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Dana Spisak
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New open hours for visitors and Community Members starting this week. We're open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and now Friday evenings 6-9PM. 
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Josh Rhodes
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Tuesday Night at Mobile Makerspace:
We had a busy night tonight.

-Saphia and Rick worked on her Raspberry pi
-Jo and Scott came down and learned more about using the laser
-David and Rick worked on the Izzy Swan Table
-I worked on a new tablesaw fence handle
-David was frustrated with M$ suddenly deciding his laptop needed an upgrade.
-We had one new visitor, apparently he is into FPV Drones
-We had one old visitor, we haven't heard from +Evan Riddle in a while.

I should have taken more pics but included are two pics of the new fence handle and some of a motor I brought down for making some new machines.

Come on down we are open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 6-9pm for visits or pie in the sky gabbing about ideas.
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A  very generous friend of mine gave me some maple boards that he had. Then he helped me plane them smooth and cut them to length and width. Then we used his drill press and forstner bits to turn them into workmate jaws (not sure what the term would be).

(workmate: http://www.blackanddecker.co.uk/ProductImages/imports/EU_Images/BnD/1959253_WM536_1.jpg)

They mostly work but the black and decker version's holes are Slightly more than 3/4".

I spent a couple of days laying down 5 or 6 coats of polyurethane on the jaws and on my desktop that I never finished.

Maple is such a beautiful wood!
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Josh Rhodes
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This was last Tuesday, but I never got around to sharing it other than public.
 
Tuesday Night at Mobile Makerspace:
There was alot going on, such as; Updating Raspberry Pi's, A little bit of 3d printing and some lasercutting as well.

The only thing I got pictures of is the wood I was working on.

Trying to see if all my book knowledge of woodworking is worth anything at all.. I resawed these two maple boards with the table saw and then tried to make them straight and goof free, they are still a little bit bowed on either side but it mostly worked. Made a Big mess in the process. :P

I need to start building jigs for the table saw for various functions..
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X-axis stepper cable has been replaced on the Makerbot. Didn't have time to run a test print, but was able to confirm that the problem was not reproducible like with the old cable. Should be fine, just keep an eye on it if you're printing tomorrow
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Thanks a bunch Russell
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Josh Rhodes
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Been working on the Ultimate Woodworking Workbench our makerspace.

Getting close to the final stages with the new vacuum system now installed.
 
Here's a bad video about the vacuum system in the Ultimate woodworking workbench. At +Mobile Makerspace​ .

I'll post some other pictures shortly.
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Josh Rhodes
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10 people in the +Mobile Makerspace makes for a tight fit.
It was a fun night though.
We even gained some new members.
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Josh Rhodes
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Got the yellow circuit working again. :)

Bad wire nut and a loose wire.

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woot woot! Thanks Josh
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Looking forward to being there :)
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Mobile Makerspace is a friendly group from Mobile, AL banding together to build a local Makerspace. If you are a new member of this community (maybe you met us at Artwalk) feel free to post or comment. All positive interaction is heavily encouraged Mobile Makers provides a place to engage members to collaborate on innovative ideas and reaching goals. Members join together for the common use of tools, facilities, services, and knowledge to further the capabilities of each other and the community.

Josh Rhodes
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I've been working on an unsafe modification of my shopvac.
It's Model# 87L400
This model and many others have a thermal fuse, if the motor gets too hot, it permanently disables the motor.

Furthermore, even getting to the fuse requires removing the impeller, which is held in by some sort of pressed on washer. I nearly destroyed mine, hopefully it keeps working anyways.

I bypassed the fuse.

I also destroyed the switch which never worked very well, so I replaced that too. I decided to add a missing feature, the vacuum now acts as an extension cord as well. The plug is not switched.

I used wire nuts for connections and scavenged wire from a computer power supply cable to hook things up.

I wanted to include a breaker but there didn't seem to be a safe way to hook a standard one up.

All that's left is to get a metal plate and maybe seal things up with some caulk. (it still pulls a significant vacuum even with all the leaks I've introduced though).

Somehow even though I originally disassembled it over 2 yrs ago, I managed to keep and re-place al the screws, no idea how that happened.
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Josh Rhodes
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I finally figured out how to get the impeller off my shopvac. They did NOT want this thing taken apart. I think the ideal way to take the part that looks like a washer in the picture below free from the axle would be to stick the whole thing on the freezer (use a ziplock, what are you a neanderthal?). Then torch the washer then pry it off. Me I used a flathead screwdriver. I did some really significant damage to the impeller. I hope I can still pull off a repair.

The long and short of this is, they included a one shot thermal fuse. When it blows it permanently disables an otherwise perfectly good motor (thats it in the second pic).

I intend to place a piece of wire in its place.

I also destroyed the switch so I think I may redneck this project up good, by using a standard wall switch and also including a breaker, in case there is a catastrophic failure (I'm also thinking about lining the motor chamber with metal).

I need a shopvac and I consider this an unacceptable failure mode.
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Dana Spisak
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Who wants to build this? We have a projector and a kinect 360 camera
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Josh Rhodes
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These are some pics from adding a vacuum system to our Ultimate Woodworking Workbench.

With this installed we are into final tweaks and fixes finally.

I didn't have flanges for the vacuum hose so I used a heatgun to modify some 2in pvc, it works.
 
More Pics from building the vacuum system this week..

I made custom couplings based on the idea from +David Leard. He said he saw a video where someone used a heat gun to loosen up the PVC then made fittings with it. So I replicated that,

I would have 3d printed something probably (2 or 3 times most likely), but the +Mobile Makerspace makerbot is on the fritz right now.

The only remaining items needed for the vacuum system are to seal up the tablesaw and make a blast gate for the table saw.
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Dana Spisak
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Makerbot is down. Russell posted on Facebook:
The Makerbot is broken for the moment. I've troubleshot the problem, and the x-axis stepper motor cable has broken due to work fatigue. I think I've got a replacement cable at home, and will check tonight, but if I don't, I'll go ahead and order one.
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Thanks Dana. :)
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I went to Baton Rouge this weekend as Winona was competing (Dog agility) there.  While planning on what I might see on this trip I had located a Saw Stop dealer in Hammond, Louisiana.  Some of you know that I've been interested in Saw Stop.  Hammond is on I-12, 2 hours from Mobile.

When I got to the store, PMC Machinery, I was surprised to find myself in the largest machine tool retailer I've ever seen.  There was a tremendous selection on display.  I half-dozen metal lathes.  2 or 3 full-size milling machines.  A dozen drill presses.  A dozen bandsaws.  About 15 table saws.  8 or 10 wood lathes, similar numbers of planers, jointers, shapers, dust control systems and other machines I wasn't familiar with.  In machines brands they had Jet, Shop Fox, Powermatic, Saw Stop and Dewalt.  In handhelds they had Porter cable, Festool, Dewalt, Bosch and Makita, among others.

The sales guy said they were the largest dealer between Atlanta and Dallas.

Unfortunately he didn't say much else.  He did not seem accustomed to "showing" machines.  He came from behind the counter.  There was no sales staff on the floor like you would expect in a showroom that size.  We could not even get the Saw Stop jobsite model fired up so I could hear the noise level.  However, seeing it in the flesh and operating the other controls gave me a favorable impression.  Maybe someday…
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Wanna to know how bored our engineers is? Let's see the toilet indicator projects.(#IOT #smarthome #homeautomation #esp8266)
http://bit.ly/elecrowESP8266

As a engineer, it's lucky enough to work for a company that make up with a group of maker. Because we often encounter some problems in our life, our manger allow us to put our creativity into full play due to the opened atmosphere, we can build lots of funny applications to solve the problem.
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Josh Rhodes
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News interview about New Orleans Makerfaire 
It is an event that celebrates makers, the third annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire. Cameron Macphee from the Steering Committee, Alex Owens from Bircolage Academy and Flor Serna from Electric Girls talk about this great event.
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