Archive for April, 2014

Motor Chassis – Design and marking out

Motor Chassis - Design and marking out

When designing the chassis for the Topsy Turvy Clock I needed to think about how the components would fit on the brass sheet but also how I would go about marking out. Typically when dimensioning a diagram you use a

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RSPCA Fountain

RSPCA Fountain

Up at the American University not far from the entrance to Richmond Gate entrance to Richmond park there is a flower bed with an unusual ironwork surround. Around to top is a banner stating “Erected by the Royal Society of

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Ironwork of Richmond, Ham and Kew

Ironwork of Richmond, Ham and Kew

The ironwork out in the South West corner of London is different to that seen in the centre. In Mayfair and St James I saw lots of railings and balconies. For Richmond, Ham and Kew the focus is on the

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Trailer Modification

Trailer Modification

β€œAll children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan Likewise, all toys will eventually become too small or too childish for their owner. A few years ago, I purchased a wooden

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Clock gear spacing

Clock gear spacing

After playing with the locations of the motors and gears I roughly sketched an assembly diagram with the location of the motors and shafts to allow me to estimate various part sizes. My gears were described as “27 mm Diameter

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Exploding E-Cigarettes

Exploding E-Cigarettes

In the news this week was a report about a barmaid and an exploding electronic cigarette. Apparently the device had been plugged into an IPad charger rated at 2A rather than the intended charger which was rated at 0.5A. A

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Making a Concrete Planter

Making a Concrete Planter

After the bathroom was repaired we have a selection of hardiebacker concrete board pieces left over. Not wanting to chuck these away but also not really having space for them I decided to make a planter out of them. The

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Scotland to switch to DC

Scotland to switch to DC

Scottish Power have confirmed plans that following a “yes” vote for Scottish Independence they will be switching their electricity distribution network to DC. “Tesla was right! says Scotland” This change will allow them to drop their requirement to synchronise their

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