Tag Archives: MILL

Battery Change for the Grizzly G0619 Mill/Drill Machine Z-axis DRO

g0619-mill-z-axis-lr44-battery-changeA few months ago my Grizzly G0619 Z-axis quill digital readout stopped working.  It read erratically to begin with, then wouldn’t turn on at all.  The simple solution is change the battery (a LR44), as illustrated in the animated GIF to the right.

I suspected it had a battery powering this DRO, but thought I had to take the main cover off somehow.  Anyway, it’s quite simple – just slide the battery cover to the right as illustrated.  Maybe I’m the only one that didn’t get it, but hopefully this will save someone some time.

One of these batteries costs around $6 at Radio Shack, but fortunately Read more »

Stop Motion with GIMP, A Milling Machine, and an Env2

Here’s the results of quite a bit of work; I’ll explain how it was done and show my first video using stop motion animation after the break.

Jason Underwood, who has his own podcast, collaborated on this video after grilling some hot dogs.  The pictures for this were shot in 640 x 480 resolution which avoided some conversion hassles.  “More mustard!” – Jason

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ENV2 Camera Phone Mount

Update 1/25/2011 – I’ve now made it tripod-compatible!

If you’re one of the 2 to 3 people that read this blog regularly, you might wonder how I take all of the blurry pictures of my projects.  The Answer is with my cell phone.  Or my Env2 “feature phone”, whatever that means.  I do own an actual digital camera, but 2 Megapixels is plenty of detail for the pictures I usually post on this site and my phone is generally with me all the time.

This usually works fine, but when you want to hold a shot really steady or shoot video, especially when you’re working the controls of something yourself, the holding method could be better.  After some marginal success trying to stack random objects to hold my phone steady, I thought of an extremely simple solution.  After several minutes with a saw and milling machine, this is what I came up with: Read more »