Dallas Makerspace Show & Tell - February 2020

Yea. Specially the 2x4 are very hard with traditional Hss tools. I started with them but got lot of rare and not really an ideal option. Then I use carbide tools and it worked like charm. In the end I was using both but if I had to do it again I won’t go with this type of wood.i rather mix ash or maple with walnut


Yeh, conventional wisdom is to try to use woods of similar hardness for segmented pieces. I wondered how this worked out. Thanks.

And to be completely lazy :grin: Do you remember what parameters you used on the FlexBox3?

Thank You

I had someone else asking about this too so here is the info on making one.

I used 1/8 inch (3 mm) Baltic Birch Plywood from Central Hardwood, however it is not actually 3mm. It’s about 2.9mm, which you wouldn’t think would make a difference but it does.

Aside from the dimensions, I also changed the thickness setting to 2.9.

Here is the file I used on Blitzen if you want to cut your own at these dimensions.

You will have to manually drill the holes to mount the lamp, and the brace on the back. The brace on the back is there to prevent the lid from opening too far, because it’s top heavy.

CuringBox.zip (53.9 KB)

Had another awesome chainmaille class with Rose (@Just_Me) & Jonathan Smith tonight - we learned how to make full Persian 6-in-1 bracelets! :smiley: Here is my “Cheshire Cat” newbie chainmailler version of it (made with hot pink & bright purple rings - with & without the cute optional charm attached):


These Godzilla-themed hex medallions were designed and made by @skyspook using the laser cutter.


Coasters with coaster holder.



Took a solid piece of hickory and rough cut it on the cnc. Then shaped it on the spindle sander and more precisely carved with a dremel by hand. After shaping was done, I burned the wood with a propane torch, drew the tribal design on each side (I created the tribal design prior to the shaping of the handle), and carved a relief around the design with a dremel. Painted the relief with some ceramcoat, mounted the axe head, and finished the whole thing with a few coats of spray lacquer.

I made this axe handle for a buddy of mine who’s into axe throwing.


High Vacuum. We have been working on this for a while. Our previous best was about 500 microns. We pulled it down to less than 10 microns, that’s 1/76000th of an atmosphere.


did you make the axe head

I did not make the axe head, I took it from another axe that my buddy currently uses. I did this because:
1.) Because he’s used to the weight of the head already.
2.) I have no idea how to blacksmith :sweat_smile:
Been meaning to learn but I never seem to see any classes teaching anything about anything in the metal shop, and in the rare case I do see one it’s always full :frowning_face:

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yeah i was askng to see if you could have given me pointers lol since i know nothing about blacksmithing but really want to make my own axe handle but would have to take the head from another axe

Open forge on the 23rd. great place to get started. Blacksmithing is not one of those things you learn in an hour and a half. See you there. There is no real set class limit on this.

I made matching luggage tags for my Sis and hubbies.
Thanks to @apparently_weird for the help.


I needed a new pincushion.

This is a needle-felted baby Horta.

You can see the full-size adult Horta in the old Star Trek episode “The Devil in the Dark” (see upper right in images below)

Needle-felting uses a barbed needle to repeatedly stab a mass of wool, tangling and sculpting it. Plus stabbing something repeatedly is oddly satisfying :innocent:

The image on the middle right is how it started as a pile of colored wool. Then blended some of the colors for the major colors on the Horta (dark browns, greenish brown, glowing yellows, reds). On the black foam is the white core shape (needle sticking in it), which is then covered in colors and tacked down, then used barbed felting needle to sculpt shapes. Handspun some yarn to fringe feet, cut into bits, felted them and attached. Then covered bottom side.


Took @coffeebean 's macrame class and loved it. I took home a little bit of work but not much (and did a few knots outside of what’s taught).

This class was fantastic and great for those that aren’t sure if they want to actually commit to macrame. It covers your basic knots that you often use when doing macrame AND I got to learn a new knot (I like learning). I’m not great at knitting and never crocheted, but I have always found macrame much easier than the knitting I’ve done.

Now I just have to decide if I really want to add in some fiber in the longer open areas. Never tackled that before but it’s why I left the longer spots, in case I wanted to try.


For those doing Open Forge, there’s not class limit, but we do limit the number of attendees actually taking instruction.

That being said, even though the class is full, we often have one or two no-shows and can accommodate a little overbooking if you want to “fly standby.”

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I should have consulter you, sorry. What is the creation for the 23rd??

Very Nice!!!

A camping (or backyard BBQ) cup/can/bottle holder.