Setup and first 3D print

So I’ve been spending some time recently looking into 3d printing. Before I bought my CNC machine I was on the fence between a 3d printer and a CNC machine.  I ended up buying a CNC machine first since it was more practical for what I wanted to start building – but I still had…

Tracing an image to import into Carbide Create

It’s hard not to jump head first into cutting all sorts of crazy things on your CNC machine.  Trust me – I fight the urge almost everyday.  In this post/video, I wanted to tackle a simple project that highlighted how easy it was to use the Shapeoko and the Carbide 3d software.  This project is…

Working with a pasta machine

So my first attempt at making homemade pasta turned out sort of “meh”.  The noodles were way too big and they just didn’t taste very good (I assume I over or under cooked them).  So I went to Amazon and bought myself the Marcato 8320 pasta machine. I made a quick batch of dough over…

Making a threaded table for the Shapeoko XL

One of the first things I wanted to get done on my Shapeoko was to come up with a way to secure the stock to the wasteboard.  The most common way to do this is to drill holes in the wasteboard and put threaded inserts in.  You can then use bolts and clamps threaded into…

Making Pasta – take 1

So today I made my first attempt at making homemade pasta.  I bought a book a couple weeks back on making pasta.  It’s been a pretty simple read and I like how the recipes are simple and straight forward.  So far Im enjoying the book!  So today I took a crack at the basic recipe. …

Drawing your own image with the Shapeoko

So you’ve just built your Shapeoko and likely ran the legendary “Hello World” marker project.  Hopefully that all went well.  But now what?  At this point – you have a working machine but you’ve only run someone else’s G-code file to print the Shapeoko logo.  I think a great next step is to do your…

Shapeoko XL – First impressions

As some of you know, I’m very interested in carpentry.  I’m also very interested in electronics so it seems rather natural that at some point I would wind up with a CNC machine.  To tell you the truth, the idea of owning one hadn’t even crossed my mind until about a year ago when my…

Open Garage Hardware (and software) prototype v2

One of my goals this year is to become more proficient at Python programming.  It’s something that I keep dancing around the edges of but I’ve never just dived right into it head first.  I was having some issues getting motivated about it so I decided to try and find a way to make it…

Project Laundry Room – The build

It occurred to me that I didn’t really spend much time talking about the process of building the cabinets for the laundry room so I thought I’d do a quick write up on that.  The project started here with a set of plans my wife drew up for what she wanted.  The ask was pretty…