Here is one of the newest projects. I’ve been wanting to make something new and I’ve also wanted to teach my kids how to play Settlers of Catan. After looking at some of the custom boards, I decided to give it a shot and make my own.
Boredom + Scrap Wood = Planters
I decided to create some simple planters and grow a few veggies for around the house. I’ve never really grown plants before, so I am not sure how long these little things are going to stay alive, but so far, things have been going good. I had to thin the herd a little and make room for others to grow because I went a little crazy with the seeds. Things seem to be coming along pretty good though and all of the plants finally seem to start growing faster. We shall see towards the end of this season… hopefully there will be something to show for.
Here are some of the latest photos of the custom case that I made for the Smoothieboard. I didn’t like the old mounted system, so I decided to gut the entire case and create a new one. One of my buddies cut the aluminum rails (as he wanted to create a case for his CNC Mill’s computer as well), and I cut the plexiglass on the CNC table. The result wasn’t too bad.
Additionally, I printed a fan holder for the top of the case.
Here is the old case/holder for the Smoothie Board.
here is the machine doing some cuts
and.. here is the new case.
I just finished building my router table insert for combined workbench. The process was fairly simple. I used a jigsaw to cut the insert hole, and then used a router to create an inset pocket on the top to hold the Bench Dog router plate. To make sure that it was flush, I used the plate to set the depth of the router bit before cutting it out. The fence is still on the way, and I will need to create a pocket for the router bit. I decided to go with extruded aluminum from [8020.net](https://8020.net/shop/2040-s.html#). I will stack two of them and bore a hole through them so that I can mount that to the table surface and pivot on the right side. This will allow me to secure it from the other side, then open and close the fence as needed for cuts.