I built this small box to store the collets for my Kress spindle.
I built myself a mini wood lathe to experiment with. I used HDPE plastic from a kitchen cutting board, 4mm and 8mm aluminium sheet, some MDF and some nuts and bolts. Inkscape was used to draw out all the parts in 2d and Heekscad to generate the tool paths for my cnc. An old DC motor was used to spin the work piece.
I know it’s not pretty but works for mucking around.
I have recently been playing around with some WS2812 addressable LEDs connected to a microcontroller. I wanted to have some sort of input device to make things more interesting. Buttons stuck into a breadboard are all well and good, but they can get a little unnerving and prone to contact problems. So I made this game controller lookalike so that whenever I need a couple of buttons on a circuit i’m experimenting with, I can simply connect it. Another possible use for it could be a controller for jogging my cnc machine.
I used maple and robinia wood and cut it out on my eShapeoko cnc milling machine. At first I did not give the wooden buttons enough play, they were a little to big so I had to sand them quite a bit.
The circuit is really simple, only consisting of a parallel in serial out shift register a few resistors and buttons. Contrary to the schematic below, I use 74HC166 and not a 74LS166 enabling the circuit to work down to 3.3V and not just 5V.
Here you can download the all the files I used for this project: