Teenage Engineering OP-Z Teardown

I got my hands on an OP-Z Music Synthesizer and am amazed at how fun it is to make music!  It’s a worthy companion to one of my all-time-favorite consumer products, the OP-1.
I had questions about what’s inside, so we did what true hackers do – break out a T4 torx wrench!!

The unit is incredibly small – very portable and only 10mm thick:

The back (not shown) is easily removed by rotating the feet so that the rear panel comes off.  Inside is a user-replaceable battery.  A little surprise is that the expansion slot contains a phone holder that can be attached to the back of the unit — thoughtful design!

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Router Table Insert

The router table has been a great part of the space, but I thought it could be made even better!

Some of you who have used the inverted router table attached to the table saw may have noticed that when you're working with smaller parts - specifically around 6 inches or smaller  - there'd be some issues...

I'm routing happily, suddenly the part drops into the router recess or gets tilted on the uneven surface. Oh no! My work has been mared and chewed up!

Just me? I thought not.

 

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NuTone Appliance Maintenance

My house was built at a time when things were made to last. However, some things are hard to maintain. Hidden appliances, like the kitchen fan, is an appliance that nobody thinks about until it starts making sounds or, in my case, little pieces of dirt rained down when it was turned on. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been cleaned since it was installed 65 years ago. The entire motor housing and duct was covered with a thick layer of grease and dirt. It was time for some appliance maintenance.

The fan manufacturer, NuTone - best known for making doorbells - made fans primarily for residential homes. My grandmother had one above her kitchen sink that vented out the wall.  There was a pull chain to turn it on.  I remember her climbing up a stool and straddling the sink to clean the fan. My mom stood behind her the whole time waiting to catch her if she fell. These fans were stout, quiet and worth a bit of money if maintained.

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