Lixie clock

Lixie clock and weather station
This is a lixie clock and weather station. A lixie display is made from sheets of plexiglas stacked in the same way as the numberals are stacked in a nixie tube.

Specs
Display size of one digit is 25 x 25 x 50 mm
- Internet time
- Adjustable colors
- Adjustable timezone
- 12h or 24h display
- Temperature
- Air pressure
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
- Automatic brightness adjustment
- Demo mode


 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 20/11/2019

Speed-O-Matic

Speed-O-Matic
After making a few bows and arrows the question about arrow speed arise. How to measure that?
I made this contraption. It consists of two IR light gates at a fixed distance of each other, a micro controller to do the calculations and a bracket to attach the device to the bow. After shooting the arrow the arrow speed is displayed in m/s and ft/s.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 04/11/2019

Yakaze

Yakaze
Lessons learn from the build of the bow below gave me as result this bow. Initialy it had a draw weight of 70 lbs which is a thad to heavy for me to shoot comfortable so i lowered this to something that i could handle better. The draw weight at 32 inch is 45 lbs.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 22/10/2019

Snake eye

Snake eye
This curved bow is made of fiber and wood. It's my first experiment with this type of bow. The draw weight at 32 inch is 36 lbs.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 24/09/2019

Arrows

Arrows
As a tradional archer i also make my own arrows. There is one problem with that. Just being 2 meters tall means also that my draw lenght is about 34 inch. The standard shaft lenght is 30 inch but for that 4 inch extra in need to pay the price double of that of a standard lenght. That is just to much so i make my arrows just four inch longer.









 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 18/09/2019

Barn extention

Barn extention
I took out an old terrace but instead of throwing the stones away i descided to use them to make an extention to the barn in the garden. This gives me more storage but also some extra roof area to add four extra solar panels.
This project is a long running project and is going on for a few months now. But it's nearly finished.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 18/09/2019

Wooden map

Wooden map
A map made on wood with a laser cutter of hot on the internet. So what to do about that? Yes make one too.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 15/09/2019

Mushrooms

Mushrooms
Some ping pong balls, wire, a piece of wood log and an old solarcell from a broken garden set make a nice imitation mushroom that lights up at night.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 08/09/2019

Stewed pear

Stewed pear
Harvest time again. I have a fruit garden and i have near all year fresh fruit to pick.
This is a St. Remy stewed pear heavy enough to serve a nice meal for two persons.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 03/09/2019

Power supply

Power supply
A good power supply is always handy but it was lacking some range in the hight voltage range for my experiments with vacuum tubes. So here's my solution. Four power supplies in one housing. Ranging from 1.0V up to 390V

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 25/08/2019

Garden set

Garden set
Earlier i made a garden set and it got the approval of my wife. However this year she wanted an expansion for the number of seats. In addition i made two side tables to go along with it.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 18/08/2019

Tsunami

Tsunami
Diorama representing the famous Japanese tsunami drawing.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 10/08/2019

Cap


Diafragma cap to close of a tube holding arrows



 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 05/08/2019

Orrey

Orrey
Orrey, a model of the solar system. The movement of the planets around the sun is on scale.


 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 30/07/2019

Minikaze

Minikaze
i found this nice design on Thingyverse and i had to make one.



 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 06/07/2019

Storage

Storage
Having a nice storage solution for electronic parts is always good.
I bought a few drawer guide sets at IKEA and made a few drawers with the laser cutter. Storage problem solved.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 26/06/2019

IC tester

IC tester
Ocassionaly i need to use old IC's. However it's not always clear if the chip is still in good condition. Based on a arduino i made this neat little tool that not only test your chip but is also able to find out the type number of the chip in case it isn't readable anymore.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 21/06/2019

Gamebox pieces

Fiches box
Having a lasercutter means that you have a lot of opportunities to make some nice boxes. This one is for storing fiches

Backgammon
A backgammon gamebox.

Domino
A domino game set.

Checkers
A checkers board.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 01/06/2019

Worldtrip

Worldmap
This year i was able to make a dream come true, a trip around the world in 2 months
It was an overwelming experience and i enjoyed every second of it. Below you find a few pictures that i selected out of the 10.000 pictures i took.
Moskou
Moskou Trans Mongolian Express
Trans-Mongolian Express. A railway from Moskou to Beijing. A seven day trip and a track length of about 8000 Km.
Mongolia
Mongolia, a vast emptiness
Bejing
Beijing, the forbidden city complex
Tokyo
After Beijing we went via South Korea to Japan.
Our first stop was Tokyo

Mt. Fuji-san
An other trip by train. This time with the fast bullit train to Osaka.
At the time we where very lucky to have a clear look at the iconic Mt. Fuji(-san)

Osaka
Osaka. A very friendly city, good food and extreme LED signs.
New Zealand. Northern island
Our next stop was New Zealand. An incredible country that screams "take a picture now" everywhere. So full of stunning scenary. This picture is taken in Wellington.
New Zealand. Southern island
New Zealands southern island is far more rough and very thinly populated.
Foto taken at Milford Sound.

Hawaii
We entered the USA at Hawaii and we stayed in Honolulu.
San Fransisco
Mainland USA, San Fransisco.
Amtrak
From San Fransisco we took the Amtrak Zeypher to Chicago. In Chicago we changed trains and continued our trip to New York.
Amtrak
New York city, the private harbour area.
From New York we went back to Amsterdam and by car back home.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 01/05/2019

Sandbanka

Sanding tool
Sanding tool This tool is made for a friend of mine.
His hobby is making all kind of traditional wooden bows. For this he need to a lot of sanding to make the wood smooth and to the right thickness. This tool can sand wood to any thicknes between 0 and 50 mm thickness. You have to attach a electric drill to the sanding drum to power it.
While sanding will make a lot of dust you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck the dust away. An additional 3D printed cyclone dust collector is added to the setup to save you the price of a few vacuum cleaner bags. Sanding tool Sanding tool











 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 10/01/2019

All wood compound bow

Wooden compound bow This beauty took me about 6 months to build. Not full time but just in the spare time i had. It's made of airplane multiplex , which is constructed out of layered birch wood. A sheet of 5 mm contains 9 layers and the riser is build up with ten 5 mm sheets total.
Wooden compound bow The top and bottom cam is also made of wood and even the sight is wood.
The bow is a one cam system equal to the PST Stinger type bows. Wooden compound bow Wooden compound bow
A few more pictures of the sight can be seen here

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 05/01/2019

Chrismas card

Chrismas card And the traditon continues.
Every year i make a Best Wshes card or item for my wife. This year it is was a small wooden frame with a nice pattern glued in it.
Eight sheets of thick paper cut with a lasercutter.
Size 202 x 202 x 4 mm.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 01/01/2019
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