Making Mokume - Get your dollar's worth

Russ documented as he and Chris made this tantalizing piece of Mokume.  Having a forge just gets better and better.

Stack quarters and forge weld them into a solid billet.

Drill dents in one side to raise the grain pattern.

Beat the billet into shape, flattening the dents to raise the grain.
Sand it a lot. Notice the colors starting to show.
Sweet woodgrain pattern.


Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook

Had to try out the Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook Instructable.  Turned out OK.  Making the mix thin enough seems key.

gotta try to get them smoother next time

Picture Frame - Minimum Cutting

Here's a homemade picture frame.  No router needed by using trim that already has an inset.   Also had to buy "v-nails" online since I couldn't find them at any hardware or craft store.  Miter box with saw and miter clamp came from Harbor Freight.

So after the few bucks for tools, it costs about $1.50 per linear foot of frame. Not bad, but still need to learn to miter cut etc a little better.

v-nails applied
making the miter cuts
trim mold from home-depot.  make sure its the kind with the inset.
miter cut clamp
not dead-on with the miter cuts.  need to work on that.

Fibonacci Cabin

With an ongoing interest in weird architecture, let me present the Fibonacci Cabin.  Turns out the Fibonacci sequence is horrible for making a house plan.  It gets way too big, too fast.  After trying about 8 different starter sizes and iteration counts, it just wasn't working.  The best I could get was a cabin. 

Also, if you spiral the doors, it's a design for occupant annoyance.  Probably makes more sense as a prison where you have to go through a long series of twisting doors to get to the outside.  Or maybe if you like the idea of being cocooned away in your private hole....hmmm.

 I'm going to try to put these plans on thing-a-verse or something.  Files now located on our Thingiverse and GrabCad accounts.  I haven't seen a very good open-source architecture repository.  Somebody should fix that.

As seen on thingiverse.

here it is getting setup with the modeling kit


Terminator FANUC

Russ says:

"Remember the name of the default gcode type, fanuc? It was the control syntax of the original robotic industrial arm.

In the 1984 original terminator movie, it was the control system of the plant in the final scene, shown here as Reese boots up the warehouse. I just noticed that and thought it was cool that they actually used real stuff and not just props. Also that this movie is 30 years old and the same code is running stuff in my garage."

Though there is some other mention of FANUC machines on Terminator Salvation, the only internet reference to this earlier instance I found here, and says:

"This is not a nit, merely a note of realism which most people would miss. When Reese & Sarah enter the factory near the end of the film, Reese activates several switched and a display screen reads, 'FANUC ROBOT, S-MODEL 0, SERIES F30, EDITION 005". This is a genuine display from Fanuc, Inc. manufacturer of industrial robots and other equipment."

Hopefully if the singularity occurs at Fredhack it will immediately notice the mess controlled chaos and program itself into an orginization bot.

looks like at about an hour twenty minutes into the movie.