Small Shops, Large Shops

How BIG is Enough? Did I ever show you my electronics bench?  Total Train Wreck:  (Fully functional, just looks like hell…) It’s ALL there.  Desoldering machine, microscope for SMT parts, even a spetroscope for LED color checking.  Thing is, I never get around to keeping it clean and organized.  Project overlap.  Phones ring.  Martini time …

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An All-Purpose Labor Day Letter

Market are closed, but we never stop working around here.  Menu this morning is a few grisly headlines, shop action, a contributed cardboard miracle begins, and a proud papa note.  Oh, plus a side of weather change and “crank the mower” time. Ready? Dancing Dollars, Destiny Dips Although U.S. markets are closed for the holiday, …

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One Other Shop Note

Got up early this (Sunday) morning and a few minutes before sunrise, had a successful “test firing” of the new Harbor Fright Dust Collector: Not terribly noisy – and the old (small) unit will remain installed in a through-wall set up.  It will be plumbed to move the 3D printer odors outdoors.  I may upgrade …

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Prepping: But At Thingiverse?

No doubt, one of my favorite readers well scream at me about my twisted-up understanding of “digital assets” but for those paying attention, the discussion is worth having. There are, in Ure’s judgment, two distinct classes of “digital assets.”  The kind that are “offline” and the kind that require “online” to work. I’ve studied the …

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Prepping: Tuning Your IA&O Skills

IA&O means Improvised, Adapt, & Overcome skill.  Yet they are simple as pie to hone.  It’s just that most people are too damn lazy and wouldn’t recognize a chance to increase the surrounding world’s conveniences and comforts if it smacked them in the face. Last weekend,  I “invented” something I call “Shopaulettes.”  And with that, we’re into …

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