Finally getting some shop time in this weekend after spending every spare moment of the past couple of weeks prepping the garden for the growing season.
Projects seem to be piling up faster than we can finish them.
It’s been a busy winter with work and reno’s but spring brings longer, warmer days and more time spent on fun workshop projects.

Progress on the Workshop window and door lintels is happening slowly.

The workshop has 3 doors, a large 9ft wide window and a patio door. Each of them has 4inch fir trim and will be topped with a custom designed lintel.

These start out with my rough pencil sketches:


get fleshed out in Illustrator:


Derek takes the files and sets them up in 3D software to plan the cuts then the magic starts as we watch the CNC make an idea into a real object.
Our new Fein sanding and cutting tool makes the finishing go a lot quicker:

Here’s a pic of one of the door lintels. Still lots of finishing to do and the final varnish but you get the idea.

I’ll post more photos when they’re all up!

Time for a beer!

Well the pub sign is finally done! We’ll be bringing it to Maker Faire this year but it’s final home will be above our kegerator beside the bar.

We cut the sign on our big CNC from scraps of HDU (High Density Urethane) kindly given to us by Dan Sawatsky of Imagination Corporation. Dan is pretty much the world’s greatest sign maker and a huge inspiration.

Phew! I think it’s time for a beer.


Pub Sign

Spring is here, the sun is shining and I’m working in the shop! Life is good.
We’re starting to gear up for Vancouver Maker Faire 2012. First project to finish off – the Fox and Raven pub sign! This one has been sitting on my work bench for far too long.
I finally started the painting this week. Here’s the progress so far:

Fox and Raven sign progress

You may notice a sign making beginners mistake (I’ve made several) painting before gluing on the letters. I thought it would be easier to paint this way but now I’m wondering how the hell I’ll get the letters to stick.

We were there! Vancouver Maker Faire 2011!!

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the lack in updates over the past 2 months.
Sorry to keep you all on the edge of your seats, you may now resume normal seat position.
Couldn’t be helped.
We’ve only recently recovered from Vancouver’s first Maker Faire that took place this year on June 25th to 26th.
It’s taken this long to dig ourselves out of the disaster zone that we call our workshop and get things reorganized, or, as the term organized didn’t apply to begin with, how about we just say organized.

Vancouver Maker Faire was fantastically successful with nearly 100 exhibitors and over 7000 attendees. After four months of fast paced making, Derek and I managed to pull off our projects! Yay! In total, making a display, backlit sign, upholstered bench, 2 bookcases and many other smaller projects.
It was great to see family and friends and many familiar, friendly faces at the event.
We brought along our mini CNC Andre to the event to demonstrate how a CNC works and talked about how we made the large projects on Big Ben our big CNC.

So what’s planned for next year? Lots of course. As usual, far more than is entirely reasonable.

Derek has a new toy in the basement which is why he hasn’t seen daylight in the past 2 weeks.
It’s a 3D printer. He’s just finishing up the building of it this weekend.

I’m working on several new designs, clocks, furniture, pub signs etc. We will post more photos soon!
Derek will also be posting about the building of the 3D printer as soon as I can draw him out of the basement, blinking into the sunlight, following my carefully placed trail of electronics parts.
He’s currently fairly non-responsive to vocal prompts.
I check on him once in a while, feed him, check to see that he isn’t setting anything on fire, that sort of thing.
However, there is a burgeoning feeling of excitement in the air, and I feel the printer’s completion is imminent, which means we should be 3D printing in the next few days or so.

Until then, check out a few photos of our display at the event…

Derek with Andre our mini CNC:

Back lit sign

Maker Faire – Flight of the Bumble Bee

…has pretty much been the sound track to our lives for the past 4 months. Check out our Flight of the Bumble Bee video here:

This video will be playing in “ContainR” at Maker Faire.
It’s next weekend folks, step right up and get your tickets!
It’s only a 2 day event and there are a limited number of tickets.