A bountiful harvest of prints this month. I had a lot of work going on in the shop, and that typically ends up producing different jigs and prints to help out.
First up, I reorganized all of my machine screws into one central organizer. To help with organization and to tell them apart I printed a screw ruler and hardware guide.
The ruler measures screw lengths of either flat head or other style. The guide has through holes that match my common hardware styles along with examples of washers and nuts. It makes matching a random bit of hardware easier.
I do a pretty good job keeping my eye and ear protection on when in the shop. Dust masks are another thing. A lot of my tools have vacuum, but certainly not all. Most masks I have tried don’t work well with the beard and mustache, and most are pretty hot. This one works well for me. I built it a little home to prevent damage, and so I always know where it is. I feel a little like bane when I wear it.
I took a photo of it on the cutting mat, then used the lines to help design an appropriate housing shape. The hinge required a single screw and nut, and a magnet in the lid and body keep it closed. The backplane screws down so I tucked it under a cabinet with other PPE.
I had a lot of flat parts that needed holes drilled in them in the same location. Instead of marking every one I made a drill template with bushings. The bushings are sized so a particular drill bit just fits inside. It keeps the bit on location and perpendicular to the surface. They will wear out eventually, but are easy to replace. These all fit in a 5/8″ hole and have two screws to keep them in place. Once built this saved me a ton of time and increased repeatability.
Dust collection fittings never fit. There was an article about it in one of my woodworking magazines. The guy basically threw up his hands and told the industry to get their act together. I emailed him with my solution. He said it was cool, but a workaround for an issue that shouldn’t exist. Agreed, but here is my workaround for my miter saw.
I switched to using these small bottles from woodcraft for my glue. I like them a lot better than the bottles that most glues come in. The only trick is that the little red caps blink out of existence once dropped. I did a few test prints with a segment missing to get the taper size and groove right for this one, but I think I have a winner. It is much easier to handle, harder to lose, and is more easily replaceable.
I had kind of a failed attempt at a vacuum system for degassing epoxy. I might revisit it at some point, but for now it is a defunct project. I needed to tap some polycarbonate for pipe fittings and bought a pipe thread tap. It didn’t come with any case or even pouch, so I printed one. I sprayed it good with oil to prevent rust. Hopefully stored this way it will not get lost, broken, or rust.