Show and Tell December 2020

Help YourFellow Makers

We gain inspiration from our fellow makers. Post a picture or two and description of anything you are working on this month at the 'Space (or wherever) here!

It can be anything from a small craft project to a large CNC router project to building a table to 3D printing to a science experiment and so much more. There are lots of people doing cool things at DMS all the time, but most of us don’t get to see it. Post it here and share the interesting things you are doing at Dallas Makerspace this month!

Posting here helps not only promote Dallas Makerspace, but could inspire others to make something. It will also help PR post a monthly look at what can be done here on a blog post or other social media (with attribution to each maker of course).

:bulb: NOTE: Please try to include the following on each post, to help make for richer social media content!

  • a quality PHOTO
  • a notation about WHAT you’ve made
  • WHO you are (for attribution on the blog)
  • HOW you’ve made it
  • and WHY

I made a UV resin curing station for my 3D printer. I bought a second hand microwave off of Facebook Marketplace and modified it, I disconnected the Magnetron and unplugged the light that illuminates the inside of the oven when it is running. I placed the Power Supply of the UV Led strips into the light’s circuit. Whats cool, is the turntable rotates, and microwave beeps when its time done.


Last couple of projects. Been really into kumiko lately. The kumiko wall cabinet is out of Mike Pekovich’s book “The Why and How of Woodworking”. The small lamps design was taken from Adrian Preda’s youtube Channel. The large lamp is Japanese inspired with modern elements. The wall art was done after reading mike Farrington’s fine woodworking article. Thanks!


This is what I always talk about when you say “they were just from plan” man you’re stuff is amazing from plans or not it doesn’t matter you’ve got serious talent! You’re stuff continues to impresses me, time and time again! Top notch stuff man! Top notch
Also thank you a ton for the section you did for me! Really appreciate it, it (as always lol) looks amazing


Laser cut some prototype ‘COVID snowflake’ ornaments to share with family and friends


No problem! Glad you liked it. I look forward to seeing how you use it!

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I hosted a Raku event tonight. Wow at the beautiful pieces! Glaze Raku, Horse hair Raku, and I did some sagger.

Everyone had a great time.



Kindness Matters dye sub masks that a teacher friend is giving to her students for Christmas. She works with special needs kids, and puts her whole heart into it.


Broken window glass wreath fused. I think it will be nicer with a bow and colored lights, on a colored wall




My second time updating a 3D file in tinkercad. The original was the one with the squares and I just wanted a regular pen/pencil holder. Also everything is better if it glows in the dark!


Amboyna burl fountain pen and flame-colored copper earrings. I’m working on them at home now, but want to give a big THANK YOU to John Gorman and Cairenn Day for teaching me the basics for these 2 years ago!

Liza Hendricks


I hand built this porcelain fishy bank (piggy bank but fishier) and then finished it with raku. It came out very beautifully, this has to be my all time favorite ceramics piece I’ve made! :fish:


I did a pair of presentation boxes for gift this year. Unfortunately, the span of time between initial design, cutting, receipt of hardware, and assembly was … considerable … thus hurry up and wait instead became wait and hurry up.

In both cases there was the usual comedy of minor design errors, fixes, bodges, and expediencies (I shall leave their observation and possible enumeration as an exercise to the reader). Time pressures, the reality of my cuts being less … line fitting … and execution of glueups led to the decision not to apply a finish. The apparent unavailability of the Zing on my cutting days lead to no engraving of the hooch box.

  • Designed using an AutoCAD clone
  • Materials
    • 5mm underlayment
    • 2mm EVA foam (hand cut, unfortunately)
    • 2" hinges (hooch)
    • Toolbox style clasp (hooch)
    • Minimalist clasp (blaster)
    • Titebond II adhesive (wood-to-wood)
    • Tacky Glue quick-dry (foam-to-wood)
  • Assembly
    • 220 grit sandpaper to clean up edges, soot from cutting
    • Putty knife, 220 grit sandpaper to remove glue squeezeouts
    • Misc tools (files, handsaw) to modify design errors on both boxes
    • Clamps - not enough yet too many - to execute glueups

I swear if I ever do this again, I will wait until I have hardware in hand before committing to the design. That and I’ll stop making mid-course design changes after I’ve documented the individual parts. That and learn how to glue more neatly so that finishing is possible. And maybe cough up for better plywood than tri-ply underlayment with near paper-thin outer faces.


My de facto brother-in-law will be the recipient of some local spirits in a presentation box.

I’ve got better photos taken by a Real Camera™ but the SD card reader has gone missing.


My father shall be the recipient of a gag gift:


More clay, more crochet

Blanket’s a little over half way done.


Over the past several months I’ve been working on my prototype key. Ive been battling fighting tapers in my soft jaws, tapers on the lathe, etc. I was finally able to get success. I bought 9/16 303 stainless rod & a 9/16 5C collet for the chuck. I machined my 9/16 on the Colchester to .550”. Last night I put the soft jaws in the HAAS & ran my setups. My first setup is to cut the triangle key portion with a .118 2 flute end mill. The second setup was a flip with a .250 ball nose end mill, then a bore for my spring detent & hex for a wrench. The third setup was a flip to the side with a bore perpendicular to the last setup with the a bore intersecting the spring detent bore. I made the handle with 3/8 304 stainless with groove in the center to catch the detent. I drilled & tapped the spring detent hole to accept the 5/16 stainless set screw. I tried several variants with different spring lengths to get the right spring tension.

This is what I ended up with. The only finishing is deburring the key & scotch bright the handle.


did you list it on Ebay?

Finished my 2020 Commemorative Christmas ornament.


That about sums it up…