Time:Like space but more precious, although it is free it will force you to travel in only one direction.
Made a new Trivet design, inspired from some Pinterest boards I had visited months ago…
Laser cut from 3mm Bamboo, then glued together to make 9mm thick, then sanded to 2000 grit to give nice feel and sheen.
The fit could be better, I did not take into account the Laser Kerf in the design and also I might have botched the laser settings in terms of focus and therefore beam thickness.
Compared to the “3 Branches” version, this one would be more expensive to produce as more cuts and trickier fit. The “design look” is nice but probably does not warrant the extra effort to produce compared to the 3 branches one. Still, I like it.
I should sign it.
The handlebar was broken and glue was never going to work.
The part is not very complicated but needed some smooth curves and a recess for the connection to the steering mechanism.
I created the fusion 360 3D model, then created a CAM setup, then posted all this to several G-Code files on my home network, [one for the pocket and the holes, one for the contour] then went to the garage and ran the G-Code on my X-Carve with a 10mm router bit at 16.000RPM, 3mm cut depth, 600mm/min feed.
It all worked perfectly ! for once…No broken bits, No burning or parts, No flying wood parts in the garage…
My friends were very happy and the fit is simply perfect.
My first true design of something for the Xcarve. There has been a few mistakes along the way and still have not managed to get a final product from the machine yet…
I am close.
The router bits, feeds and speeds are something that you must acquire and work to make test cuts etc…until you get a clean cut that does not destroy the router bit or the machine.
I have had a few crashes and also made some part of the wrong size.
I am getting close.
I could have made this simple stool using traditional techniques in a lot less time but I want to be able to get to a complete project where I know, I could simply put a large sheet of wood and press “Go” on the computer and it would cut all the parts needed to make this simple stool.
I designed it in Fusion 360, then created all the tool paths for the X-Carve in the Cam environment.
I am now using a Dewalt router, which is better than the previous Bosch Colt for which I destroyed the collet. I re-built the X-Axis as well to give it more rigidity when I installed the new X-Controller.
Wood is 18mm thick
Router bit : 10mm
Cut depth :3mm
Router Speed : 16000 rpm (dial setting 1)
Feed : 600mm/min (500mm/min works as well with less heat generated in the router bit)
Plunge : 150mm/min
No lead-ins or lead-outs.
The electrics have been playing funny for a few months. The RCD is tripping the whole house when I use my Laser…I have been trying to understand what is the source of the problem exactly but simply cannot source a consistent behaviour of fault.
It trips “mostly” when I am in my garage using my Laser…
So the whole family thinks it is the Laser which is faulty.
I am not sure, … actually, I am “often” in the garage. I am often using the laser. It has tripped even when I was not using the Laser or even being in the garage…
I think the Laser takes the RCD over its maximum and makes it trip.
I think the water pump of the pond is a more likely source of the problem as well as the electrics of the plugs for the pond.
So I have decided to replace the whole system. Replace the pump and new outside electric box, I am using a smart electric box with relays and a computer tracker which keeps an eye on the pump for its electric consumption and can sound an alarm in case the pump gets to work too hard.
It was a pain to do…
One day I will connect it all using a Raspberry Pi to track consumption and monitor temperatures etc…I have a Pi already setup in the conservatory “taking pictures” daily and sending them to my email.
Got my Farmbot a couple of weeks ago [here], I must wait until the garden is all re-done to be able to build it into the glass house I am planning to install in the back of the garden.
It is exciting to be part of a very early project…the enthusiasm of the creators of this project and the overall sense of community is brilliant.
Will post more when I have managed to find the time to build it!
Here a few pictures of this very well put together kit.
It is controlled by a Raspberry Pi using open source design and software
Just about to start curing some duck filets. Starting with 2 filets of Duck, I am salting using Kosher salt (sticks better to the meat) and lots of spices of all sorts. The rub will be mostly pickling spices (coriander/cloves/mustard pepper) a few dried herbs, black pepper and brown sugar.
[update] May bank holiday weekend! About 10 days that the duck is in the fridge and in the muslin. Just got my meat slicer (my Xmas present from my wife), can’t wait to try the thin slices of meat with a glass of wine.
How to Make:
I buy a gammon which I cook in a big pan with unsalted water, an onion, a few cloves, a carrot, a celery, a couple of leaves from the laurel tree of the garden.
I cook 1 hour per kilo of meat. I have tested the temperature of the centre of the gammon and it reaches roughly 55 degrees celsius.
I have now made 3 or 4 hams. I have found that the cooking must be very gentle with the water just barely boiling. Wait 1 hour per kilo of meat.
I am now trying a “final roast” method. When I put the ham in the oven for 30 minutes on 230 degres celsius with either maple syrup or other spices to coat the outside of the ham.
Will report here if it worked…
For Archive : How to make “Cured” Ham:
Just savings quickly some details to make cured ham for a different type of recipe.
Need 3 days of curing in salt for every kilo of meat
To make saucisson you need at least 2 to 3 % of salt per weight of meat.
I knew the best brand for a meat slicer was Berkel, but their machines are simply too expensive for a home user, until very recently when they introduced the Homeline. It is still very expensive so it took me a long time before I committed to the purchase…
Just received my machine this week and had to wait for the weekend to be able to try it out.
First impressions are that this machine is incredibly well designed. Feels very solid and the blade, motor, traveller are all extremely well balanced and simply function as expected.
The downside, the machine is still huge for a home kitchen and very heavy (required to make get the rigidity necessary for thin straight cuts).
However making thin slices of saucisson or thin slices of cheese make everything taste a little different and special, a big success with the family…
How to Make:
The kids certainly like it and Manu would break a diet for some warm biscuits
I love slow cooking food but it is too long to wait !…Here comes the fast slow cooker, essentially a pressure cooker mixed with a slow cooker or the opposite… 🙂
Perfect to make ribs….or bolognese sauce…