Getting an X-Acto knife set for Christmas is good, but, if you’re like me, spray painting it and engraving your initials and something creative like, “EXACTO KNIVES” in it is even better (Edit: it would have actually been better if I’d looked up how to spell X-Acto knife before engraving). I also received a magnetic parts tray, which came in very handy when taking everything apart to be painted and engraved.
I’ve spray painted wooden boxes before, like when painting “Boxie the Creepster”, but this time I didn’t want to mess up the hinges and clasp. I took them off and put them in the magnetic tray where they stayed nicely. This allowed for a professional look after 2 coats of spray paint and reassembly. The lid was put in the router disassembled, which probably made things easier than trying to fixture it as a whole.
After spray painting everything, Read more »
The “Starbucks Tower”, wow!
As readers of this blog know, I’ve written about and done business with Zen Toolworks on many occasions. I was pleasantly surprised to find a very nice gift from Starbucks on my doorstep from them.
As with other supporters of this blog, it’s really nice to get something like this in appreciation for contributing to their business. The note specifically mentioned their forum, which I do contribute to at times, and is a great source of information for those starting out with a ZTW machine.
All that being said, someone who takes care of his customers and those who write about his business, seems like someone who would really stand behind his product. I haven’t ever needed to ask him to stand behind their product though, which is even better!
As for what I’ve written about ZTW machines, check out any of these articles.
I certainly have my favorite articles or subjects, but here’s the top 6 articles from 2011 (and what little I did in 2010) ranked according to traffic:
#6 – How to set up Your CNC Router…: I decided to make this a “top 6 list” because, although this one didn’t quite make the “top 5″, building and learning to work with this CNC router was probably the biggest project that I did this year. You can find all of the articles relating to my router in the CNC section of jcopro.net.
#5 – Draftsight Review – Like AutoCAD, but Free!: I really wouldn’t have thought this would make a list of top posts for the year, but for some reason this review comes up relatively high on search results. For those of you that don’t know, Draftsight is a free version of AutoCAD that actually works pretty well! Give it a try, especially if you have some .dxf or .dwg files that you need to view or work with.
#4 – A Radial Engine Model Made By Accident: After generating some gears with my CNC router. I decided that I would make a device to allow a square block roll around on it’s own using four pushers. As it turns out, the little air freshener motor that I decided to use didn’t have enough torque to pull this off, even with some gear reduction. After realizing that it wasn’t nearly there, I decided to “rebrand” it as a “Radial Engine model.” Actual radial engines almost always Read more »