Machine-Leveled Supplementary Wasteboard for the Shapeoko

Your parts are only as accurate as the machine you make them on, and the table is an important part of the Shapeoko’s accuracy. A machine-leveled worksurface is essential for getting cuts of consistent depths, especially with thin materials. This is how I designed a supplementary wasteboard for my Shapeoko that I could affix work pieces to with absolute confidence. 3D Files*: Supplementary Wasteboard for the Shapeoko 3 XL Supplementary Wasteboard for the Shapeoko 3 (Stock) *Note: These files are … Continue reading

Precision Tuning your Shapeoko 3

The numerous degrees of freedom in the Shapeoko that allow you to build it as a kit, are also places where error can be introduced. In this video, I’ll go through the steps I took to restore as much precision as possible to my CNC machine. For those of you looking for the simple spindle squaring tool I made, see below. This is an Inkscape SVG so set your DPI to 90 (file should be approx 4 x 0.75″). If … Continue reading

The Droneship Coaster Chronicles

The following videos are the realization of a silly idea I had a few months back: What if you could land your beverage on a droneship in the style of SpaceX? Though I had no intention of beer delivery by drone, or installing flight control systems in a mug, I decided to bring the droneship part of my idea to life in the form of a wooden drink coaster. In a couple weeks I went from idea to prototype. And … Continue reading

Machining a Mounting Clip for my Subaru Grille w/ Fusion 360 & My Shapeoko

I wanted to mount an STI badge to the front of my Forester. I also wanted to make an introductory Fusion 360 video. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for a crossover so I combined the narratives to make this video, a start to finish overview of the CAD-CAM process in Fusion, and the minor iterating I did through the prototyping phase.

The Epic Fiat 500 California Roadtrip (2016 Edition)

Late last year, I had the chance to get a glimpse of West Coast life. Every trip out west previously had been quite narrow in scope. LA or SF to see family or friends. Maybe go to Disneyland. Visit Death Valley. Etc etc… I never really got to appreciate the community that is California. Spending time in San Francisco, San Jose, and then plunging straight into the deepest corners of Yosemite was an amazing experience that started the snowball rolling … Continue reading

DIY Electric Branding Iron – CNC Project 82

When I found myself needing to brand dozens of items at a time, relying on propane to keep my original branding iron hot just wasn’t going to be effective or efficient. Keeping my iron at a consistent temperature was going to be near-impossible. So I set out to find a way to attach a custom branding iron head to an electric heating tool for pyrography.