New Space for a New Year

The start of 2019 brings with it the annual process of elections, taxes, Winter weather, and in particular for the Hackerspace; expansion!

We have recently made an exciting addition to our community of makers, creators, and hackers. This comes in the form of an annexation of adjacent space, bringing with it a move for the Metal Shop, an office area, extra storage, and a whole other entrance on what was the rear of our building!

A big thank you needs to go out to the admin team and board members for working hard to orchestrate this. So thank you all!

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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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