Jul 14 2016

DIY – Discovering a new hobby

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Sometimes it feels like our childhood ended quite soon. We were burdened with education and sent to college. After that, all we could think of was getting a job and being financially stable. Well, now you have achieved that, you have got the time to discover some new hobbies. The best option you have id ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) projects. Let’s know more about it.

DO it yourself (DIY)

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Benefits of DIY as a hobby
We should start with knowing why it is the best option. DIY has numerous benefits. Some of them are enlisted below.
1. While working on a DIY project, you are the boss. You can implement your ideas and your methods freely. This is a great privilege for those who are working at a place where they have to do exactly as told. By working on something of your own, you will be able to feel the liberty.
2. The projects will actually serve some purpose. While most of the hobbies, like movies or sports, are only for passing the free time, DIY will get some work done. Suppose you need some piece of furniture for your living room, rather than hiring someone to build it, you can do it yourself.
3. There have been a few cases where people have created something innovated through a DIY project and have made some money by selling it in the market. If you are able to create something new or modify an old thing to serve a better purpose, you might be able get some profit out of it.
4. It is a great way to bond with your loved ones. If you are able to get your kids or friends involved in your project, you will get to spend some quality time with them. And creating something new together always strengthens the bond between two people.
5. You can fulfill many childhood dreams by taking up DIY as a hobby. For instance, there are many people who have always wanted a video game cabinet. Not everybody can afford a new one. But the DIY kits for these machines are quite cheaper. If you build it yourself, it will not just be cheaper but also a lot more satisfactory.

Finding the right DIY project
There are numerous websites that sell these projects. You can browse through them and take a look at all the options. You can even talk to your friends. You might find someone who has been doing this for a while. They will be able to recommend some projects to you. Also, you can join forums or blogs that focus only on DIY. You will learn about some popular projects. You can even use a search engine to find out about the most popular projects. Once you have found a few good options, you will need to select one from them. To take this decision, you can take the following things into account. It will help you take the right decision.

1. Required skills: Every project requires different skills. The basic ones need you to be comfortable with screwdrivers and drilling machines while you need to have good knowledge of computers and electronics for the advanced projects. So, you should select the project, according to your skill set. Otherwise, you will be stuck in between without any clue about what to do next. It is better to start something you can complete.

2. Affordability: There will be a bunch of different things that you will have to buy to start a project. The most important things are the tools and the material. Once you get these things, you can start. But there are several other things that you will need along the way. You should plan according to that. Suppose you have 100 bucks, start the project that takes 75 bucks according to your initial estimates.

3. Time needed: If you start counting all the things that you started with great enthusiasm but soon left it due to a busy schedule, the list might get quite long. So, select a project that is not too long. Otherwise, you will soon get bored and leave it. At least the initial projects should be short. Once you have gained complete interest in DIY, you can take on bigger projects too.


Jan 7 2016

power tool replaced for Hobby CNC drilling

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power tool replaced for Hobby CNC drilling

Using a CNC machine for drilling is fairly common for projects that hobbyists or professionals intend to mass produce. Drilling will be something that those of you with a mill, router or lathe can use your power tool for. While any CAD/CAM software can be used to accurately control the feed and depth rate you will need to choose the right drill bit for your project before you get started on anything else. For your power tool there are two primary categories of bits that you can work with and some bits are specifically made to be the best when working with metal or wood on your CNC machine.

CNC drill  power tool

CNC drilling bit

Insert drill bits tend to be cheap, making them easily replaceable when they wear down and saving you the time you would otherwise need to sharpen them. They are also easy to use, having a ground structural point to help center the drilling operation and not needing to rely on a grind wheel. On the downside, insert bits can leave a burr in the exit hole so you will frequently need to smooth your material over after drilling. With the bits being so cheap you also run the risk of damage to your tool holder if the bits break, which could result in your tool holder needing to be replaced.
Twist drill bits are a common alternative to insert bits. Twist bits use a corkscrew flute pattern with the shape and sharpness of the flutes determining how each bit is best used. Due to this twist bits will require re-sharpening on a power tool grinder from time to time. Individually twist bits tend to be cheaper than insert bits, baring the cost of the grinder and the sharpening. They also have a lower chance of causing burring through exit holes so you will spend less time smoothing your material over after drilling.

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Metal drilling can be done with a large variety of different drill bits whether they are insert, twist or another configuration. The exact bit you will want to use is going to depend on what type of metal you are working with, how thick the material is and how fast you need to get your work done. However, there are a few drill bits that are commonly used for drilling through metal. Indexable bits are used very commonly with CNC drilling. They feature ceramic inserts that serve as cutting edges and a hardened cutting tip that lessens the frequency of needing to re-sharpen the bit. Indexable bits can drill very quickly and can make holes that are up to five times the diameter of the drill shaft. Spade bits are two part devices consisting of a metal body and a removable bit clamped into a slot. Usually spade bits are twist bits with notches along the cutting edge that are designed to eliminate long chips from clogging the drilling area. Do not get this confused with a woodworking spade bit; in woodworking a spade bit is used with hand tools, not power tools or CNC machines. Ejector bits are used for deep hole drilling and can be equipped with a single head or multiple heads. Single head ejector bits have a single cutting edge on the side that creates large holes while multiple head bits are used to make even larger holes. Multiple head bits also tend to have brazed carbide tips to improve cutting balance.

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Wood drilling, like metal drilling, can be done with generic bits or more specialized options. Because wood is softer than metal you will not need as much force while drilling and will not have to re-sharpen your bits as often. Flat bits use a flat cutting edge and a sharp center point to drill holes quickly. To avoid wandering while drilling thick materials many people use a pump to blow away excess sawdust when using this type of bit. Dowel bits are a variation of standard twist bits. They have a sharp center point for increased precision and a pair of adjoining cutting spurs for making accurate holes quickly. Augur bits are also twist bits but they have a wider cutting edge and only one outer spur, which cuts into the wood ahead of the edge. They also use coiled threads to keep sawdust away from the cutting point. Augur bits are slower than flat bits but they have much better accuracy.


Jun 5 2015

Wood working joints for jigsaw for cnc or handwork reference

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Wood working joints for jigsaw for cnc or handwork reference

Wood working joints for jigsaw for cnc or handwork

Wood working joints Joints in Woodworking

            Wood working joints on a woodworking project involves joining two pieces of wood together in order to make items that are too complex to create with a single piece of material. Wooden joints provide strength and flexibility to the tough wood materials. How effective these traits are largely depends on the methods used in creating the joints. Some joints are made purely from wood while others use bindings, fasteners or adhesives to operate efficiently. Since the different methods of creating a joint in woodworking produce different results the type you need to use can vary from project to project. While the various methods do share similarities with each other you would not use one method in a children’s toy and apply that same technique to a construction project.

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