2011 Austin, TX Camp Shopbot

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Because we have always had such a large turnout, the Austin Texas Camp at Wayne Locke’s shop has traditionally been a two day event. This year was no exception, and both days were heavily attended with even more presentations, and Show and Tell items on display.
Our host Wayne did a lot of “pre-Camp” preparation, and he lined up some very eclectic presenters.
Karen Maness from the Texas Performing Arts group explained how they used their Shopbot Buddy to create the stage proscenium for their current production of “The Three Penny Opera”. She walked us through the cutting ,assembly, and finishing stages and explained why their project was needed to make the production “happen”.
Steve Glassel brought in a number of finished pieces he created using the Sculpt Nouveau finishes, and he explained how he uses the product and the numerous patinas, and waxes that are offered. He also created an entire “sample board”of varying combinations to better allow people to see just how powerful an effect can be created using this water borne finish.

Ron Toms of www.rlt.com brought in a box full of some of his wonderful “wooden machines” which he creates in kit form, and sells on his web page. Included in the assortment were everything from working trebuchets, to a two cylinder “engine” whose pistons worked by manually cranking a handle.

Ron Brown explained how he originally created his now famous  “Texas star” file which has been borrowed, and adapted by numerous Shopbotters in the Lone Star state for years.

David Lemke filled us in on his ongoing experiments with new techniques of building wooden “molds” for a variety of power boats, including a “power barge” he designed for a customer this season.

Michael Colca brought in some custom vacuum jigs he uses in the construction of his very high end chairs.

Brett Dickinson had his students in Brownsville carve a box full of custom clipboards, and then he handed them out at the Camp. He also gave us an update on the progress he has been making with his campaign to integrate CNC technology into the Texas school systems, and showed a number of award winning projects his students have created in his classes.

John Maroney showed how he’s been carving large mantle pieces, and explained how he works with others to incorporate them into larger projects.

Ken Rychlik walked all of us through the “E Cabs /Shopbot link” which allows him to design, and build large custom cabinet projects.

Neville Stewart brought in one of the new “pressure foot”attachments from Widget works, and he had some very difficult to cut pieces on hand which he recently completed using the tool.

Ed Drawe showed us all the “lost foam” process he uses for making aluminum parts. This included everything from creating the “master”out of styrofoam, to the melting and pouring of the aluminum.

Dave Midkiff had one of his versions of the “Last Supper” carving file which he carved as a double sided piece, and he explained how he achieved the accurate registration for both sides.

Don Chapman spoke about how he’s been working with the program from Google called “Sketchup” to design furniture.

Santiago LAVerde brought in a number of projects including some very nicely cur acrylic bases for instrumentation used in the field by geologists.

And our host Wayne Locke explained how he has used his home brewed indexer to create a variety of turned furniture pieces.

In between all of these sessions the group went over topics such as “building a vacuum table”, “materials for coating foam/3D projects”, and sign making techniques.

If I have missed anyone, I apologize but just get back to me, and I will add your session to this Blog….

It was a great Camp, and again Wayne put in a lot of time to make all of this happen, so he deserves a lot of thanks from ALL of us !




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