Monday, November 30, 2009

Pictures of the Machine!

I have had a particularly long hiatus posting images of the machine, but not to fret, I have been busy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Label Complete!!

I know it has been some time, but the machine and nut butter business has been developing slowly due to my fierce schedule. Just this week I ordered the labels for the first jars of hazelnut butter. I will post pictures of the machine in action very soon!! Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

She Rolls!!

Just finished the rack tongue for the trailer. These are some great pics from the first day she ever rolled.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mounting the bicycle freewheel on the grinder

In order to attach the chain and cranks to the drive shaft of the grinder I had to machine a piece of metal that fit on to the drive shaft and threaded to a bicycle freewheel gear set. Using the Evergreen Machine Shop and the help of a fellow student and machining genius, Jimmy, I machined a piece of steel rod to fit on to the drive shaft and lock on with a key. This process involved using various tools, some of which I would like to highlight below.

Here is my ode to the dial calipers. This instrument is for measuring and it is more precise than I ever thought I would need. However, when machining parts, precision is like popeye's canned spinach.
This is a lathe. This machine really opened my eyes to the possibilities of machining. It also made me realize how extremely dangerous it is. Luckily, Jimmy was there to make sure I didn't mangle myself.
Here is a picture of the lathe taking a cut while I was machining the threads.

Here is what the grinder looks like with the gears mounted on the drive shaft.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Frame

Here are some pictures of the frame. It is about 90% complete!

The Grinder finally arrived!!

TA DAAAA Here she is, the Omega VI grinder from Compatible Technology International. Now that the grinder is here I can estimate the width of the machine and make all the final welds!!!


We are in the final week of the Spring quarter here at Evergreen and I'm scrambling to finish the frame of the machine The following pictures show the Metal Shop, Welding, and some tools I have been using to build it.

This is the TIG (Tungston Inert Gas) torch. It holds the Tungston steel that acts as the electrode.

Here is a mill that I used to mill a track for the seat mount.

Here is a picture of me welding on the seat mount to the frame. (above and below)
Here is a picture of a pipe clamp. This little fella has been worth it's weight in gold. I've been cutting all of the tubes with a hack saw and coping them with files while holding the tubes with this clamp. Everybody constantly tells me that I could do it faster using a grinding wheel, but I enjoy the precision and the work out of doing it with my arms. Believe that.
This is a picture of the sand blaster. Those circular holes in the machine are where your hands stick in. It always reminds me of the beginning of the Simpsons where Homer is holding the plutonium.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Building The Frame

Here are pics of the central frame that I have welded so far. You can see the bottom bracket shell (where the cranks attach) on the lower right side of the picture directly above.

Above you can see the central frame mounted on the two bike frames that are being used for the majority of structural support. Below is a side view of the same thing.
Below is a picture of the jig an I used to build the frame. This jig was constructed by a Metal Shop Aide, Thomas, who got his plans off of Thomas is also pictured below and I would like to put a special thank you out to Thomas, your help will be rewarded 10 fold in hazelnut butter!


To get some practice welding thin walled steel tubes I cut up old frames and practiced putting them back together. After cutting up and re-welding frames I started to get creative and make some sculptures. Here's a picture of a garden guardian I welded a few weeks ago. It is made out of a stiff mountain bike fork.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I wrote a business venture plan to apply for a grant in the Dell Social Innovation Competition. If you are curious about the machine, check out the business plan.

Building the Model

Here are some pictures of building the model at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to Tyler's roomate kate, I was able to bring my invention from a 2 dimensional drawing to life. First we made two little model bike frames, you can see the shape of the frames in the cart pictures. Then we made a model man that was about the right size to ride the bikes and stuck 'em together. Thanks Kate!