Author: Ross

Webcam adapter sleeve

My dad asked if I could make a sleeve to attach the webcam to the telescope lens, something more stable than the blutak he’d done some testing with. This little project gave me a chance to have a go at turning some Delrin stock I had picked up a few months earlier and some more practice boring accurate holes. Very...

READ MORE Webcam adapter sleeve

Change gear cover knobs

The change-gear cover on my lathe was held on using some very poorly made allen/hex style bolts. These were a pain to remove each time you wanted to change gears, but I’d seen on a few websites that people had made some knurled knobs with a threaded shaft to hold the cover down instead. I made these in two parts,...

READ MORE Change gear cover knobs

First Chips

While I had messed around with the lathe while setting it up and getting the hang of using it, this was my first “real” bit of turning. I wanted a simple first project so I was looking around the garage for some inspiration, I spotted an old fire extinguisher my brother found a while back and an idea popped into...

READ MORE First Chips

Lathe bench build

I’d been eyeing off mini-lathes on eBay for years, and finally caved in and purchased one mid-late 2010.¬†While waiting for the lathe to be delivered I started looking into buying or building a bench for it to live on. I decided to build one so I could make it to fit exactly where I planed to setup the lathe. A...

READ MORE Lathe bench build

Gameboy PLCC EEPROM Cartridge

Some pictures of a failed project that I never got working properly and lost interest in. I removed the standard ROM on a Gameboy cartridge and soldered a bunch of wires in its place. I then wired in a PLCC socket with the intention of burning ROM’s into a PLCC EEPROM, but the games never got any further than the...

READ MORE Gameboy PLCC EEPROM Cartridge

PLCC adapter

I ordered a set of DIP-PLCC adapters off eBay so I could program a chip to test a Gameboy cartridge I had modified (my EEPROM burner has a 40pin ZIF DIP socket), but there were delays in the postage. I was sick of waiting so thought I’d have a crack at making my own. I drilled out the centre of...

READ MORE PLCC adapter

ArduinoISP adapter

A small adapter I made for programming Atmel chips, based on the ArduinoISP circuit from the Arduino website. I managed to cram the circuit onto a fairly small piece of veroboard by hiding the crystal capacitors inside the socket along with some of the links to get power to both sides of the chip being programmed The circuit performed flawlessly. After burning...

READ MORE ArduinoISP adapter