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Things are going well here. It feels weird to say that, but I feel like I'm finally getting enough decent-paying work to call this enterprise somewhat self-sustaining. I've got several projects in the works that are both decent-paying and intellectually stimulating. Here's a photodump from the past several months.
I didn't really take too many photos of the new CBC trailer before sending it off to be powdercoated. Here's a look at the underside of the frame:
And here's one of the hitches. It's basically a beefed-up Burley hitch, made to accept a 1/2" rod end.
The side panels awaiting installation:
Below is a VFD for my belt grinder. VFD stands for Variable Frequency Drive. It allows me to run a three-phase motor on a single-phase outlet, and also allows for speed control and braking of the motor. Since it's going to be mounted on a grinder, I have to make a filtered, forced-air enclosure to keep out the grinding dust while ventilating the hot air.
The octagonal hole in the box is for the exhaust fan. The square bezel on top will hold the filter. I'm really getting a lot of use out of weld-nuts these days.
Test-mounting the VFD and the exhaust fan in the enclosure.
I haven't really been working on anything terribly photogenic lately, hence the lack of blog posts for those thousands of you who have been waiting with bated breath.
My neighbor gave me a bunch of expired SCUBA tanks to play with. I cut them up into bells. They could also be used for a cool heavy-duty outdoor lamp, I imagine. There are maybe half a dozen left if you want one.
One of the tanks, cut into two bells/lamps.
Below is one of the two interchangeable tongues on a new trailer I have built for the Bike Collective. It's going to be a cool trailer. Pictures will be forthcoming when I get it back from the powdercoater.
The Collective's new trailer is going to be fully enclosed with this wooden tabletop as the lid. Here I'm putting a final coat of spar varnish on it to protect it from the inevitable rainfall. I don't like the high-gloss too much; I'm wondering if I can de-gloss it by sanding it with a really fine sandpaper. Wood finishing is not my specialty.
Here's a big utility trailer that I'm going to be working on next week: