September 26, 2012

CNC cutting fish

After our fish went over so well the first time, here, we figured it would be a nice thing to donate some more fish to a cancer fundraiser for my father-in-law.

A few fish prepping for a bath.

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Trying something new.  I never enjoy grinding mill scale off steel so a 4:1 ratio of Muriatic Acid to water does the job for me.

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What the fish look like after the acid dip, compared to the hot rolled material it came from. Bye bye mill scale!

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Scotchbrite and blowtorch, works every time. They were sealed with boiled linseed oil and a coat of carnuba wax.

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Mixed it up by adding a copper rod to the muriatic acid and leaving these two pieces in at the same time. Semi plated them with copper and gave it a translucent pink hue.

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September 4, 2012

Designing and building a lightbar for Toyota Rav4

We put a lot of miles on the Mint Design Rav4, and not always in the best weather conditions.  It was time for a lighting upgrade.

3D model.

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The design allows the two CNC cut plates to be linked together and then bolted to clamp onto the crash bar.

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Wired up and one step closer…

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And installed!

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