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Dana Spisak
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New open hours for visitors and Associate Members starting this week. We're open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings 6-9PM. Key holding members have 24/7 access.
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Updated hosted lab times. David has taken over Friday evenings 6-9pm.
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This past Tuesday a milestone was reached in the Izzy Swan table construction. We have a working table!
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My next-door neighbor is moving to Orlando and has offered me several woodworking machines. Not needing anything, I suggested she donate them to the Makerspace to which she was agreeable.

I propose trucks and strong backs at my house, 9:30 AM Saturday morning.

Available to us is a craftsman 10 inch radial arm saw, very good condition, set up for dust collection. Also available is a huge vintage cast-iron jigsaw, belt driven with step pulleys. An awesome professional grade machine. Very desirable in vintage machine circles. Finally there are 4 machines of a small size that were once (about 1950) marketed to the home shop hobbyist, before the invention of the Shop Smith type multi machine. These machines are in restoration-needing condition and consist of a four-inch jointer, a jigsaw and 2 small table saws, one of which appears to be a dedicated dado saw. None of them have motors mounted and ready to go, but there are 2 loose motors that were probably intended to power them. One of those motors is a huge old Hobart.

I'm not positive the Makerspace would want to take on getting the 4 little machines operational but think they would be easy enough to give away or sell or offer to another Makerspace –

The following are pictures. Regrets the picture of the large jigsaw is so poor.
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I'm available Saturday morning with a truck. Do we have anyone else that can help?
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Josh Rhodes
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I brought in a box to use for our new 1m shapeoko machine. The date on some of the old ics indicate the previous occupant of this box might have been built in 1976, sheesh. It's been sitting in my storage waiting for a good use since 2001.

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I think there's still some settings tweaking to be done with the Z-axis in the grbl settings. Got X and Y accurate, but Z is still giving me some fits. I don't think I have the right steps/mm, or the microstepping set correctly.
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Finally finished checking out the hardware on the Live ornament board. Everything works pretty well now, so now it's just a matter of writing official firmware for it.

Is anyone interested in designing a 3D printed ornament to go around it?
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Josh Rhodes
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Another Tuesday night with Mobile Makerspace:
This Tuesday we had the following things going on:
-I printed two more tripod shoes, this is my second attempt and these still don't work right so I will have to try again. (not pictured)
-Ryan modeled and printed a clip for his hat
-Dave is steady lasering out awards for Mobicon
-David and Rick did quite a bit of work on the folding table. Their projects is really starting to come together.
-I worked on the Woodworking Cart; I am working on new flip section locks. So I had to take apart the sections with the drill press and scrollsaw. Hoping to get it back together today.
-Rick and I have been working on assembling the Rostock Max Printer that he purchased that will live at the space once it's assembled.

Come join us to participate in these activities or bring your own crazy idea.

I apologize, the pictures looked ok on my phone, but they are not...

#makerspace   #Mobile #alabama #woodworking #3dprinting #Lasercutting #making  
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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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About this community

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.

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This looks like a great technique!
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Dana Spisak
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Our next member meeting is Saturday July 23rd 11am. Check it out and RSVP at meetup.com.
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Josh Rhodes
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First test of the newly wired +Mobile Makerspace#shapeoko 2, 1m×1m machine.
Right: desired output
Left: actual output

I think something is a little off...
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Dana Spisak
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Join us June 25th 11am-3pm for an Open House Party as we celebrate 2 years of making. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. We'll have food and drinks, hands-on activities, workshops, and several demos.

We're located at 561 Saint Francis Street, downtown Mobile Alabama, at the corner of Warren and Saint Francis. Parking available on Warren in the grass area behind O'Daly's.
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Hi,

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So get ready to design the future.

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We are launching on Indiegogo this June 15th. To be notified when we launch, please register at https://hackpod.github.io/notify

Avail a special early bird offer here: https://hackpod.github.io/earlybird
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Josh Rhodes
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What you see before you is a (fuzzy and weak) description of how I spent my afternoon.

I spent all last night taking apart the woodworking bench, and I was hoping to get these items fabricated and it back together today.

But in the interest of (hopefully) really fixing the problems, I left it not quite finished today. It's quite a mess in there, but kinda senseless to put up all the tools till I am done.

As long as no one else minds at least. :/

This is the new locking mechanism for the flip sections holding the Drill press and the scroll saw. I hope it works.

Tomorrow I've got the rebuild the hastily built boards on either side of the flip sections, hopefully going to make them more straight and level.

Then figure out how to fabricate a handle for these locks. Check clearances and functionality.

After that I think the only thing left in building the bench is to route some slots for table saw sleds. I also want to build in some tool storage, but that is kind of optional.
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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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Josh Rhodes
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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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