Failing to print…

Sometimes, it doesn’t go according to plan.

So this was the plan. I saw in a catalog a widget that would let you clip your tape measure to a corner so you can easily check square. “I could make that.” And so I tried.

It kind of worked, but not as well as I wanted.

This was my first attempt at a print in place assembly, where the swivel clip sat inside the main body, but was supposed to have enough margin that they would print as two disconnected bodies. If you look closely, it didn’t work. I tried loosening it up with a knife, and if it still doesn’t work I’ll have to do an autopsy on it.

Continual learning, right?

I have a bench.

This is the best image I have!

Back in January, I posted a rendering of my plans for a bench. By early March, I had “finished” it!

Since the picture to the right, I completed the dust box and insert plate for the router, added T-track, installed electric and dust collection, and ran the jigsaw into it while cutting a piece (oops).

The table saw stands just proud of the table, making an excellent outfeed table. Dust collection for the saw routes to a blast gate just to the right of the saw, and there’s electric just behind it.

The dust box for the router is connected directly to the 2″ pipe for dust collection. With the Shop Vac, it catches a huge amount of dust off the router (it misses the larger chips but that’s fine). I mounted a safety switch on the center leg, which turned out to be perfect height to hit with my knee to stop the router.

I found myself working primarily on the “back” side of the workbench between the miter saw and the bench, so there’s also a dust port over there, as well as electric.

I still need to build a fence for the router, and I need a better place for my 3-D printer.

Need it? Print it.

The other day, I got frustrated trying to connect my vacuum hose to my Kreg Jig. I looked at the spring clamp I was using and sighed, then grabbed my calipers.

Based on this Reddit thread, I purchased an Ender 3 from MatterHackers. So far my most successful prints have been vacuum adapters and a Raspberry Pi case.

Speaking of Raspberry Pi, before my printer had even shown up I had discovered OctoPrint, a program to manage your printer from a web interface. Being able to see my printer (through the webcam interface) from anywhere, abort a print if it is going haywire, and fine-tune nozzle or bed temperatures has really made it easy to work with the printer. I’d highly recommend it. Oh and of course you can print your own case too.

Being able to print whatever I want (reasonably), whenever I want (reasonably), is amazing. The future is here.


Clusters of fun

I’m a nerd, a fast I’m sure no one is surprised by. One of the side effects of this is overcomplicating simple things.

Because I’ve always had a cloud server for hosting things like the ADT Pulse/Pushover integration and this site (among others), I decided to complicate that by running a Kubernetes cluster at Digital Ocean for the ultimate in ridiculous personal infrastructure costs.

That said, it’s been super easy to work with. I host 8 WordPress sites, the backend for Holeshot Events, as well as some personal apps for home stuff, on 2 $20/month nodes.  Could I do this more efficiently? Probably. Would it be as ridiculous? Nope.

It’s been a great learning experience, and with the release of k3s I’ve been thinking about installing it on the home server too.