Nati’s metal and glass service table

Nati is a very close friend who lives nearby and so most of our meetings are held at my workshop and finally something came out of it. This service table is made of 10 x 10 mm metal bars welded together using my Miller Passport MIG welder.

Part of the process was to flatten the bars which are made with a roundover we didn’t like so we built a jig to hold an angle grinder under a table we then used to feed the bars over the grinder.

The initial thought was to cover the table with clear varnish but then we decided to paint it red against the off white painted glass.

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Another run time change we made was to remove the support we planned for the shelf which gave the table a more unique ad elegant look.

Credit to Nati Levit for design and hard work.

CNC Keyboard Emulator

A KB emulator for CNC is a device built from and acts as standard keyboard with one major difference: it only has the keys necessary for basic operation of a mill or lathe and is packaged accordingly.

As shown in the pic below, I took the original interface electronics from a standard full size keyboard and added a larger PCB to avoid soldering all the wires in that small fragile board. Then I mapped the inputs and identified the connections I need in order to produce the characters (such as arrows, Atl, Ccontrol, letters and other keys).

The new keyboard goes in a much smaller box and what I made so far is the upper part while the lower one is pasted there (from SketchUp)  just to show the layout. In the future I plan to replace the electronics with Bluetooth interface and place batteries in the package.

I assume that in due time I will change some of the keys as well and maybe add a joystick.

Miscellaneous woodworking

Soccer Goal:

Swing:

Workbench tabletop:

Ice cream cups holder made of American walnut and maple:

Wooden gate, pine:

Door sign, oak:

Back Camera

Shower foothold, Teak:

Shower seat, Ipa:

TV shelf, White Oak:

Garden Pine door:

Notebook pad to prevent table heat deformation:

Monitor stand made of Walnut and White Oak:

Water bottles holder for kindergarten. Made of plywood. Credits to DK:

Footstool, made of MDF:

Router Table with integral DC

The unique feature of my router table is its self contained dust collection system. Based on home vacuum motor attached to the lower shelf and activated with the router, the vacuum created in the cabinet draws most of the dust created on the top. Larger chips and finer dust are all kept inside the cabinet:

Tabletop lifts to allow router access and dust removal:

Front panel opens as well:

The filter prevents dust from returning to the workshop:

Rear view of the table reveals the vacuum motor on the bottom shelf:

Die Grinder Table

Inspired by the router table concept, the table holds the grinder while working the wood on the tabletop which provides much better control and results. The table provides support for the workpiece while grinding and with its fence allow manipulations similar to router table functionality.

The die grinder is strapped to a vertical sliding panel which moves up and down to allow bit height adjustment and replacement:

The sliding mechanism is based on aluminum pipes running inside a round groove between the frame and the tool holder.

Here you can see the screw pole which creates the up and down sliding movement of the bit.

A close look at the screw mechanism: