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The Sort of Thing Grandpas and Fine Old Gentlemen Are Made Of

Sep 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  1 Comment

I loved this great story about Alvin Bogie, a 92 year old retired farmer taking his three great grandsons on a homemade train he made years ago:

 
The “engine” is a 1919 Titan tractor pulling a train of homemade cars by Mr. Bogie. It has a one cylinder hit & miss engine. I hope…

Chris Bathgate: Amazing CNC Sculpture Art on a Small CNC Machine

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

For everyone who thinks CNC is not art, and for everyone who thinks small CNC machines can’t turn out work of the highest quality, I give you Chris Bathgate and his amazing sculptures.  His work is spectacular:

The detail and finish is exquisite.  The designs are otherworldly–it would not be hard to believe they’re UFO…

Quickie Vise Pallets for Small Parts

Sep 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments

The secret sauce for a lot of very clever machine work is in the fixturing and workholding, so I always pay attention when people are posting pictures of their fixtures (he’s a poet and just don’t know it, yeah right!). Here is a nice simple little fixture from Travis on CNCZone:

It’s kind of like…

A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these:

Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel…
Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …

Are 3D Printers the Ultimate Scale Modeler’s Tool?

Aug 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

In my youth I spent hours building precision scale models of various military fighting vehicles from kits made by Tamiya.  They were intricately detailed and I would do everything I could to make them look realistic–right down to weathering them with fancy airbrushed paint jobs. Even so, I was limited to what kits were available…

Adam Savage’s Radical Alternative to Tool Boxes

Aug 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  16 Comments

What’s better: crazy crowded drawers or a nice vertical organized tool stand?
I’m a toolbox fanatic.  Almost every year when they go on sale after Father’s Day or Christmas, I look over the deals, and buy another rolling tool box.  It seems like there are never enough drawers available to really organize a shop, and…

Dude, You Want To Ride My Dinosaur?

Aug 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment

Bob the Drill-Powered T-Rex Scooter…
Every now and again we come across that guy.  You know, the one who does the coolest projects ever.  The projects that make you giggle nervously or just stare open-mouthed when you see them.  How the heck do these guys and gals even think of these things?
Take Izzy Swan,…

CNCing a High Performance Yo Yo is Genius

Jul 28, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  7 Comments

Why not?  As I’ve said in the past, I love frivolous CNC projects.  What could be better than a precision machined YoYo that looks and performs way better than anything you can get at the local toy store?
I confess, this one has been on my mind ever since I came across an article about…

Phil Abernethy’s Clocks are Modern Art

Jul 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

When I first started getting into CNC, I was surprised at how many artists have taken to the medium.  There are some truly amazing works out there that couldn’t have been done without help from CNC.  Take Phil Abernethy’s beautiful clocks, for example.  Each one is different, and they’re all done with a very modern…

Clever Stickvise from a CNCCookbook Customer

Jun 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Products  //  2 Comments

I love hearing all the fun stuff our customers do.  Stickvise is a neat product created and sold by Alex Rich, a long-time CNCCookbook reader and G-Wizard Calculator user.  I’ll let Alex tell the Stickvise story in his own words:
I am a long time customer of yours, I work at a company called BriarTek…

Carlos Zilzer’s Ultra-Precise CNC Clock

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds  //  1 Comment

I got a nice note from Carlos the other day mentioning how much G-Wizard Calculator had helped him on his CNC Router projects.  I always like to run articles about what customers are doing, and in this case, Carlos has a fascinating project.
He talks about how wood and brass clocks have a hard time…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 8: A Spindle for Our Mill

Jun 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  4 Comments

This is the eighth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

Amateur Clockmaking Manual Machining Style

May 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  12 Comments

Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…
The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be…

Auto Loading a Milling Vise

Apr 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Saw this one on the latest installment of the Tormach blog.  It’s an auto-loading setup for a milling vise built by machinist Joe Gerad:

Auto-Loading a Milling Vise…
We’ve featured vise auto-loaders before, but this one is so cheap and cheerful, I just had to run it here.  There’s a pneumatic gripper mounted on the…

9 Completely Frivolous Things You Could Make on Your Expensive CNC Machine

Apr 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments

We sent men to the Moon with it and much more, but CNC can also be such a decadent luxury.  No matter what you make with CNC, it takes on that certain look of mechanical perfection.  Nature is filled with organic curves, so when we see CNC’d objects, they’re particularly profound in their man-made contrast.…

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