My hobby project thread

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  1. armalyte

    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    Here's me switching the caseback on my Vostok K-35.

    The video quality is atrocious and I'm horrible at it.

    PS this is why I created my watch thread in the Workshop but I might's well just have one thread for all creative stuff.

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  2. armalyte

    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    Yesterday I made cigarette "filters" in stainless steel as a gift for my girlfriend. I apologize for the horrid image quality.

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    https://sta.sh/2yw08vv60sq

    I also documented the workflow of the project. I apologize for the horrid video and my horrid English.

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    oldfella1962 the only real finish line

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    no worries, your English is fine. Fascinating video! I have no background in that type of work or machinery but it looks pretty scary :shep: lots of heavy, moving, cutting machinery!
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    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    It's a fun job. A bit taxing physically. The job inspires creativity. You spend a lot of time solving problems. Of course being an industrial worker my pay isn't all that great but I live.
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    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    So it's decision making time. This you might have input on.

    Tomorrow is holiday but there will be people at work so I will make the case. It's unlikely I will be able to finish in one day (actually just 4-5 hours) though I will try. Prototyping is slow work and I am a slow rigger.

    I mentioned I wanted a solid case, as in milled out of a single block. A good quality stainless would be perfect. This would be ideal for IP68 reasons. However, I do not have any metal that size lying around. Not even aluminum. What I do have is bakelite.

    Bakelite is a pain to work with if we're talking workplace environmental issues but it is rather easy to machine. I have a huge block of the stuff and I could saw off a piece the right size.

    Bakelite is flameproof. Actually the aerosoled dust of it is not, so you can sometimes cause a fire machining it, but that's rare and a case of improper cutting data. It'll look decent, probably excellent. The color is brown, it's the stuff you made old phones and radio chassis from.

    But it isn't my perfect idea.

    One other option is making the case in segments. A floor, sides, etc screwed together. Doable, will probably need to be aluminum (again, no steel plates large enough that we have that I know of.) Not that level of waterproof but with gaskets it'll be impenetrable.

    Also viable. Not my perfect vision.

    I think bakelite it is. The alternative would be to buy a workpiece the correct size. That'd be expensive. Quite expensive.

    Thoughts?
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    For a fairly static application like a computer keyboard, Bakelite should be plenty tough enough.
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    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    I'll do bakelite. My cousin mentioned that I can always prototype in bakelite and if I don't like it I can get stainless and then I can reuse all the design I made for the bakelite. That was good advice, the design is what takes the most time, if you have a functioning program and rig you're 75% there. Off to work in a couple hours. (Can't sleep as per usual.)
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    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    I found steel!

    Day one finished yesterday. As expected I did not get all the way there but I made good progress.

    As usual, apologies for the bad video quality, but at least this time I managed to rotate it!

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    armalyte Unsafe for everyone.

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    Funny drill cycle I made. Filmed with my Pentax K-3.

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