Overdoing it – drawers for the router bench

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Routers need bits, not just cutting bits, but clamps, collets, spanners, t-bolts, feeler gauges, laptop, and other random crap. So I made some drawers for the crap, to fit under the router bench. This was a chance to explore relief carving, coz I’ve lots more of this to do. Original image from Ashlyn’s dirty cup …

Vertigotech router – Controlling noise and dust

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Routers are painfully noisy and throw dust everywhere. If I wanted that, I’d go to Burning Man (again). So: Step 1 – Dust Shoe Vertigo do a dust shoe to stop chips flying everywhere. They were kind enough to give this to me for free, as the magnets aren’t perfectly aligned, but it still grips …

How easy is it to copy a physical object? Very easy (in this special case).

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The Old Government Buildings in Wellington is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. I’ve walked past it on a regular basis for fifteen years but it wasn’t until this morning that I noticed the beautiful cast iron grills over the ventilation holes to the sub-floor. So I thought – I want that. …

New workshop addition – CNC router

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I bought a CNC router, a Vertigo Tech M2 from down in Westport. Lead screws, 1200×600 bed, and a frame of pretty chunky aluminium extrusion. I thought about building one, but I’d rather buy it, plug it in, have it work, and put my time into building things with it. Design shared from Fusion 360: …

KnowYourStuffNZ goes public

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We’re going public today with KnowYourStuffNZ and the drug checking work that Wendy has led at festivals this summer. It’s a Wendy on TV:   NZ’s PM agrees that drug checking at festivals is a good idea – ‘People can see what they’re taking is dangerous’ – legal festival drug testing could be a good …

Reasons to love Wellington

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Four hour ride, starting from home, to top of Makara Peak and back. 80% off-road, mostly flowing single-track. Including new bridge.

A living roof after five years

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In 2010/11, we planted out the first living roof on a home in Wellington. It’s been just fine. The initial plants were a mix of succulents, seddums, and native ground cover. The roof has enough variation of sun, wind, and shade that some did well in areas, some in others, and nothing died out. Since then, koromiko …

Hard acroyoga sequence

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Progress

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My reference run goes from home in Brooklyn, along the road to Kingston, into the Tawatawa reserve and down Wharangi to Carlucci Land, up the Tip Track, along Barking Emu and Car Parks to the wind turbine, down Sawmill and Aston Fitchett and past the war memorial. 15.6 kilometres and I don’t know the height …

New workbench

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From wood left over from the house build, bolted to wall and floor, and flat and level. Possibly making the top from three layers of 18 mm ply is overkill. Possibly not.

My priorities make perfect sense

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…to me, anyway.

I made a thing, part 58: a 3D-printed double helix candle holder

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A friend lives out in the Sounds, way out beyond where the electricity grid stops, so her lighting is solar and candles. So I made a candle holder as a birthday present. I’d had something else made in the transparent ColorFabb filament and I liked how it looks with a light behind it, so thought …

Summer trip to the Sounds

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It’s been a good summer and now it’s time to catch up/write up all the fun. Back in December we went to a bay in Tennyson Inlet in the Marlborough Sounds, like way out the back, almost to French Pass, for a friend’s birthday. Her family have lived out there stretching back several generations. It’s …

Thoughts on Splore 

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Everyone was delighted that we were there with Wendy’s project (second pic down). I am amused that my snarky “Giant Scabies” sign is now a thing. It’s a commercial festival, so all the friendly people wanting to start a conversation with you want to sell you something. I rapidly stopped seeing people as people and …

2017 so far…

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In short: I am going to continue to push for reform of drug policies because a friend is likely to die of his addiction problems. I’ve just come back from a New Year’s Eve festival where we were helping to provide a pill testing service. People who were planning to take substances could come to us …

I made a thing, part 57: My dream battery charger for a Teensy-powered wearable

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TL;DR: Tiny soldering leads to a Teeny that can tell when its battery is being charged I’ve been using and loving Onehorse’s STBC08 High-Current LiPo Battery Charger. It sits on the back of a Teensy, you plug in a lithium battery, it charges off USB and has a host of LEDs to let you know what …

Monitor stand

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And this week in “Jez makes things”… Rebate guides on planers are awesome. I’m going to rebate everything now, for ever more. Also, Fusion 360 makes it really easy to turn models into drawings. Admittedly, three of the five components here were just rectangles so the drawings were pretty simple, but it’s all practice, right?

Wellington, even in winter

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Bonus free internet points to anyone who can spot what I edited out.

What my Kiwiburn art project is not

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I’m taking a break from spinning LED things and doing something else. My Kiwiburn art project is not: A drone that hovers relaxingly just above the heads of meditating people The Bureau of Unerotic Discourse A large-scale video display with one foot per pixel, like a literal foot A trebuchet that launches hippies into the …

The Flying Carpet

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While lying on damp, cold, and hard ground at Kiwiburn one night, we decided that festivals are more fun when dry, warm, soft, and fluffy. So we made a festival blanket that we named the Flying Carpet – fluff on the top, waterproof underneath, padding in the middle, and LED animations around the edge (Teensy, …