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WTF is a Saturable Reactor?

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A saturable reactor is an arcane piece of electrical kit that modulates a large AC current with a small DC input. This unit was removed from a Bridgeport Series II CNC milling machine where it was used to regulate the power supply to the stepper motor drivers that moved

TIL: you can totally use a Ford regulator on a Toyota alternator, it bolts right on!

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TIL: you can totally use a Ford regulator on a Toyota alternator, it bolts right on!

Heat Bluing Steel for my 2×72 Inch Belt Grinder Project

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I’m in the process of building a 2″ x 72″ belt grinder powered by the permanent magnet motor from an old treadmill. The business end of the grinder is a pair of rollers and platen that supports the sanding belt. I milled these out of some 3/8″ steel plate

260 Pound DIY Anvil

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 I built a 260 pound anvil from some scrap steel plate. The top plate was hardened in superquench and the horn was CNC milled on my Bridgeport Series II.

Meet Geordi The Forge!

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I built a coal forge from the remnants of an old Burnham oil furnace and a bunch of other junk I found at the town dump.

The #ratwelder – Part 5 in the DIY Welder Series!

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The latest episode in the homemade welder series wherein I complete an enclosure for the #ratwelder so I can store it outside without having to put a tarp over it.

The Steampunk Roadster

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Update: car has been sold! In a few short months The Steampunk Workshop will celebrate it’s 10th birthday! I can barely believe that it’s been ten whole years since this whole “steampunk” thing blew up on the internets. It’s been a lot of fun for me, but I also

Stroh Violin Repair

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I generally do not take commissions, however every once in a while a friend will ask me to make or repair something and it will be an interesting enough project that I will take it on. That was the case with this Stroh violin. The Stroh violin was an

Pentayurt for Burning Man

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I’m heading to Burning Man again this year. If you’ll recall, last year I built a Hexayurt for the Playa. It worked very well and I was much happier in the Hexayurt than I have ever been in a tent. But I had painted the Hexayurt to cover up

WW-II Vintage Homemade Welder

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I found this welder on Craigslist for hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. This is a first look at it and there will be