Our First House!

Several years ago Derek and I started vacationing on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and fell in love with Roberts Creek.
Last year in March we finally made the move and rented a cabin by the beach for a few months while we waited for the right home to come on the market.
We found our house in summer and moved in September 1st. The past few months have been non-stop renos, yard work and getting the workshop built but we’re finally settled!

Here are a few photos of our home:

Before Renos:
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After Renos with the Shop:
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We live right across from Henderson Beach – friends and family are welcome to visit 🙂
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First Christmas

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The shop with CNC resurrected! We’re currently cutting the header boards for all the doors and windows. You can see one partially finished on the tablesaw (centre) The giant slab of oak on the right is part of a bowling alley floor which we are upcycling into a giant workbench from.
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This year will be fun with the new workshop!
Stay tuned for lots of project progress reports coming soon!

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PLA Lost “Wax” Casting

TL;DR: It works, try it.

I finished off the furnace with another couple of pounds of refractory cement, and let it dry for a couple of days, then fired it slowly over a few hours to burn out the rest of the water. Things looked solid, so the next step was to try and cast something. Of course, my first thought was to “forge” some currency, and the results are below:

BTC: Meatspace Edition

It looks like I needed to burn out the PLA for a bit longer, as things bubbled and hissed a bit when I poured in the Metal. The plaster definitely needed more burnout too, since it cracked and released some steam, but overall, the process works. Just be patient with the burnout, and run it for a really long time to make sure you get all the water out (and/or keep your investments thin as you safely can).

Overall: Success! I’ll be doing Aluminum next, casting some 80/20 compatible parts for my new 3d printer design.

Building a Metalcasting Furnace

Yet another busy afternoon; I mixed up some perlite/refractory and started building out a furnace for aluminum casting. Things are going pretty well so far. The 4:1 perlite to refractory mix seems to work OK, although I am sticking closer to 3:1 right now. My refractory cement already has some aggregate in it, so it’s a bit intolerant of the big chunks of perlite. I wish I could add some soap to the mix to make the perlite wet out better.

I also picked up a propane adaptor for a barbecue which just happens to match the size of a cheapass propane torch. This means I can use my cheap propane nozzle to heat the assembly. Turns out that there are standards for these kinds of things. Who knew!

Next up, drilling holes for handles in my cast iron skillet/crucible, then burnout for both the furnace and my 3d printed investment, then finally a test casting in Aluminum. Gonna be a busy week.

Beermaking again!

Finally started to brew again after a hiatus of several years (due to time constraints, not by choice).

This time around I am brewing a 7-ish percent IPA, using ESB and Caravienne malts, and a ludicrous amount of hops. I hope the 1.120 starting gravity will balance out the massive IBU.

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Went to Greendale Pottery and Beef yesterday to pick up a quarter of a cow. You heard me. A quarter of a freakin’ cow.

What? It’s Barbecue season?

Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve gathered from the name, she also makes amazing pottery. Check out our new pottery beer mugs. Looks like a beer poured into a clear glass and running down the edges but it’s just the glaze colour.

ps. Maker Faire on Saturday! Don’t forget to buy tickets!

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