SSYTC051 & 52 More GoPro Trials

The first video is using the fly-jig, with an additional wire now (as pictured recently) for additional stability.  The second wire will also allow panning effects, by offsetting the attachment points in relation to the main line.  There is still some shake that I haven’t been able to solve – wind is the primary culprit, so this jig is probably more of an interior-only variety.  There will still be more I can do to stabilise it – I’ll just have to think what that is!  Raising the camera so it is directly opposite the line, rather than below it will help a little.  Having some damper system on the line(s) to minimise vibration transmission is probably the next target.  Further slowing the period of oscillation of the jig (in the same way as a pendulum is controlled, or a spring-system) will also help.  Further increasing line tension would help too, but that will require some modification to the jig itself to cope with the increased rigidity that the tension would cause. (BTW, the timelapse is over approximately 20 minutes, not that there is much to watch – a few clouds and growing grass!)

SSYTC052 More GoPro Trials

The second jig is a skate jig.  It uses the same type of motor (30 RPM at 12V) driving directly on one of the wheels.  The camera was used to get the shot, so was notably absent, but is fixed via a tripod screw through the hole that can be seen near the battery.  This jig is either used to run on a smooth surface or track.  It will be interesting to see how easy it is to create a track that it can follow. Vibration is much less of a problem, but getting overhead shots is its limitation.

SSYTC051 More GoPro Trials

There are commercial solutions, but they often can operate over 1m or so, and/or are prohibitively expensive. Cheaper (non motorised) ones are out there – will keep searching for better options.

9 Minutes part 2

Anthony has asked a very interesting question which has caused much food for thought.

Instead of a slab, he asked if I had considered screw pilings.  No need for the slab specifically, I’d loose a bit of shed height by installing a wooden floor (not that I don’t have a few metres spare!)

The end result could look a lot more like the Ideal Tools workshop that I was always so envious of!

An Ideal Workshop

An Ideal Workshop

There is no specific requirement to have a concrete floor, and as Anthony pointed out, it would make running services significantly easier, including having in-floor GPOs (power) right at the tool, and under-floor dust extraction.  That alone would be significant – imagine walking around a workshop with all the large machines and not having to trip over cables and ducting!

Not sure how much screw pilings cost, but definitely worth some serious investigation!

As to the timber for the floor?  There are some different options.  One is to make it out of solid timber, but that would be a phenomenal cost.  However, there other choices.  Such as laying a floor of yellow-tongue, then overlaying it with a product like Gerflor.  Another option is to use some of the timber I recovered from the Menzies Building (Tassie Oak).  I have about 52m2 of it, but that is full thickness (45mm).  If it was resawed, I would still have 20mm of timber on top of the yellow-tongue, and still have about 1/2 my timber for projects.  Hmmm.

GerflorGerflorElm GerflorWalnut

9 Minutes

Another small milestone has been passed – I now have an exact partslist and specifications sheet for the shed, along with a diagram of the required slab and footings.

Interesting point – the structure has around 2900 fasteners (majority self tapping screws), and will weigh almost 2 tonnes (not counting the slab obviously!)

The concrete slab (including footings) I have calculated to require 6m3 of concrete – approx 13 tonnes (wet).  That allows 100mm thick slab, with an additional 300x300x300 footing under each column, and 300x300x500 footings under each column that supports the mezzanine.

Time to start looking at concreters, and finding out about pump trucks.  Also, I want to have a chat to an electrician and plumber to see what needs to be considered before the pour, because once the slab is down, there is no adding electrical ducts, drains, or under-floor dust extraction.

Finally – so much to think about!

Toy Library (for the slightly older kid)

I recently became aware of a tool library that has started in Brunswick, called (funnily enough), the Brunswick Tool Library!

The principle behind it is very similar to Toy Libraries – for an annual fee, you can come in and borrow 7 tools/week.  Unlike a hire company, there is no daily rates, no need to try to have the job all ready for when you hire the equipment to get maximum use out of it.  You can borrow one or two items occasionally, or an unusual tool that you can’t justify owning for that very occasional need.

The fee isn’t exorbitant either – $60/year isn’t going to break the bank.

WP-Header-ImageI’m sure, based on their likely success, that their catalogue of tools (and quality versions) will continue to grow.

Hopefully they have the insurance side of things all sorted (you’d assume so!)

So a great idea, worth supporting, and perhaps…..worth cloning!

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