and 240V don't go together.

The white knob isn't a press button switch as you might think; its the plastic axle from an ordinary wall-mount dimmer that I've put inside the box. I want to make something nicely tactile there, but do you know how hard it is to find quality handwheels? I want a cast spoked wheel, not the usual valve handles you see that are made from pressed sheet metal. Oh, and gears. Functional gears. I'm not very fond of the trend of gluing fake gears to stuff and calling it steampunk.

And before the period police shows up; Yes, that is a hex fitting. There are evidently people out there that will complain about "hex nuts aren't period", which I simply cannot comprehend. How can you have a concept of "period" in an alternate history scenario? Steam powered handguns and punch card controlled mobile phones are fine, but hex nuts aren't "period"? Tock-tock-tock.
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2/28/16
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I got the urge to create something physical, so I have started fiddling with something that may eventually become a steampunk style smart house control panel.

I got a bunch of assorted old brass hardware at a local flea market, including some strange little knob-like things with a mesh filter at one end. (It turns out these are nozzles for oil burners - see the nerdy little document "Facts worth knowing about Oil nozzles": http://heating.danfoss.com/PCMPDF/DKBGPG060A802.pdf) The filter part of these looked like good housings for LEDs, so I made a quick mock-up from a piece of plywood, some filters and a 5mm Neopixel LED. This seems promising, though an 8mm LED would have fit better.

Since I'm not that skilled when it comes to woodworking, I got a cheap wooden box to test finishes on. The top of the lid is walnut stained and then got two coatings of polyurethane finish. I really like how that came out. The edge of the lid got faux gilding (rub'n'buff style), which also looks nice, but unfortunately doesn't really go with the walnut - too little contrast. The bottom of the box is still natural colour in this photo.

I'm not sure yet whether I will use this box for the control panel, or if I will start over with a fresh one.

I'm still waiting for a set of brass push button switches that I ordered from Aliexpress. I'm hoping they will match the rest.
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Jag antar att +David Kågedal​ redan hört denna?

Graah! Brass toggle switches! How hard can it be to get low voltage brass toggle switches?!

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Never forget.

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"Tarzan and the Foreign Legion" by Virginia Woolf. Wat.

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Eeek.

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Taipei, I miss you.
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Ping +Martin Samuelsson​
Every time my kids ask me to explain something super complex and I'm just too tired to try.
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