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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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Spring Clean and BBQ 2018

This past Sunday (8th April) we celebrated the space by giving it a little love, with a Spring clean and BBQ!

Tim wrangled the grill between cleaning sessions and renovations. There were sausages, veggies, burgers, veggie burgers, buns, chips, dips, sauces, and a lot of good fun to be had.

A lot was tackled in the days agenda: The Electronics Room received a deep sorting, the Admin Office was cleared out and organized, the carpets shampooed and scrubbed to an airy freshness, the Woodshop deep cleaned and reorganized to a more optimal layout. The Main Room received a sprucing up with special attention given to our large old table, which was sanded clean, stained, followed by a beautiful rendition of the SSD logo, then finished.

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