We had about 20 MakerBarn members volunteer their time and effort to take simple 2×4’s and make them useful pieces of furniture for the Conroe House of Prayer, a church for the homeless. It was a fun and productive morning!
The Maker’s Mark Ever since people have been making things, they’ve been placing their mark on the item. From the stones in giant buildings to tiny pieces of jewelry. Why? Because they were proud of their work and were willing to show it and they wanted people in the future to know where it came from. The mark was generally hidden, and quite often could only be found by someone else skilled in the trade. If you look at the silicon die inside an Intel 8080 microprocessor chip, you will see the stylized initials “HF”. Hal Feeney was one of the designers of the 8080, and the person who designed the physical layout of the chip. Rumor has it that the Soviets cloned the 8080 by doing a straight copy of the chip’s artwork, including Hal’s maker mark. The maker’s mark is usually not in plain sight. On a chest … Read More
“Man is a tool-using animal. Weak in himself and of small stature, he stands on a basis of some half square foot, has to straddle out his legs lest the very winds supplant him. Nevertheless, he can use tools, can devise tools; with these the granite mountain melts into light dust before him; seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without tools. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.” Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) I thought the quote above was well related to what The MakerBarn is all about. Availability of the proper tools can greatly expand the capabilities of any person. The shop has been very busy at The MakerBarn. Today, some of our most valuable tools are not hardware, but instead, software. The Maker Barn Fusion Class Autodesk Fusion 360 is a 3D modeling software that comes with … Read More
Thread cutting procedure on the lathe at The MakerBarn. For great information on thread cutting and other machining procedures, see Joe Pieczynski’s YouTube channel. His thread measuring video is at: https://youtu.be/be6Q9mm4vEQ A link to the chart used in this video is below: http://www.team358.org/files/mechanical/Clausing12inLatheMakingThreads.pdf
Part seven of the Bridgeport Mill series. This installment discusses end mills and other cutters. The video uses the machines and tooling at The MakerBarn, but should be helpful to others as well.
This is an introductory video for members of The MakerBarn who wish to become qualified on the Grizzly G4003 Lathe. It may be useful to others who are interested in this lathe.
The second of a two part discussion on work holding in the mill. If you can’t hold it, you can’t cut it. The video uses the machines and tooling at The MakerBarn, but should be helpful to others as well.
First of a two part series on simple workholding in the Bridgeport Milling Machine. This video was done at The MakerBarn using tooling available at the makerspace.
This video is a review of and instruction on the operation of the Grizzly G0817 bandsaw at The MakerBarn. The saw has been setup with a 1/2″ Wood Slicer blade and performs very well.
In this video we show how to quickly mount a Kurt type vise and true it up. All that’s needed is a test indicator, holder, mallet, and a little patience. This video is Part 4 in the MakerBarn Bridgeport video series.