Project Review

Earlier this year, I suggested that I should finish more projects than I start to avoid an increasing pile of boxes on the bench.

Finished this year

There’s been quite a few projects finished this year, a mix of high tech and hand crafted.

A good start in January as the contemporary sculpture was started in 2015. The repousse medal was swiftly finished in the first week too. Later, in the spring I made a simple bird table from scrap.

The Dragon Detector project has been a long-running project which started out as a competition entry in late spring but evolved into a finished project in the autumn.
In the summer there were a couple of woodworking projects, an old plank was turned into a garden bench and a handmade footstool was made from scrap. A couple of little electronic projects emerged along the way. Firstly a Raspberry Pi based Test Card generator, which has now been used to test out two different LCD displays. Also a prop for Halloween, the “Terminator Eye“.

Work in progress

The Stirling engine project has been running for several years now but this year a strong positive step forward was made when the flywheel was cast. Casting requires a combination of several hours available with no distractions along with good weather. The next key steps are casting the A frame to support the flywheel and machining the flywheel to hold an axle.  There’s plenty of other tasks too so this project will need a bit more time to finish but is achievable.

New Projects

There were two new projects added this year that are not year completed. One was an idea I had whilst preparing for the Pi and Gnome workshop back in the spring. It was to use a stepper motor to drive some dancing gnomes. Although you’ve not heard much about this project there has been some other progress happening with various control circuits, music boxes and wooden cases being assembled. I’ll see if I can post more about this before the end of the year.

Saw

My other project is “A little saw” – A Workshopshed guide to cutting tools. This is an EBook project that’s progressing well with lots of the words having been written and edited and it now needs lots of illustrations creating. I should be able to make good progress on those through the winter months.

So all in all I’m only up by one project with just over a month to go…

Advent Calendars

Yesterday, I spotted some advent calendars in a local shop and I was a little shocked by the price. When I was a kid they used to be simple cardboard affairs with a picture behind each door. In more recent

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The Man who made things out of trees

Before reading this, if you’d have asked me to list all the trees I knew, I probably would have overlooked the ash tree. But the ash tree is the 3rd most common in the UK, is part of many woodlands

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Knight v2 Completion

Knight v2 Completion

The knight project was completed just in time for the October Linuxing in London meetup. Mechanics The 3D model was completed and painted a week or so back. I filled a spare hole in the box lid with a dowel

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Terminator Eye

A discussion on Element14 about Haloween costumes involving tech reminded me of a prop I built many years ago. It was made for a spoof Terminator film for the Student Television of Imperial College. The director Ronjoy Choudhury wanted a

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Heath Robinson Museum

Heath Robinson Museum

Guest post by Catherine Jones. “That’s a bit Heath Robinson.” Is one of those phrases that you hear and might know that it means a machine or contraption that is a little bit strange,overly complicated or just looks plain dangerous.

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Harold Hall – Tools and fixtures

Harold Hall - Tools and fixtures

Veteran metal worker Harold Hall is well known for his magazine articles and books. He’s recently turned to Youtube and has been creating videos of his projects and tools. Each of the short videos explains the parts of the tool

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Interview with Frederick Vandenbosch

Interview with Frederick Vandenbosch

Frederick Vandenbosch is a winner of multiple design challenges and has built some very high-quality projects. He recently completed the Pi IoT Smarter Spaces Design Challenge using OpenHAB 2; creating a control unit, clock and smart key holder. His PiDesk

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