Getting started (again) with Fusion 360

Finally made the switch from CAD to Fusion 360 for some of the things we are trying to do in the shop - esp things headed for the CNC table or mill at Made.

My First 2-Minute Part in Fusion 360

My First 2-Minute Part in Fusion 360

Found this guy - his three part intro into F360 is simple and great! (Watch all three parts)

New to Fusion 360? In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a part from start to finish. Perfect for absolute beginners! Part1 How to Zoom, Pan & Rotate: https://youtu.be/PCPyy_RVEhM?list=PL40d7srwyc_Mkgc5wvP_OfVel9aDkNkZ6 Want to learn more about Fusion 360?

Kids...

Just a couple of fun pics from the littles this weekend… . Between the five of the kids - my heart is always feeling warm and full.

Sammy showing off her Boots-n-dress

Sammy showing off her Boots-n-dress

Luke stuck in his cave

Luke stuck in his cave

Luke trying to climb out of his "hidden cave" on the other side of the creek
Sammy Playing Piano with Grandma Donna
Sammy and her new Donkey

Sammy and her new Donkey

Custom 1800 VTX Redux - Getting Started

After a coupe of weeks of “getting ready” to get into the bike - cleaning the shop, ordering parts - looking at the bike… - Sunday we finally spent an hour getting into things. This build is from 2008 and things are in rough shape after the last 50,000 miles. Also - looks like I used PLENTY of red lock-tight back when we first built this bike… . Nothing is coming apart easily and things are in worse shape than I thought…

Before (well - after I already pulled the seat and the sissy bar)

Before (well - after I already pulled the seat and the sissy bar)

2004 Honda VTX 1800 C - Rebuild Redux Getting Started

2004 Honda VTX 1800 C - Rebuild Redux Getting Started

This will be the end of the car tire - new Avons Cobras already here.

This will be the end of the car tire - new Avons Cobras already here.

Avon Cobra's - Front and Back

Avon Cobra's - Front and Back

Now I know why the ride had gotten so soft… Very Broken Progressive Shocks. Do they rebuild these?

Now I know why the ride had gotten so soft… Very Broken Progressive Shocks. Do they rebuild these?

Honda VTX 1800 - Fender and Shocks Off

Honda VTX 1800 - Fender and Shocks Off

Parts starting to pile up

Parts starting to pile up

Honda VTX 1800 - 22 Inch Fat Aps

Honda VTX 1800 - 22 Inch Fat Aps

“Custom” thin-walled 14mm socket for the rear fender supports

“Custom” thin-walled 14mm socket for the rear fender supports

A good afternoon in the workshop

A good afternoon in the workshop

Good-night VTX after day 1 of the rebuild

Good-night VTX after day 1 of the rebuild

Learning to Ride (and crash)

Luke has been dying to learn to ride the fourwheelers by himself. This weekend dad and I were able to get the two little 70cc bikes from his place and take them down to the shop. After a little work - we had one of the little ones running and ready for Luke.

Luke learning the controls solo

Luke learning the controls solo

Starting Slow

Starting Slow

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Follow The Leader

Follow The Leader

Learning and Slowly Making Progress

Learning and Slowly Making Progress

Moments away from running directly into that tree...

Moments away from running directly into that tree...

Welcome; This is your Farm House

Welcome; This is your Farm House

Maybe it was Phish. Perhaps it was the weather. It's probably just the idea that there is something very wrong with me.

I like to build things. I don't do rest or relax or downtime well. When I have it - the black dog comes out and... well... it's a short trip from there to Peyote James.

So, we stay busy. For the last couple of years, I've been able to use all of that extra time on professional endeavors (IP, ML, MMLT, etc.) - but with those where they are today (in exec mode - no longer in creative way) - I need a new outlet for my need to create.

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The Day The LR32 Came To Town

The Day The LR32 Came To Town

Well - Today was a slow day. After spending most of the morning cleaning the shop, building a fire, watching youtube videos, smoking a little, and then cleaning some more, watching some more, playing with the fire some more and then making two trips out for coffee - I finally had to pull the trigger and get the LR32 system out of it’s box and give it a go.

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A Clean Workshop is a Happy Workshop.

A Clean Workshop is a Happy Workshop.

Well.  It’s slowly getting there.  Cabinet by cabinet.   Area by area.  And now that we have heat - the boys are busy with dad cutting wood and changing the oils in all the trucks, four wheelers and the tractor  

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Building Cabinets for Festool Drawers- Getting Started (Part 1 - Making Boxes)

Building Cabinets for Festool Drawers- Getting Started (Part 1 - Making Boxes)

For the first time since morning the wood shop out of the basement and into the new little shop at the Farm - we are building something instead of working on the shop.    

It’s just a quick cabinet project to get all of the tools into visible drawers - but it will be a huge help.  No more running from hiding place to hiding place looking for the right systainer. 

These are the start to 4 cabinets that will be part of the new table saw our feed table.  

Up next - using the Festool LR 32mm system.  I’ve had it for 3 years - this will be the first time using it.   Off to watch some you tubers to get it going. 

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When you get knocked over... Take This Heart of Gold

When you get knocked over...  Take This Heart of Gold

It doesn’t happen often - but when it does, it is nothing short of magical. It’s the sort of thing that makes you really sit back and look at the wonder and complexity of our world and just be amazed by it all.

Music has always played an enormous role in my life. Each day has a soundtrack to it, and as far back as I can remember I’ve needed that track playing.

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