Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #5: Tuesdays with Mot

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 08-07-2007 07:25 AM 6353 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Tuesdays With Lee Part 5 of Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection series Part 6: Tuesdays with Schroeder (and company) »

This week it’s a return to Mot’s shop. Sure we visited Mot in the early days, before things got more organized. But that was a social call, and this is, after all the more serious matter of an inspection.

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MsDebbieP likes the ambient dust filtration, the tight organization and the lighting. I was excited by the Cat5 cabling and shopcam. For a small shop, there are all the necessary tools and some very high-tech toys.

Mot has been experimenting with a lathe instruction series as part of the CyberSkillShare series (or CSS, not to be confused with Cascading Style Sheets for those web designers amongst us), and they have been quite informative. Even if you are a voracious reader, there is something that gels learning faster when there are pictures or video to refer to.

After some serious concern following a recent break-in, Mot has installed some not-so-common security features.


Even if you are in the Mission Impossible Unit, you should think twice before attempting to breech this perimeter. CyberToolShare by appointment only.

The Many Faces of Mot
Many of us have known Mot to favor his alter-ego “Spid-tato Man”. He has branched out in recent days, and I wanted to ask him a bit about these alternate characters. Darth Tater represents his recent security concerns. We asked for and were granted a group portrait. He is working to see if R2-Potatoo can be utilized for tight camera work in the CSS series, but I was unable to find a Cat5 or bluetooth interface anywhere (and I looked as closely as decorum would permit). More will likely be revealed…


In sum total I think Optimash Prime (the character in the lower right corner of the group shot) has it right. It’s thumbs up on the Inspection. Mot for a great shop, and sterling teaching efforts, go get your certificate.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 08-07-2007 07:28 AM

Thanks to the entire Mot clan for a great visit.


We are always looking for more brave volunteers for the shop tour and inspection. Don’t be shy. It won’t hurt a bit.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 08-07-2007 07:45 AM


-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 08-07-2007 07:53 AM

good job Mot. MsDebbie and Douglas

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-07-2007 12:23 PM

Good job!!

Which one is Tom?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 08-07-2007 01:02 PM

Lee.. he’s the one in the red spidey outfit.

Well written Douglas.
It was indeed a fascinating visit and I left without a single laser burn, spider web, or extension cord wrapped around my neck!

Nice shop Tom.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-07-2007 01:18 PM

Thats a great looking shop Mot.
I have the same mitresaw too.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#7 posted 08-07-2007 01:46 PM

Good shop and I wish I had someof your helpers. Can I borrow some?
The other Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 08-08-2007 04:18 AM

Nice job all….Tom, I hope they catch the S.O.B. and brand the word THIEF on his forehead. Maybe Darth can do the carving?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 08-10-2007 06:15 AM

Nice ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 08-12-2007 02:34 AM

Thanks for the inspeciton and tour, Debbie! My guys have been hard at work with the tech setup in the shop. Douglas. The Cat5 jack is above the window to the picture left in the SW corner of the shop. This is a the site of the shop cam with firewire and cat5. I’ll have the monitor setup in the next week or so. Just back from vacation and about to clear the laser traps with my flame thrower.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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