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Blog series by Sodabowski updated 05-18-2013 11:35 PM 3 parts 5381 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: motorized ceiling cord reel: preliminary calculations

07-30-2012 02:14 AM by Sodabowski | 4 comments »

So after considering the possibilities, tinkering with the numbers, considering the (said) potential hazards and comparing the price tags and user experiences that several of you guys reported on the related forum post , I decided to go the usual way for me: if children in China can make it, I can make it too. Bottomline: If Matthias Wandel didn’t do it already, I’ll do it before he even thinks about it! =p First order of business was to code a little software to make all th...

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Part 2: motorized ceiling cord reel: early plan and BoM

07-30-2012 02:48 PM by Sodabowski | 2 comments »

Here is a screenshot of the first prototype plan from top and side views. Full size here. The overall dimensions are 11” height and 13 3/4” outer diameter. Bill of Materials:- plywood: TBD, scraps could do if you can make segmented turnings, outer shell can be a pyramid or a cone- motor: $10- power supply unit: $10- Lazy Susan bearings: $4.50 plus postage (or get them at your local DYI store)- misc electric stuff: depending on the command mode. If RC, add around $20.-...

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Part 3: MagLight ;)

05-18-2013 11:35 PM by Sodabowski | 6 comments »

Quick post on improving the short-range working conditions in the shop: overhead fluo lights are okay but I’m getting old and need a boost when working close-in with the bandsaw or the drillpress. A smack in the forehead lead to this: I snatched one of my old spot lamps, got one of the computer drive magnets kept aside in a box, three screws, a chunka plywood, and a few minutes later I exclaimed: LET THERE BE LIGHT \m/ I like it so much that after a while I thought: F*k i...

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