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  1. Foozer

    Just a Simple . . .

    Thought I'd take an existing plain model and change it up a bit for the grand-kids to play with. A simple Sterling. Started and ended up with And of course, just needed a little tweaking - Pop goes the piston tube - Proving once again, Fat Fingers defeat simplicity every time . . .
  2. Foozer

    Something Simple, Something Groove . . .

    Getting a little wet out in the Pacific Northwest, thought I'd give a simple Sterling a try. Use a made tool to make a tool . . To make a tool . . . To cut a groove . . . For the O-Rings to go in . . . Oh Boy -
  3. Foozer

    Meh - Just a little clean up

    When the 'Bride' gives the you the side eye as to the chips and debris that track into the house, it becomes time appease. My hide-away is just a little 8 X 16 room off the garage, raw concrete just doesn't take to a sweeping too well. Emptied it to do something with the floor [Might as well...
  4. Foozer

    Beam Engine (or so is the plan)

    Always liked beam engines and now that my little 3 axis is in working order, time to see if I can make something like one - No plans , just winging it as I go along. Draw something up till I like it, then try carve it out of metal. Drawing is easy, put a 10 degree taper to the sides - I Like It...
  5. Foozer

    Back to Life

    Had this stone, one that Pop gave me back when I was a Cub Scout near 60 years ago and you know what happens when you give a kid something to play with . . . Needless to say it carried the marks of usage like an old mule swaybacked but not broken. Either getting old or sentimental or both - dug...
  6. Foozer

    Finger powered beam engine

    At least that's the plan, but best laid plans . . . Time to see if what I know about Fusion 360 [and the more I learn about it, the less I do know] can actually produce something using stone axes and flint knifes. Beam try number 2 - note 1 to self - ensure the item fits within a 6 inch...
  7. Foozer

    Winter Project . . .

    An attempt at a desktop 3-axis to be GRBl controlled ... or an epic failure in the making. Time will tell. A 12" x 20" footprint shooting for an 8 x 12 or so work area. Bunch of 1/2" x 3" bar stock, some 1/4 " angle stock, lots of 1/4 shoulder bolts set in .247 holes. Base assembled, slide rails...
  8. Foozer

    Getting There . . .

    Don't know if you don't try - [Bogs] Thinking of making a Finger Engine, not a lot of parts involved, parts seem to revolve around the flywheel - Can't be a plain Jane, just wouldn't look right. Curved Spoke would be nice - And that's how the fun started, after a few try's that need not be...
  9. Foozer

    Yet another Arduino Powered RT

    Took the little snippet "laststep = round(stepsDiv * lastPosition); nextstep = round(stepsDiv * currentPosition); divSteps = abs(nextstep - laststep);" from Chuck Fellows RT program, wrapped it with a NES Controller, a 20x4 LCD, menu one for divisions, one for degrees, variable step...
  10. Foozer

    Taking a step back - Bit grinding

    I get caught up in 'Shinny Things' at times which if left unchecked leads to Oh Fudge . . . So a step back - Grind - Sharpen my own tool bits. Open the book, look over the idea and cobble something together. So with a hand full of bits, device to hold them [save the knuckles] it's a step back to...
  11. Foozer

    Arduino and the NewBee

    Can't really appreciate what talents others have untill I try it myself . . After reading the Diving head and Arduino write up - The OCD kicked in - How hard can Arduino and Steppers be? So after a few weeks of 'What the Heck!' Tentatively have baby steps of 'If-Else' working - Object: 1) On...
  12. Foozer

    Giving thanks to those who have the brains

    Have this old Hot Tub - decided to see about fixing it. Motor burned out and in taking it apart the impeller [plastic] busted. Now getting a new motor was easy, new impeller, not so much. Only one available was some 50% wider than the original, fit into the pump housing just fine. Problem began...
  13. Foozer

    Lamina Flow Finished

    Started making one thing, ended up with another. Like this better as I do not need to fire up the compressor to watch it run. Bulk of the pieces were made from the same jig used for the flywheel web, just altered the thickness. It runs, already went thru a pint of spirits watching it Robert...
  14. Foozer

    Somedays

    Some days I actually like living up here in the Northwest. Got view of Mt Baker to the north and Mt Rainer to the South ( on a rare clear day ). The snow stays upon the hills to the east. Other days, well, the snow apparently didn't get the memo to stay put on them mountain tops and not travel...
  15. Foozer

    Not a Coomber! Now a Laminar Flow

    Seeing Arnold cruising along on his latest build got me thinking. Not always a good thing. Building the comber model is a tad over my skill level but like the motion of it. Did a sketchy look at to see if I could, with what i have, do something similar. Dont know what its called but the dirty...
  16. Foozer

    Elbow Engine Finished

    With Stone Axe and Flint Knife (AA109) the Elbow Engine is alive. Music represents what is left of my brain. Robert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqdaZ2Ao_ks
  17. Foozer

    Just one of them DAYS!

    Nice sunny day, lawn looking a little long, talked the Bride into mowing. Course she didnt put together mole mounds and rocks. One each window, couldn't be one of the smaller ones AH NO!! So if ya think mowers cant propel debris, one image shows a rock firmly embedded into the siding. This...
  18. Foozer

    Newbie and the Elbow Engine

    At least gonna attempt one. After moving, still unable to find anything and really trying to avoid the "Honey Do or Else" list, figure why not add to my personal insanity by trying to build an Elbow Engine. That design looks easy but have read enough builds to know that for me it will be...
  19. Foozer

    Quad Rocker

    Someone queried a while ago as to a Double Rocker, so why not a Quad Getting time to build something, so to aid in my trip to the nut house a Quad Rocker seems just the ticket for the ride. Havent a clue if the idea will even work but what the heck . . . Its a work in progress, making it up as...
  20. Foozer

    Newbie and the Thread Cutting OOPS

    While ago I snapped the lathe spindle, being a tad to aggressive with this little hobbly lathe (AA109) Not being the first time I've bent or broke a part I set out to see if the lathe was big enough to make its own spindle. Just enough room, so down goes a hunk of 1144 to resemble a spindle...
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