What books will show me how to fabricate stuff? The FabLab curriculum is oriented more towards digital fabrication techniques, but I'm interested more in (seemingly) simple things such as all the different types of fasteners for hanging things on walls, or how to make objects that serve a function (e.g., a lamp, or a steel-and-wood bench) look less, well, home-made. I guess what I'm asking, and have a hard time translating into a search query, is: how do I learn to make the things I want to make look more designed and less like they were a Saturday-afternoon hobby project? (which, in all fairness, they are) [more inside]
I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
Help me find the perfect Christmas present for my "Maker" dad - ideally it would be an set of plans on how to craft something from scratch, rather than a kit of physical parts. [more inside]
Can you recommend a good metal fabrication shop for custom parts, either online or in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
Is there a metal shop that I could theoretically rent out for a day in NYC? (Not 3rd Ward) [more inside]
[home repair] How do I get a broken piece of a vintage door latch fabricated? [more inside]
Metal Fabrication: I'd like to design small objects and see them realized in stainless steel and/or aluminum. How would I go about this? Specifically: What design software should I use and what services are available for custom fabrication? [more inside]
Preparing for a technical/artistic interview? [more inside]
Custom motorcycle helmet artisans? Am needing to find someone to fabricate a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet for me. Artist/machinist needed. [more inside]
How can I make something I've fabricated out of cold rolled steel achieve a uniform patina of rust? [more inside]
What are some things that are taught as History in a college/higher learning setting (as a piece of, or as the whole) that aren't fully supported by facts (such as documents, carbon dating, etc)? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good laser-capable machine shop in LA? [more inside]
Short-run-plastic-fab-filter: Where can I go to order a very short run (100-300 items) of custom shaped and machined plastic sheets? In addition to a whacky shape, I need some drilling and something close to 'etching' on the surface. [more inside]
fab-4 - what does it mean? Is that where Intel made the 4004?
Has anyone here ever done small-scale plastic (specifically polycarbonate) casting/fabrication at home? What are some good resources for getting started?
Is there an easy-ish way to make things out of plastic? I had an idea for a fly-swatter-like contraption for catching spiders, and I have no idea how to go about molding something out of plastic. I know how to build out of wood, I can cut, bend, and weld metal, and I even have some idea how glass products can be crafted the old-fashioned way. But plastic? By "easy-ish" I mean: you can do it in your garage with the right tools and materials.
The future is Plastics! Anyone with experience with short-run plastic fabrication? [more inside] [more inside]