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
Hope you enjoy this quick video tour of The MakerBarn in Magnolia, Texas. Video and narration by George Carlson.
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.
In this video we learn about the Sony digital readout system on The MakerBarn’s Bridgeport. This video is Part 3 in the MakerBarn Bridgeport video series.
This video describes some of the major accessories available for the Bridgeport Mill at The MakerBarn. This video is Part 2 in the MakerBarn Bridgeport video series.
An Introduction to the Bridgeport milling machine by George Carlson. This video is intended to help introduce the milling machine to new users. It not intended to show operation, that will be covered later. This introduction is the first video in a planned series on the Bridgeport.
Demonstration by George Carlson of using 3D printed models to make metal castings using sand. The parts are upgrades for the TronXY X1 3D Printer.