Dog’s Head: Furnace Ceramic Shield

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

To reduce the risk of electrocuting myself, I made a ceramic box to separate the bare-metal and electrically-live heating coil from the inside of my furnace. Seemed a good idea. ALERT & UPDATE: Bathroom tiles conduct electricity at 1000C ūüôĀ See here. The Problem Other furnace designs online have the […]


Dog’s Head: Aluminium Furnace Electronics

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

Quick one – the electronics for my aluminium foundry. AliExpress¬†shopping list was in my last post. A Couple of Progress Photos I got all the electronics wired up and tested it by sticking the thermocouple in the oven while I was cooking a frozen chicken kiev for dinner – I […]


Dog’s Head: Aluminium Furnace

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

The missing bit in my attempts to cast an aluminium dog’s head – melting aluminium. First Plan Make a gas or charcoal powered furnace: youtube video by Grant Thompson¬†which set this idea¬†off. The problem with gas and charcoal (+hairdryer) are they are noisy, seem a little hit-and-miss & inconvenient and […]


Google+ Dried Banana Making Machine

Do you remember when g+ first came out? It was invite only, the next big thing. the Facebook crusher. It still exists, and its still a highly polished ‘thing’ (not sure what) without the endless baby pictures and what-I-had-for-lunch updates of Facebook. But it is dying an unfortunate and painfully […]


Dog’s Head: Wax Cast. Take 1

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

I have made the wax cast (which will be ‘lost’ with my lost-waxing). It was pretty successful except it was missing an ear. I just melted down some big-arse candles I got from the dollar store. It does mean that our ’emergency¬†package’ is lacking in the candle department, so we […]


Dog’s Head: Metal Casting – Lost Wax

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

Another post as part of an ongoing mission to go from a photogrammetric¬†(with Autodesk’s Recap) scan of my dog’s¬†head to an aluminium cast of it, to use as a coat hook or something or something equally useless. The last few attempts have been pretty disastrous, so I have decided to […]


Dog’s Head: Metal Casting Mould by Dissolving ABS Print

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Dog's Head

A while back I modelled my retard dog’s head with an aim to¬†casting it in metal, somehow. The first attempt was a big fail and I have been ruminating on it since. This post is attempt¬†II. Lego Man The first attempt, a half-scale of the dog’s head, was printed in […]


Getting Chartered

So, I have put in my application form to be a Chartered Engineer¬†(CEng) and Member of CIBSE. The main meat of the application is the Engineering Practice Report, where you cite examples from previous projects where you have demonstrated the various competencies required by the Institute. My Engineering Practice Report […]


The One Percent: Success

I started this blog/ website (does one still say blog?) with the aim to be part of the One Percent: To give (to the internet) rather than just take. I am WELL¬† aware (I can see on the WordPress stats)* that no one¬†reads my posts – the site really¬†serves as […]


Reversing Camera: The New One (Part 2)

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Subaru Legacy

Bit of a pause on the reversing¬†camera for the DIY in-car screen. I managed to crack the touchscreen and had to get a replacement, which took a while (for me to be bothered). Camera now all at home in its 3D-printed enclosure and ready to be installed. To Seal or […]