Friday, March 30, 2018

Yet another Garden & Vineyard relocation

I moved again, and with it, the vineyard had to be relocated too. Unfortunately, at my new place, I do not have a yard, so I cannot keep the vines with me. Luckily, a friend of mine offered to take in the vines under his wing for the time being.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kölsch Brew Day and Recipe


Recently moved, I had been dying to make a new brew. My buddy kept talking to me about trying to do a lager, it being as difficult as it is with temperature control. With it being as cold as it is outside, overnight garage temperatures would actually be perfect for cold aging any beer. He decided to grab grain to make a Kölsch, as that would be a perfect style for the given season. So I hopped in and picked up some grain and yeast to do a Kölsch of my own.....


Friday, March 9, 2018

Free Washers!

I know I've been talking a lot of trash on my first bench grinder (for what a piece of trash it was, honestly, no roller bearings!).  However, history has shown that this blog has been very productive in utilizing every part of that broken grinder for the greater good.  For example, using bits of the housing for bicycle fender and basket brackets, melting the aluminum housing, and prior to that, using it as a sketch pad.  And to top it all off, I'm even still using the original grinding wheel on my new bench grinder, so I'd say that was $3 well spent, right?
After all this time, I'd never gotten around to the rotor.  I recently learned in my casting class that the aluminum part of motor rotors are actually diecasted directly onto the shaft and steel laminations forming a permanent bond (which would explain why they're so difficult to remove!) I wanted to remove the rotor, so I decided I'd try to turn it all the way down on the lathe.
Picture from the bench grinder fan post
What I didn't realize was that the steel laminations were actually round disks which extended radially outward like fan blades, with the aluminum (the non ferromagnetic material) cast in between to fill the remaining space.  I had been under the impression that they were just strips of steel embedded on the outside of the aluminum.  The good news for me: after turning through a good 1/4" of the aluminum/steel mix, I arrived at the bottom of the assembly, which looked like a bunch of serrated washers stacked together.  They separated with ease once there was no more aluminum holding them together.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wooden Plant Pot

Do you know what time it is?  It's Wooden February!!!!!!!
*Wooden February is a trademark of MJTV
Today on Scrap Attack, we transform a tall shipping crate into a plant pot for transplanting the grapefruit tree that was in much need of more root space.  I'd found this on the side of the street on trash day, and had been using it as a furniture article since.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kitchen Knife Handle

A while back I found this kitchen knife in the street that was missing a handle.  It seemed in good condition, so I decided to fashion a new handle.  I used this handle I was given from a broken brass hammer.
First, I had to open up the holes in the knife to accommodate the copper rivets I wanted to use.  I had considered using bolts or pop rivets, but I wanted this thing to look luxurious.  Here I used a carbide end mill to open up the oval shaped hole.  The carbide was necessary since the knife was hardened, and my high speed steel end mill didn't cut.
The round holes were nearly the size I needed, so I tried drilling them out.  It worked with minor success, though dulling my drill in the process.
Next drilling corresponding holes in the handle after cutting it to length.  The handle was held with a rag in the vise since the sides weren't parallel.
Then with a bigger drill, countersinking the holes so the rivets would sit flush with the handle.
Slicing the handle in half with a hacksaw.  I figured this would cut straighter than the wood saw.  The blade was the coarse tooth one I use for cutting aluminum.
Then with the belt sander, cleaning up the handle halves: smoothing the saw cut, and modifying the contours to better match the blade.  It was here I realized just how dirty the original hammer handle was.  Notice how much darker it looks in the beginning than the end.
Copper rivets cut from some scrap wire, then deburred on the belt sander.
Then, very carefully, hammering the rivets through the knife and handle.  The challenge here was to make it tight enough without cracking the wood.  Making sure to hammer them straight up and down helped a lot.
Close up of the finished handle.  Fancy!  This is actually one of the best cutting knives I have now.  A very worthwhile repair.