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We're now open 5 nights a week with volunteer hosts Monday-Friday evenings 6-9PM. Key holding members have 24/7 access.

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New management has had me working overtime since December, so I had some spare change to spend on a little band saw for the makerspace. I bought the Skill 9" saw, influenced largely by this review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FF0doLVzWA

I'm impressed on the value, should've looked into these things a long time ago. It has all the adjustments of a full-sized bandsaw so if you learn this saw, you'll be all set to run a full-sized saw.

It was good to go out-of-the-box with the exception that I had to shim the table to get it to adjust perpendicular to the blade. The fence locks down tight although I have not tried to adjust it for what they call "drift". The miter gauge is pretty wobbly but I'm just impressed they were included one at all, for the price.

It has a 1 1/2 inch dust port which I think would be a good thing for us to use. Even this little bandsaws is going to be a dust making monster.

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3 new batteries all charged up for the craftsman cordless tools. 
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via Ponoko's awesome blog. Thingiverse link in the video description 

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Working on a makerfaire project. The pan/tilt is controlled by a Wii nunchuck roll and pitch. The fan is controlled by the Z button on the controller. 

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Laser cut birch. Layers represent the 100, 1000, 2000 fathom curves from the 1877 US Coast and Geodetic Survey. Wood was dyed in a mix of blue and gray Rit dye. Frame is Kona stain. 
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2015-10-05
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Tuesday night at Mobile makerspace was great. David and I worked on the woodworking cart. We fixed the drill press power switch. I made a laser cut piece of acrylic to attach to a new metal box and mounted the old switch to the acrylic. Wanted quick and dirty but I got long and ugly. I misspaced one of the holes and it took a while to rectify this problem.

Later I mounted the drill press to the table.

Rick, Bob and Jake looked into how to use the shapeoko.

We had a new guy come down named Dale.

David also broke his MAKE concrete cast to look at the results, we are deliberating how to remove the 3d printed letters. 
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9/29/15
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Argh!!!

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This is a 1st go at making a holder for short pieces of hacksaw blade that will hopefully be an effective wood sculpting tool. In this version the blades fit too tightly and close up the adjacent slots. I will make the blade slots wider and try it again –
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David and I worked on the woodworking bench last night. I installed two scraps as supports then used a piece of plywood with a gnarly edge to mount the new (different) vacuum.

We then began trying to cut an inside hole for the electrical panel door. We, and the tools we were using failed several times to get this opening right.. luckily it can be whatever size we desire.

Pro-tip from David last night: drill two holes through you hole saw job, it cuts down on the burning significantly. 
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8/26/15
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