Backyard Workshop is a site for my various hobbies, including my homemade CNC machine, Reprap 3d printer, metalworking on my Enco 3-in1 machine, woodworking, aluminum casting, electronics, and more that I do in my garage in Clearwater, FL!
Please check out the most recent projects above and below you can find my blog posts. On the right there's a list of my most popular posts, or using the menu you should be able to find all that I have on here. if you have any questions - feel free to
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I wanted to get a fancy ring light for my DSLR, but all the ones I could find were not built for my lens (18-135 STM) and they were too expensive - and so I've had to make my own! :)
First I ordered some LED ring lights that are *meant* to be used in a car interier, they are 12V DC and in my mind - ready to go for my project!
I got the ones that I needed from here (search for the sizes you need)
Then I orderd a LED dimmer, the dimmer is supposed to be used with the LED strips but it worked perfect with the rings too - I go mine from eBay - Like this one
and finally I designed and printed the holder that will fit the rings and also fit on my lens' hood ring part - I have provided the STL file in my Downloads section - if you have a 18-135 lens then it will work for you :)
Here's some pictures and a video of the light dimmer working - in the pictures there are some with the light ring, and some with the flash, and some with no flash - the best one's (to me) are the one's with the ring light :)
Check out the video on my YouTube Channel (I embedded the video here but Flash's "I got to be on top" was messing with my pictures! LOL
Have I mentioned that I LOVE having a homemade 3D printer? :)
I am making some videos for my band Big Moon Rocket and I am using my Canon T4i DSLR to record the video - You may have noticed my DSLR rig in the featured posts above (if not check it out)
Well, on with the story... I have an 8' camera crane, and the last time we filmed with the crane it was a pain to try and see what was on the little DSLR screen when the crane was up in the air. So I figured out how to connect my Canon T4i to my Samsung G-Tab tablet - Using the DSLR Connect app and a regular USB cable (The Samsung G-Tab has a regular USB port - it's like the only one of it's kind I SO lucked out and didn't have to buy an adapter!) - anyway I'm set up to use the tablet as an external monitor that can show the crane operator what's on the camera - it can even start and stop the video and change settings and everything - it's AWESOME! :)
Weeeelllllll Now I need some way to mount the tablet on the tripod... Of course there are things you can buy for that... but I am not down with that LOL Not when I have the opportunity to design and print anything I want!
Without further ado - here's my custom homemade 3D printed tripod mounted tablet holder :) (say that 3 times fast LOL)
Homemade Filmmaking Gear
Spent Saturday of last weekend at the Oak Grove Middle School First Lego League Tournament. I set up my 3D Printer there for the kids to check out and was bombarded with questions all day long (not just from the kids) it was great that all the kids showed a lot of interest in the printer, made me feel that it was worth going for sure.
A couple of the kids sat there and watch it print objects nearly all day long - it really can be quite mesmerizing! LOL
The printer worked pretty well all day, in the morning the 24V Power Supply I use for the heated bed blew (sparks and smoke even!) so I had to run everything off of the one 12V power supply - and that means that the bed doesn't get quite hot enough - but it all worked out OK. At nearly the end of the day the plastic was running out so I was trying to feed in another spool and broke the piece that provides tension on the plastic to feed t though - so that was it - we were down! Good thing it was nearly over anyway! :)
Sunday of last weekend was spent milling some aluminum for a Taig milling machine on my Homemade CNC machine :) sorry no picutres of the work but the homemade CNC machine held up great and plowed through the aluminum better than I anticipated
So that's it - just a quick update - carry on
First post of the new year!
As always one of my new years resolutions is to post more projects :) Let's hope I follow through this year - although last year wasn't too too bad, I still think I can do better
This year starts off with a project that I made for a Christmas present. I'm calling it a "Executive Tablet Stand". As usual I saw something in a catalog somewhere and thought to my self "Man! They want a lot for that! I can make that myself for a lot cheaper" - that's pretty much what I say to anything LOL - so check out the article above and check out the pictures :)
In other news... Nothing LOL just getting back from vacation and settling in the new year - I should get busy soon though :)
I was asked a few months ago to make some large letters for the Tampa Bay TEDx Youth event that happened December 2nd. I made the biggest styrofoam letters on my homemade CNC machine that I could - which put the letters at about 3 feet high. Here's a photo gallery from the TEDx event and the letters can be seen in more than a few of them. Thanks to Terri Willingham from Learning is For Everyone (and numerous other organizations) for giving me the opportunity to help out with the event (even in the smallish scale that I did) :)