Here are the results of this groovy endeavor. The machine table worked good for making a tongue and groove bracket. I had to move the piece around a lot to get the groove all the way down the 2x2 stock, which is really 1.25 inches square. The groove is a little off center, but its cool for the first try... Looks good anyway...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I had a need for some short bar clamps. I'm trying to mill a groove in a 2x2 to make some right angle brackets. The toggle clamps are a little to large for what I want to do, it really only needs a small bar clamp. So, I went looking for some scraps to make bar clamps for the machine table. I already had studs, t-slot nuts, springs, washers , and the flange nuts, just needed the clamping piece. Previously I had used a piece of Iron from an old garage door opener to modify the Bitmoore Vise, to improve the shaft keepers. Now that I have the Palmgren Table, the Bitmoore Vise hardly gets used. So I scavenged a couple of pieces from the Bitmoore modification to use as bar clamps. They are 1/4 inch by 1 inch rectangular Iron bars that already had the necessary holes in them. This turned out to be a quick fix because I had already done the work 6 months ago... Its like free, LOL!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Ancho Chile has a permanent home in Chili, and Enchilada sauce, but it can be used in other foods as well. The rich color and the fruity taste of the Ancho can enhance otherwise mundane foods like bread. This Doh recipe is what I use for my Pizza Doh. I was thinking that I wanted to make some rolls, but give them something to make them unique. So I am going to add a ounce and a half of ground Ancho chile to them, to add a little flavor, but also some rich seasonal color.
Working in my kitchen is an adventure. There is always the chance of equipment failure. I push my tools to their limits, and that leads to unintended angst, like the time I snapped the Doh hook. So, after the kneading process is finished we should have a big lump of Doh ready to be shaped into whatever form is necessitated for the task at hand. This could be Pizza pies, rolls, loaves, breadsticks, flatbreads, or one big old Sfincione. This time we're making rolls...
Its chile harvesting time again. Those green Jalapenos are not going to stay fresh for more than a couple weeks. You gotta take action now, preserve your crop for the winter months. Why would you want to pickle your own Jalapenos? Pickled Jalapenos are mass produced. You can buy them anywhere, and they are cheap. Well, you know, as with many other things, the quality and the nutritional content are of paramount importance to me. Mass produced pickled Jalapenos are way overcooked, mushy, and lack any real chile punch. They are a sad example of what a pickled chile should be. Conversely, the pickled Jalapenos I bottle are carefully selected, sliced, and minimally processed to optimize flavor and crispiness.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The balance of the rotor was just the start of the engineering challenges associated with the DiaMag8 Alternator. This is the first compound rotor that I have put in one of my alternators. The others have been monolithic magnets with high mechanical tolerances, and were well balanced because of that. DiaMag8's rotor is a aluminum core piece, with 8 arc segment magnets glued to its periphery.