Ramblin' Dan's Workshop

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3D Printing - Just a Tool

I think I have worn down my lust for 3D printing. I have had a load of fun learning the ropes of this new tool and I will certainly continue using it. The printer is just a tool My cooling passion is, just by itself 3D printing isn’t much of a craft. A tool for making something 3 dimensional out of ...
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Then There Were Two

Click to enlargeThe V-carved  sewing boxes are ready for staining and finishing. Two of them is twice the work but I am already experienced when I start to work on number two. Here all the sanding is complete and the hinges are installed and tested. Construction is actually complete. The boxes ...DSC07108
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Glue-Up

At long last it is a bearable 85 degrees in the workshop. That's 22 degrees cooler than it was two days ago on Friday. It was 15 degrees cooler than Friday yesterday. Friday was a record 107 real temperature, not that "feels like" cr@p weather people usually feed us. Ha! I just finished an involved ...DSC07104
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WARNING! 3D Printing Highly Addictive!

Once you have your printer running up to snuff, all you want to do is keep it running. This is extremely addictive as the lazy way to make plastic things. Ha! If you are creating your own 3D master drawings, then I think that should count as a useful habit rather than a pure addiction. But I just sa...
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Better With Age

I have noticed my low cost Alunar 3D printer’s performance is getting better with age. The more I run the printer the better the output becomes. That tells me the linear bearings and belt stiffness are “wearing” into a smoother operation. I have been using a little very light machine oil only very o...
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