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Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
by plytho
4 year necro for my concrete-copper candle holders:

Spoiler:
Without candles:
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I made the one on the left first and had some trouble with the concrete mixture. When I took it out of the mold (too soon) part of it broke. I don't mind too much because now it looks more industrial.

With burning candles:
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Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
by somitomi
They look pretty cool. That break was a lucky accident apparently, it looks like it was intentional.
I enjoy making stuff as well, but it's usually small electronic thingamajigs and those don't have much in terms of good looks. I also have a lot of plans for which I don't yet have the tools, knowledge or time to even start them. Anyhow, looking through my files I found photos of a model railway layout module I made last year. It's not quite finished yet, a lot of small details (more vegetation, signs and such) are missing still and the grass could use a little more work. What you see was done in about a month and then the project halted due to university stuff.
Spoiler:
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I am quite proud ot the trackwork, this was my first attempt at making a track bed.
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I messed up the river part by adding too much paint to the resin, making it way to green in my opinion.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
by plytho
somitomi wrote:They look pretty cool. That break was a lucky accident apparently, it looks like it was intentional.

Thanks.

I enjoy making stuff as well, but it's usually small electronic thingamajigs and those don't have much in terms of good looks. I also have a lot of plans for which I don't yet have the tools, knowledge or time to even start them. Anyhow, looking through my files I found photos of a model railway layout module I made last year. It's not quite finished yet, a lot of small details (more vegetation, signs and such) are missing still and the grass could use a little more work. What you see was done in about a month and then the project halted due to university stuff.


I like the way the ploughed fields look beside the track. Very impressive overall.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:50 am UTC
by djangochained
somitomi wrote:They look pretty cool. That break was a lucky accident apparently, it looks like it was intentional.
I enjoy making stuff as well, but it's usually small electronic thingamajigs and those don't have much in terms of good looks. I also have a lot of plans for which I don't yet have the tools, knowledge or time to even start them. Anyhow, looking through my files I found photos of a model railway layout module I made last year. It's not quite finished yet, a lot of small details (more vegetation, signs and such) are missing still and the grass could use a little more work. What you see was done in about a month and then the project halted due to university stuff.
Spoiler:
IMG_0283 (Custom).JPG
I am quite proud ot the trackwork, this was my first attempt at making a track bed.
IMG_0282 (Custom).JPG
IMG_0280 (Custom).JPG
IMG_0279 (Custom).JPG
I messed up the river part by adding too much paint to the resin, making it way to green in my opinion.

I like it. pretty well done:)

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
by somitomi
plytho wrote:I like the way the ploughed fields look beside the track. Very impressive overall.

djangochained wrote:I like it. pretty well done:)

Thank you both. I might have something more to post here later, if repainting model railway cars counts as "making something". I decided to buy an airbrush, because the list of projects waiting because I can't paint them got long enough to justify it.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
by plytho
Here's another thing I made:

It's an LED cube based on intructions found here: link.
I built it with a friend a couple of years ago. It's a bit banged up and a couple of connections need resoldering but other than that it still works fine.
As you can see we connected a NES controller, that's because we programmed a 3D version of snake to run on the cube.
Spoiler:
Cube with NES controller:
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Start up screen with level select. The double row of LED's represents 8 speed settings.
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This is what you see after dying, it shows the final length of the snake.
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I can't really show the game in action because I can't make a clear picture with the LED's burning on multiple levels.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
by somitomi
Cool, the NES controller is a nice touch. Are there cheat codes?

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
by plytho
No cheat codes, it's a very simple program. I guess I could have the Konami code display a "you win" animation. I'll have to figure out the code again first :)

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
by the apprentice
Jacque wrote:Bronze sculpture:

Hearts
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Oversized Letterpress Bookends
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Self Portrait
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Hi

Please could you tell me what you used to make the master mould.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
by the apprentice
Hi

I am a retired engineer tool maker and have been looking for this kind of thread to share my ideas and pictures of what I have made.
Can someone advise if one needs to have a certain amount of posts before you can show them?.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 9:31 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
the apprentice wrote:Hi

I am a retired engineer tool maker and have been looking for this kind of thread to share my ideas and pictures of what I have made.
Can someone advise if one needs to have a certain amount of posts before you can show them?.

Rules thread. Five posts.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 11:53 am UTC
by the apprentice
SecondTalon wrote:
the apprentice wrote:Hi

I am a retired engineer tool maker and have been looking for this kind of thread to share my ideas and pictures of what I have made.
Can someone advise if one needs to have a certain amount of posts before you can show them?.

Rules thread. Five posts.


Many thaks Talon.

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
by the apprentice
Here is something I made several years ago after my leather and shoemakers course.

An adjustable leather strap cutter, it has a cam operated clamp for fast adjustment between widths of 12 to 80 millimeter. The handle I turned from burr hazel with a hand rolled Sterling ferrule. The blade was made from a section of recycled industrial hacksaw blade.

She has a hold down roller which runs across the entire width of cut itself adjustable from zero to 6.00 mm thick. Mainly brass with an odd piece of PB102 Bronze.

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Being keen gardeners for a decade or so now, here are a couple of wooden objects I made last year for our allotment. An Amish style wheelbarrow made from recycled timbers, including the proper wooden wheel and removeable sides so it can be used as a flat bogie.

And as we call them here in Yorkshire, A Settle, or garden chair made from birch plywood sides cut by jigsaw and standard 50 X 25 mm roofing lathes which have had their upper edges rounded over to prevent knifing.

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While everyone was watching Zulu on the box for the umpteenth time this new year holidays I ventured into the workshop to knock together this my own version of an artificial inseminating apparatus from queen honey bees.

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It's loosely based on the original Laidlaw system of American fame with a few of my own ideas thrown into the throng.

It has also a built in hydraulic syringe that I made to do the insertion stage.

It works very well indeed, there are also a few short videos of the delicate operational stages on YouTube if anyone here is a beekeeper.

I saved well over 3k by making this myself.

If anyone is interested in can add links to the whole global step by step building program.

Please don't multi-post when one one will do it. Also, removing the weird postimage referral links while at it. -Moderator