Camera Arms For The Workshop

This started out as what i though would be a long custom build, but because of a design flaw in my original project I took a completely different direction to save time and Money. In the video, I show how to rig up some simple articulating camera arms for use in the workshop. In a small or tightly packed shops camera arms can be of great benifit, as they allow you to do away with tripods that always seem to be in your way, or just not capable of getting the exact shots you want.


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Fixing a Noga

One of the many benefits of having tools, is being able to fix something you broke. I’m usually pretty careful with my tools but the other night i knocked one of my Noga bases of the bench and broke the head. Since replacement heads are fairly expensive, I fixed the old one last night.

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Shop improvements winter 2017

I don’t know what it is, but every winter between Christmas and Valentines day my shop time always seems to go to almost zero. It’s like a perfect storm of  holiday gatherings, office parties, and family visits. This year I embraced the storm and decided to try and knock out several of the little shop improvement projects that always seem to get put off the rest of the year.

After my last big project, I decided it was time to finally address the issues with my carriage stop. Originally I planed to use thumb screws  to secure everything, but as I mentioned in the last video of the series, they didn’t provide enough clamping force. Since I was in a hurry to press the stop into service, I used set screws and a bolt instead. While this worked fine, it meant I always had to have an Allen key and wrench close by. So, shorty after Christmas I ordered some adjustable handles and modified them to fit the stop.

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Oil stone boxes

My father has had an extensive cooking knife collection for a long time, but for some reason he never purchased any sharpening stones. I thought some Arkansas stones would make an excellent Christmas gift this year, so I ordered him 3, soft, hard, & black. The stones were excellent, but the boxes they came in were less than desirable, so I decided to make some more appropriate ones.
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Making A Better Lathe Banjo Pt. 6

The final step in my change gears/banjo project was to make the special flange nuts that hold the gear bushings onto the studs. Compared to the other parts in the project, these where simple and fast to make, mainly do to the fact that they where small and had large tolerances. I got them done just in time to, because a cold front has rolled in and its now 22 degrees Fahrenheit in my shop.

Now that this project is done, I have some woodworking projects (presents) to get done before Christmas, and then I will be onto my next machining project, an articulated camera arm for the shop. I’m really looking forward to this one, because my current Rube Goldberg set-up is annoying to work with, imagine that.

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