Replacing the old homemade CNC machine

Follow along with Frank Howarth as he disassembles his hand-built CNC machine in preparation of receiving a new one.

Part 1 [7:50]

I have started a new relationship with CNC Router Parts LLC. This will start with me receiving a new CNC machine from them and future videos of mine will be done using this new CNC machine. Also, they are buying my old machine and removing it. This video will be about taking apart my current CNC machine. The next video will be about building the new machine from one of CNC Router Parts kit machines.

Part 2 [18:30]

I have built the CNC Router Parts 4×8 Pro Kit. I started by building the base with six legs and the table all made out of 80/20 aluminum extrusion. Then I built the gantry which runs on linear rails along the sides of the table. I attached the z-axis to the gantry and attached all of the motors and wired everything up. After a little fiddling with Mach3, it seems to work. I finished up by working on the table which is a ¾ inch thick piece of MDF.

Video links: Part 1, Part 2.

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Photoshop Phonies

Today we return to the real Phonies. Not the ersatz fakes used in lieu of the real fakes (which in fact were real fakes.) These are the genuine real deal Phonies. They may be considered phony fakes or fake Phonies all at the same time, or not at all.

Hit it.

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Finishing and rounding off the week. Pfft, as if we have any affect on the end of the week. Especially using a router and sandpaper. But… today is the last day of the work week. Here are some Quickies.

Propane car heater

-30° and boiling water Tsk. Vertical video

Pitch was a little inside


The hills are alive

Lithuania: sledding the baby down the hill

Difference between Friday evening and Monday morning – fave

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Minivan burnout

The Aussies have nothing on us.

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The real moral dilemma of self-driving cars

We talk about all the potentially challenging situations autonomous cars could get into but not about how human drivers are not very good. Tens of thousands die on the roads every year in collisions, most of which could be prevented by autonomous vehicles. I wanted to make a video about autonomous cars for some time but I hadn’t had the opportunity. The self-driving technology is already at a state where it can save lives if only it were more widely implemented.

– Veritasium

Veritasium is Derek Muller, a physicist.

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.44 Magnum vs. ballistic gel

Imagine that the block is the side-view of a human torso.

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Norton Transformer – fave

This Norton Commando is getting a bit long in the geartooth.

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Dutch Cobra firecrackers

A demonstration of the Dutch Cobra 1 through 8 firecrackers placed on a decayed post of a wooden barrier. It seems that there’s one missing. That really doesn’t matter.

A Cobra 8 placed inside a tube of rolled up [honebooks.

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Logan trailer 2

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

In theaters – March 3, 2017.

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“Real People” ads

How stupid do they think we are. Finally, someone pipes up and tells it like it is.

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Another octad of endless file-video things. Doctors and lawyers are still trying to define these things.

Hit it.

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Drag race

Excitement happening in both lanes.

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Vintage 1919 oil engine startup

1919 Blackstone hot bulb 26HP stationary engine start up. Beautiful original engine running for the first time in 49 years on the 1st of January 2014. This engine spent its working life driving a saw mill in County Kildare, and is now in a new home in County Monaghan, Ireland.


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Silly Putty shotgun slug

We have shot silly putty from a shotgun before, but nothing this large. In this video we shoot 12 grams of silly putty packed in thick-walled glass tubes. Though the results were not exactly what I hoped for, it ended up being more amazing. This is an extreme example of a non-Newtonian fluid subjected to tremendous force and brutal conditions.


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Skating babies – fave

HP printer ad invests heavily into CGI.

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Changing a light bulb

Red Green and duct tape. ‘Nuff said.

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