Category Archives: Projects

Casting Aluminum with Mini-Foundry

The goal for our casting experiment is to expand the number of materials our space is capable of working with and creating more durable parts. And at a price of under $20 , this project was perfect. Charcoal foundries can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000ºC which is plenty for us to melt aluminum. It’s melting point is only 660.3°C Roughly following the instructions from the King of Random, we created a form consisting of two plastic buckets and pouring in conventional quick-drying cement. After Read More +

Temp sensors with Raspberry Pi and PHP

As part of the cheap home automation project I am currently working on, I needed to get some temperature sensor info to my webserver. For the brain of my project I’ll be using a Raspberry Pi. I had ordered a 5pk of DS18B20 temperature sensors so i can visualize monthly temperatures and eventually control my thermostat. In order to get the sensors working on the Pi, I needed to do a few things: First I had to setup the pi to add OneWire support. I Read More +

FireTV with Arcade Emulator and Qi Rechargeable Bluetooth SNES Controller

So a few weeks ago I saw a post on Hackaday of a project from Pat, who managed to stuff a bluetooth controller into an old SNES controller. He was using it to play games on his Amazon Fire stick. I had purchased a Firestick when they first came out for $19. I honestly didn’t use it much because I had a Roku already that I used heavily for streaming etc. But I love old school emulators so I wanted to do this project. Unfortunately Read More +

Halloween Project

Using all the variety of equipment @ NESIT (3D printer, laser cutter, woodshop, electronics) to make a quick little project for a friend for Halloween. Basically just snagged a pumpkin .stl from and printed it on our Makerbot. Whipped up a quick vector drawing in coreldraw and cut it on our Epilog laser cutter. Cut out a block of scrap wood. Wiring up some flickering leds to a 5v wall wart. Hot glued it together and it was all finished. Took about 4hrs or Read More +

Katie Jackson Woodworks

One of the great features of NESIT’s new space is the 2000sq ft. workshop. I am in the process of writing a book for Timber Press on garden furniture that anyone can build. I am using the woodshop at the NESIT to take step-by-step photos of my building process. Ellen Rose Photography is styling and photographing the final project images. The book’s first section has woodworking instructions and tips for every step of a project: what tools you need to get started in woodworking (it’s Read More +