Shelfs and Brackets

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This project encompasses the two areas that I know the most here in our makerspace.  The Aluminium brackets were made in our metal shop while the Walnut and Ash shelfs where built in the Wood shop.  This project was my first attempt at making dove tail joints.  First the ash and walnut were plained to thickness and glued together.  Then I cut the glued up boards to length.  The longest step in the process was setting up the dove tail joint.  After watching hours of youtube videos between test cuts with the router and dovetail jig I managed to get a passable joint.

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Once the shelfs were made it was on to the metal shop to machine the brackets.  The aluminum block was first put in our lathe to make round.  Then each piece was cut up into the half moon pieces and milled on the Bridgeport.

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Maker Overkill

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What is the most useless thing to make on our big fancy expensive Tormach CNC machine?  How about something that most people get for free.  Something that you can find in most garbage cans on garbage day.  An item you might use every day and never think about it.  A CLOTHES HANGER.  This is quite possibly the most over engineered device for hanging a shirt or pair of pants ever made.  The hangers are cut from a 1/4 inch piece of aluminum on our Tormach CNC with a 1/4 inch end mill.  From there they are wet sanded and polished then cleaned in preparation for anodizing.  The second arm of the hanger is shaped from Black Walnut and finished in Danish Oil.  This is version 1 of the hanger and version 2 is in the works.

Luke, I am your fire pit…

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Whether you think this looks like Darth Vader or Dark Helmet it’s still cool. Mark has been making fire pits and wood burning stoves out of used propane tanks for a while at the space. This is the first one I’ve seen him make that is meant to look like a character. As usual he’s doing a great job. Mark has also been giving some more one-on-one welding classes at the space. Don’t miss out if you want to learn how to weld from a master.2 imagesDarthThe welding is only the beginning.  It can be easy to forget about the less sexy part of making.  Grinding and painting.  Though the natural look of rust is cool Darth Vader was black.  I am looking forward to seeing more characters represented in Mark’s work.  If you see him around the space suggest one to him.vader 3 images

Casting Maker Faire Ingots

For the last few months Kayla has been working on casting a pile of ingots for Maker Faire Milwaukee.  These ingots are made from scrap metal donated to the Milwaukee Makerspace by its members.  Everything from Kayla’s personal favorite, hard drive casings, to parts of tools and engines.  Its really cool to see her take trash and turn it into treasure in the form of aluminum bars.

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Be sure to watch for Kayla at Maker Faire Milwaukee pouring hot metal and helping people make stuff September 24th-25th at Wisconsin State Faire Park.

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Maker Faire Signs

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Over the last few weeks the Maker Faire team has been hard at work making some new signs to hang in the exhibit hall.  These signs are 10 x 5 feet and will make finding your way around much easier.  The logos are first traced on vinyl sheets and then carefully cut out.

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After the stencils are cut they are laid out on the fabric banner for painting.  It can be a challenge to get the curved lines of these very large logos to lay flat.  Kim, Mike, Kathy, and Pete have been doing a great job.  This project has been a labor of love for Kim who designed these signs and has seen them from drawing to fabrication.

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Be sure to look for these signs and lots of others this month at the largest free Maker Faire in the US right here in Milwaukee at Wisconsin State Faire Park.  For more information about Maker Faire Milwaukee and all the amazing makers that will be there click here.

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