Something Sketchy: The Mural Story

Hello! I'm Madhu! I'm an illustrator and I run my own company called Something Sketchy, where I put my illustrations on products like notebooks, coaster-magnets, postcards and calendars for retail. I'm currently in 15 stores across 9 cities in India through Landmark, and 4 stores in NYC where I spent last summer doing a couple of courses at the School of Visual Arts. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.143770879026076.31416.143768775692953/825462797523544/?type=1&theater[/embed] I love traveling and meeting new artists (I've started an illustrator's group called The Sketchup too), and since I can work from anywhere, I decided to spend 3 months in Delhi this February, helping with the St+art India street art festival, meeting the international artists who were coming down and painting a mural of my own for the festival. I'd been to the Maker's Asylum (Bandra Garage version) in October of 2014, which was my first interaction with them, and I really loved the concept. I met with Vaibhav while he was visiting in Delhi and he suggested I use the wall of the new Maker's Asylum building in Delhi, for my St+art India mural.   Visiting the Site When I first stepped into the Maker's Asylum compound, I spotted two metal lamps cemented to the ground on opposite sides of the plot. They looked like jellyfish to me and the "two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl" line came to mind. I began to visualize an underwater theme for the downstairs of the building. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840979169305240/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11393058_840979169305240_3536898002185463816_n.jpg%3Foh%3Da5d27c39a171e8b9639061baf3c174f2%26oe%3D55F417C4&size=956%2C956&fbid=840979169305240[/embed] For the main 30ft x 19ft wall that began about 10ft off the ground, both Inti and 1010, (artists from Chile and Germany who were down for the festival and had seen some of my work) suggested that my signature abstract type style on the large wall might be a good idea. After a quick discussion with Vaibhav, we locked in on the Maker's Asylum motto - "Pass it On" - to be hidden in the abstract style type in the mural. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840979095971914/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpt1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11060903_840979095971914_5158904706411438390_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dda9f4c3e1e0ac28232c8f215ffab5278%26oe%3D5613E19F&size=960%2C697&fbid=840979095971914[/embed] The Main Mural First I gathered together the material and created the colour palette. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/808579989211825/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xap1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F17129_808579989211825_4992768168613421112_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dcb9ba6f829f964825349c012328e12ec%26oe%3D55E999D5&size=640%2C640&fbid=808579989211825[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809059135830577/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xaf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11136627_809059135830577_7704546294271803416_n.jpg%3Foh%3D0ec36aa7ab98fcae5a7616cd0badf4d7%26oe%3D562C37C8&size=640%2C640&fbid=809059135830577[/embed] https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/808554025881088/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpt1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10923258_808554025881088_6677947434770789625_n.jpg%3Foh%3D3a237e7ac8810cfbfc9b16e76c1a7761%26oe%3D561C4901&size=640%2C640&fbid=808554025881088 Initially we considered a ladder, but decided to go with this awesome piece of equipment called the Scissorlift (it had 'Manlift' stamped on the side but we often referred to it as the 'Womanlift')  and it really, truly made life so much easier, and much more fun. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809030022500155/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F17386_809030022500155_8956120029053956414_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dc8fef5e30a6ca584b8b8bde8b0153dc0%26oe%3D5611DBF7&size=640%2C640&fbid=809030022500155[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809383325798158/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xtp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11146243_809383325798158_8566954559526395016_n.jpg%3Foh%3D1dfbb4ee48beded47c990b2935a86518%26oe%3D561966A5&size=640%2C640&fbid=809383325798158[/embed] We were sort of figuring things out as we went along, and used a thread to make grids that we'd drawn on the design. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809879969081827/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xft1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11116526_809879969081827_8756660146907380632_n.jpg%3Foh%3D580a503a53f98ed50bf2f9b8632504c2%26oe%3D55F19B16&size=640%2C640&fbid=809879969081827[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809880082415149/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840979115971912/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xtp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11088531_840979115971912_4879320986224334985_n.jpg%3Foh%3D94880845e86f6b1461997576ec52e958%26oe%3D5631639A&size=960%2C960&fbid=840979115971912[/embed] Day 1 On the 17th of April, I completed the outlines of the design on the right side of the staircase and the black paint outlines. In the evening when Swati came to help after work, we realised that the lift wasn't the easiest thing to maneuver underneath the staircase, so once we got it there we decided to complete that side of the wall completely before moving back to the right side again. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/810346565701834/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809525995783891/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] Day 2 On the 18th, it was so hot that Swati devised a canopy for us to paint under, while in the lift. We finished the black outlines and had help from Rashika in the morning and Maan and Tarun in the evening. Four of us stood on the lift, each armed with a colour and filled them in to music. This was the fun bit and my favourite part. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809981102405047/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809980115738479/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/809980509071773/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/810489242354233/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/810491035687387/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] Day 3 On the 19th, we finished the right side and the finishing touches. Awesome photographer Aashish Mandhwani took some professional photos of the finished mural for us to share and use. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/810516739018150/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/810932982309859/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/818395384896952/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/818424644894026/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840982542638236/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F1467467_840982542638236_7945359490935016454_n.jpg%3Foh%3Db607c8f8ac8855291d48dc08685fd33f%26oe%3D562F8C60&size=960%2C640&fbid=840982542638236[/embed] Downstairs Ocean theme The Paint Gun Using the the paint gun to create a patchy turquoise blue-green ocean downstairs was fun. Maan helped a lot with this. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/813272918742532/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xat1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11109303_813272918742532_1823183740215829914_n.jpg%3Foh%3D36b79b9ef6ad0794eceb6b2e86049655%26oe%3D5618B8B6&size=640%2C640&fbid=813272918742532[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/813274635409027/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] The Fish Brick Wall For the brick wall on one side of the asylum I had envisioned a colourful array of nervous and happy fishes, which I called the fish brick wall. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/813284758741348/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10995709_813284758741348_7349328370401667269_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dd6d30a13227f0cc67bd7ba7179f25a84%26oe%3D561FD8F5&size=640%2C640&fbid=813284758741348[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/815493071853850/?type=1[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/815492571853900/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xtp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10530773_815492571853900_5954147348384860124_n.jpg%3Foh%3D1c5ebff1592b6c1f84b4b259e8d5fae5%26oe%3D565C99F2&size=640%2C640&fbid=815492571853900[/embed] Lost Soul Jellyfish I gave my lost soul jellyfish each a wooden board with words on them to hold in their respective corners of the compound. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840005752735915/?type=3&theater[/embed] The Staircase Wave, AC Fishies, Stingray Switchboard We painted a staircase wave with little dots, some AC fishies and a stingray warning you away from the electrical switchboard. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/818119258257898/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10984137_818119258257898_5291540330326114841_n.jpg%3Foh%3Db72bed3c537f8b8588b7b86cacdaa1bd%26oe%3D55E70FF7&size=640%2C640&fbid=818119258257898[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/818728391530318/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xat1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10995644_818728391530318_3745011434266016171_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dd5fcc318ab4cdf603258b24d3c5ff496%26oe%3D56161CFE&size=960%2C720&fbid=818728391530318[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/823113567758467/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11011474_823113567758467_6202812109060191752_n.jpg%3Foh%3D7a87642f4e82789ca9962de6d6136c98%26oe%3D5658E63A&size=640%2C640&fbid=823113567758467[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/823113614425129/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xtp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11141308_823113614425129_4798608719343428822_n.jpg%3Foh%3D18ced0fe199f668deb67d164bb268a7d%26oe%3D560F3414&size=640%2C640&fbid=823113614425129[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/823423641060793/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xta1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11261807_823423641060793_4750267107322982741_n.jpg%3Foh%3Da3929f5a741a51b4f425b31f3bf60eae%26oe%3D560EC610&size=640%2C640&fbid=823423641060793[/embed] Signing off I created a signature stencil, and we wrapped things up. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/812651562138001/?type=3&theater[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/812657972137360/?type=3&theater[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/822507284485762/?type=3&theater[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/839429946126829/?type=3&theater[/embed]   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840975732638917/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xft1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11539599_840975732638917_5485873995865903162_n.jpg%3Foh%3Df4c3bf0163eec715e6d25efedcc70be0%26oe%3D56257319&size=640%2C640&fbid=840975732638917[/embed] Cast and Crew Swati Sinha, awesome graphic designer friend and my roommate in Delhi was the best painting partner and moral support a girl could ask for. Those were some good times we spent discussing, arguing, coming up with solutions and getting dead exhausted and gulping down ghanne ka juice together. Maan was a rockstar and handled a LOT of the legwork with the paintgun and painting when we were too tired to do it ourselves. Medhavi helped me a ton with towing the paint from place to place and generally being awesome moral support before we began. Rashika, Tarun and Premankan all lent a hand with painting. Suman uncle and Sanjeev uncle were extremely helpful and supportive with arranging the manlift for us, and Sanjeeta aunty sent us the yummiest food! Rakesh was there throughout and was our go-to guy and Man Friday, and of course, Vaibhav made all of this possible. Big thanks to you lovely people :) [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/818728161530341/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSketchy/photos/a.840041112732379.1073741830.143768775692953/840979165971907/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xta1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10150519_840979165971907_3138522137260860699_n.jpg%3Foh%3Ddf276509316033de58e8efe4032d20bf%26oe%3D56232643&size=960%2C960&fbid=840979165971907[/embed]    

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How To Use Li-Ion Battery For Arduino Project

Its easy, if you ask me! I was apprehensive before my current project. But no longer. I do not have many photos, but will edit once I have them. This is a highly involved project! This is a series of post I am planning to write on projects I am doing, and my learnings from them. Parts Required Li-ion charger ( see here https://www.ebay.in/itm/TP4056-5v-1a-Lithium-Battery-Charging-Module-lipo-lion-charger-mini-USB-port-/171827715868?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item2801badf1c) A Li-ion battery, choose a 1200mAh+ battery for a good amount of backup. Mostly these go for 100/- at Lamington Road. An Arduino ofcourse, but any microcontroller with a spare ADC pin will suffice. A couple of resistors, I used 10k and 39k 5% resistors. These are used to create a voltage divider network which senses battery voltage. Dont spend a lot on 1% MFR resistors, it is possible to have accurate results in software. A switch with three pins, one common, two inputs. this is used to seperate the battery from the arduino into the charger and vice versa. Firstly, your Arduino can get permanently damaged if the ADC input voltage is greater than the supply voltage. A Li-ion battery highest voltage should not cross 4.2 volts. Its full discharged when it reaches 3.3V.  Effectively, our ADC has to measure this range for the Arduino to know how far along will the battery last. Here is what has been connected. TP4056 TP4056 Bat+ to one extreme terminal of switch. TP4056 Bat- to Battery Negative terminal Arduino Arduino 5V pin to other extreme terminal of switch. Arduino GND to battery Negative terminal Battery 40k and 10k resistor divider between battery terminals. 40k Resistor connected to Battery positive, 10k to battery GND Center junction of voltage divider connected to A0 on the Arduino.   Switch Center pin of switch connected to Battery (+) terminal. Okay! I hope you have drawn a good circuit, please verify again. One flick of switch will disconnect battery from the arduino and connect it to the charger, the other flick will be vice versa. The TP4056 has two LED's, Red is charging, Blue is Charged Code Change the ADC reference to Internal 1.1 V, see here https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/AnalogReference At 4.2v, the A0 pin should ideally see a voltage below 1.1v, about 0.84 volts. This is the premise to choose those resistor values. With the 1.1v reference, this should be easily measurable. Use the AnalogInOutSerial example, in the Arduino IDE, Change the ADC reference in the setup function, and note values. Lets say it is 650, this is ADC count. This has to be converted to voltage. A0 pin voltage= 650*1.1/1023=0.69V. With expected 100% accurate resistor values, the battery voltage should be 3.38V( I leave this as an excercise for the reader) Measure the Voltage of the battery. Lets say its 3.34V.   Why is there this difference? Because 1) The 1.1V reference is not purely 1.1V 2) The resistor values are not exactly 39k and 10k. We add correction to this now. Charge the battery, and then let it discharge. Measure a couple of these ADC and Battery voltage values, and find the average multiplier to be provided in the calculation. For our example above, the multiplier is (3.34/3.38)=0.988 You now have the correct battery voltage   Battery voltage= ADC reading * 1.1 * multiplier * ( sum of resistor values)/1023;   Problems that can occur while running on batteries 1) Batteries will drain. 2) The Atmega chips have a certain max clock speed at which they run at different voltages. the datasheet will tell you this voltage speed relation. This means that unless you have a very stable voltage, a very strict timing cannot be achieved, because the system clock can be not so accurate 3) Brown Out- If the battery dips too low, the system will reset itself, can be mitigated by changing a couple of fuses.

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Creation Of Maker’s Asylum Delhi | How Did We Start

The thought of setting up Maker's Asylum in Delhi came to me when I went home for a short holiday. When you start something of your own, the holidays are few and far between. Even when you do manage to get away, your mind wanders back to it. It's hard to take a break from your passion. The Delhi space came to us quite by accident. But if I've learned anything over the last two years it is this -- accident or not, it's best to say yes and move forward instead of constantly second guessing your every move. And so, Maker's Asylum Delhi was born. The Delhi space is very special to me as its the maker space I always envisioned. The perfect location, in a lane full of pottery shops and colourful handicraft craftsmen, a high ceiling where day light falls in keeping the space lit  through the day. An open-air backyard where you can break an entire car and a shed roof (believe me we tried) giving it a factory like setting. During my trip, I met with Madhuvanti, a friend and active well-wisher of the Asylum.  Over a cup of tea, she told me about the awesome stuff that she has been doing with Street Art Delhi. Installations and other such fascinating things around Delhi. During the conversation, we spoke a lot about Delhi and how creative people are here. We spoke about the office space in Delhi that we had recently acquired and she got super excited. She offered to paint it. Taking off on her enthusiasm, Sanchit a friend and architect working on sustainable buildings, also fell in love with the idea of designing this space and making it sustainable. We had multiple meetings during my so-called vacation and worked hard on coming up with a design. Things got rolling pretty soon. Madhuvanti took the lead on the Art work and spoke to the guys at St+Art about sponsoring the paints. She worked her magic in her quirky art style as usual and even incorporated a phrase that has come to be an unofficial motto at the Asylum -- Pass It On. I say unofficial because to tell you the truth, it was a quote on a poster that just jumped out at me. For a while, it was also our WiFi password. Don't try it, we had it changed since ;) What the art and design elements do at the Asylum is start conversations which is perfect because creativity and collaborations both start from a simple conversation. For example, there were a lot of interesting discussions around the lamps kept outside the asylum that looked like jelly fish. According to Madhu's theme, the asylum is under water. It's inspiring to see how artists think. Sachit and a team of workers started on the walls of the Asylum. He broke all the 'good-looking' walls and exposed the brick, going backwards from the conventional way things work. This is just the beginning of the Dellhi Asylum, a chapter that is close to home. [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18491275944/in/album-72157655011343035/[/embed] [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19108093022/in/album-72157655011343035/[/embed] [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19108075742/in/album-72157655011343035/[/embed] [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18927641709/in/album-72157655011343035/[/embed] [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19087687926/in/album-72157655011343035/[/embed] The launch party was our way of getting all the Makers in Delhi together so they could show off their projects and connect with other makers in the city. Over a 100 people showed up on June 20. We built the bar out of bamboo. Rohit, a passionate maker for Agra, assembled his drone and Jasmeet, founder of Roborium set up an electronics library at the space. Himanshu Bablani, a biggie in the Maker Community in Delhi known for his technology and art installations, built bristle bots with new makers. Namrata, another active member from Delhi's Maker community set up a screen printing table and made t-shirts. We ended the evening with a short talk about the Maker Movement and a music jamming session by some of our friends. A beautiful evening of making! Super excited to see what's next for Maker’s Asylum Delhi and the wonderful community of makers. [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19712480836/in/album-72157655523941239/[/embed]   [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19550821308/in/album-72157655523941239/[/embed]   [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19116104014/in/album-72157655523941239/[/embed] [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/19116070404/in/album-72157655523941239/[/embed]  

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Jigs and Guides: the I guide for a circular saw

Jig and guide for a circular saw Mini project: To build 2 jigs or guides for the circular saw. Description: The base or plate of the circular saw is a rectangular piece of metal, which is square. It exists to ensure that the saw cuts exactly at 90 degrees into the wood. This is one type of guide which is built into the circular saw. What we require to build is a guide to help cut in a straight line without having to constantly measure how far from the line to setup the guide. Steps: Assume that the base plate of the saw is 4" wide. The blade will spin ~1" from one edge and ~3" from the other. It is very, very rare to cut using the 3" side since this side has the motor mounted on it. But in a cramped space when the saw can be applied only from one direction, I have found that using the 3" side is safer that pulling the saw toward the body. We will make this guide 4' long. This will cover the 8'x4' sheets that we are always going to be working with. [caption id="attachment_4789" align="aligncenter" width="300"] I guide with fictional measurements showing the way the fence is to be offset on the base[/caption] The guide has 2 pieces glued and screwed to each other. screws are optional and infact not recommended. These are used simply to hold the pieces together while the glue dries. The 2 pieces are the base and the fence. The edge of the base is held on the line on which we are cutting while the fence is used to guide the base plate of the saw in a perfectly straight line. Cut the fence from a sheet of 1/2" mdf or particle board or what ever you have at hand. Cut the base from a sheet of 1/4" material. Glue the fence onto the base in the manner below. Before gluing read step 7. Based on the position the fence on the base in such a manner that the circular saw will have something to cut out. [caption id="attachment_4788" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cutting the base of the guide using the fence itself gives a 0 tolerance edge[/caption] Once the glue is dry. Using the circular saw for which the guide is being made, cut the base by placing the base plate against the side of the fence, this will give a 0 tolerance cut for this side of the circular saw. Do the same thing for the other side of the circular saw. This guide and the circular saw are not a couple. Usage: This guide is used to make straight cuts which are not necessarily at 90 degrees to the edge. Draw out the line that you wish to cut along Place the guide such that the edge of the base is along the line. Clamp the guide from both side. Let her rip!!! Remember to always cut on the waste side of the line. This is where a guide which can be setup for either side of the plate comes in handy. Now go forth and make

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Carpentry and Mechanics storage cabinet: The beginning of the build

We have finally begun THE series of builds of storage cabinets in the asylum. If you've been to the asylum then you know that the number of tools has suddenly shot up. Members too have begun using more than just the electronics equipment and we are now increasing blah blah blah .. go read Storage cabinets for carpentry and Mechanics. If you haven't been to the asylum then stop reading and get to the asylum now We met at 12:30, the gang from the second carpentry class and Kapil. A poor turn out in my opinion, but the torrential rain in the morning may have been the reason. [bs_row class="row"][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18735525656/ [/bs_col][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18580219350/ [/bs_col][/bs_row] I explained the build, the purpose of a build group and the series of builds we are going to be doing with particle board. In another few months the transformation of the asylum is going to be complete. This specific build is a storage cabinet for carpentry and mechanics tools. I broke down the storage cabinet design into 5 parts Column 1: Karthik, Aarudra, Kapil and Mohammed Column 2: Karthik, Aarudra, Kapil and Mohammed Drawers: 4 in total, Rushneh from my knocking on wood class will take this up with a couple of colleagues. Pegboard: Unassigned Collapsible table: Sonia from the knocking on wood class again. In true build group fashion, each person or team is responsible for completing a portion of the build. The build members can meet at anytime at the convenience of the teams. The only limitation is that Kartik or myself needs to be present when the power tools are being used. On the first day the team for column one used the jig saw, circular saw and a couple of make shift guides and long power cords to chop up the 8x4 11mm sheet of particle board into 2 sides of the columns. The big 'b's if I may ;) [bs_row class="row"][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18767968835/ [/bs_col][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18580421930/ [/bs_col][/bs_row] 4 sheets of particle board have been provided by Associate Decor Limited (https://www.associatedecor.com/) 2 11mm boards 1 8 mm board 1 17 mm board https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18762941062/ Particle board cuts up as easily as MDF, infact it might be a little easier since it is a little less dense. In the next post, I'll probably show you how we made the guides for cutting straight lines across 4 feet and some tips and tricks on how to screw into the edge. If you wish to contribute to the build, get in touch with me on facebook. The pegboard portion is still unassigned.

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Knocking On Wood: Carpentry Class 2 Session 2

The first 2 sessions of the carpentry class have gone by so quickly I've not had the chance to "report" about them before this Over the course of Knocking on Wood I, I learnt a lot about teaching woodworking; probably more than my students. This time I have tried to reduce the shortcomings. The course commitment is too much, 4 Saturdays is a lot. The current class is 3 Saturdays long I've moved the entire format around. Introducing practice time even earlier than teaching about tools and grain. Actual working time has been increased so that the time to correct mistakes is larger. The participants for this carpentry class are as varied as the first, education-ists, environment-ists and non working-ists; all wish to learn. One thread runs through this group and with the previous one; my jobs are too small, no carpenter will take up my designs, home repair. All these 3 reasons are perfect; to me its the beginning of a revolution. Ofcourse 16 people will make a really, itty bitty revolution, but hey a rolling ball of snow can begin from a bitty pebble. Session 1 Last week, 7 participants and I got together in the asylum for the first session of the carpentry class. This time after a quick round of introductions and some ice breaking, I went straight for sawing and chiseling out bits of wood. The task was simple, fit one piece into another in various ways. The learning from the exercise is massive; I'm definitely going with this exercise in the future. It is easily the only task that needs to be mastered to be a master woodworker; You learn Measuring and marking: This sounds so trivial, but I know 16 persons who will take a chisel to you if you say this is easy. Cutting with a saw: After marking, you had better cut on the correct side of the line; Sigh! yes there is a correct side. Come for a class and you will learn. Chopping with a chisel: The final stage of any thing is taking out the waste. A chisel is accurate and neat and practice makes perfect. We ended carpentry class 2 session 1 with a talk on tools and grain. I felt this was much easier to grasp as the hands on time had given enough context. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18014179113/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18634887955/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/18447175090/   Session 2 Carpentry class session 2 began with joints, and then the design of the laptop table. Interestingly, 2 members of gang II decided to change a few parts around. One will build a "tablet table" and another is building a tools trolley. Using all the same number of pieces and simply moved a few around, voila a new item of furniture. Ahh, I so love building with wood. Day 2 ended with the completion of the frame for the table top. That's the big one; 4 joints, 8 chops, 16 cuts. The accuracy of the joints created was a kind of vilification of the time spent in practice. All in all a great first 2 sessions of carpentry class.

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Autodesk’s Visit to Asylum

We were pleasantly surprised when Behram had senior executive members of the Autodesk team visit the Asylum on the 10th of June. Autodesk all India head of marketing Mr.Prasad Phadke is no stranger to the Maker Culture, so he was extremely pleased to see a budding Maker Space right in the heart of the vibrant City of Mumbai. Sachin gave them a tour of the Asylum and introduced them to various community projects that were underway. They were impressed with the wide variety of projects that we could accommodate in such a tight space. Electronics, Robotics, Wood Working, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing !   Anool had an animated discussion on how India was on the cusp of the local Innovation curve and how we’re going to shoot up pretty soon. Mr. Phadke mentioned how Autodesk’s CEO & President Mr.Carl Bass is himself an avid Maker and is encouraging all kinds of Maker Movements over the Globe. Glad we have their attention then, wink. They were very keen on having us talk about our Maker Space at their Autodesk University Event on August 7th. We discussed how we could exhibit a mini version of Maker’s Asylum for AU participants to get an idea of what an informal, collaborative Maker Space is like.   Autodesk is going all out this year to showcase how their software is enabling every creator out there. They are specially shipping in Lady GAGA’S 3D printed dress or Roger Federer’s shoe that was customized to fit him. We were impressed to know that the first life sized, 3D printed model of an Indian was no other than Mr. Sharukh Khan. Behram was most keen on how Microsoft’s Hololens could be used at the Asylum for product visualization and instruction.The possibility of Microsoft Presenting Hololens at the Autodesk University made him bust into a small Jig. All in, the Autodesk team were left genuinely impressed by what we are doing at the Asylum and how far we have come. They will be putting all their support behind us to further grow this movement. We couldn’t be more pleased!

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Storage cabinets for carpentry and Mechanics

Storage cabinets are big huge, hold alls which are designed simply with a lot of nooks and crannies. They hold a lot of weight and in this case will double up at a display unit too. The asylum has acquired a lot of tools along the way, and the long and short of it is that we are running out of space to store and display them. Associate Decor has kindly agreed to provide us with all the particle board we need. Particle board is used to build large cabinets and cupboards and stuff. If you have a ready made "wooden" cabinet; I'll bet its particle board that was used. Now, I've designed a relatively simple storage cabinet. 2 columns with shelves on either side and a large pegboard supporting them. The pegboard will be used to hang tools, I might also change the peg board into a system of french cleats for more reliable "hanging". The cabinet is 6 feet tall, ~5 wide and 2 deep. It has a tables that folds away underneath and which can be folded up and supported on to hinged legs. The bottom portion of each column will have 2 drawers each. The drawers are 5 inches deep. The remaining space will be left empty for now. I invite people who like building to volunteer to help build this. I will make 5 teams and assign a particular portion to each team. At the end of the week we will meet and put the whole cabinet together. Each team will be responsible for the completion of the portion assigned to them. (I will make voodoo dolls of all the teams as insurance ;) ) Power tools will definitely be used so if [caption id="attachment_4750" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Design of the storage cabinet for carpentry[/caption] you are a member and are not yet rated on the power tools then this is a god send. Stalk the Makers asylum Facebook group page to find out when we will have the first meeting for this build. Also this is part of a larger build series with the particle board provided by Associate Decor (https://www.associatedecor.com/) so do stay tuned.

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Organise Asylum: Carpentry and Mechanical Section

This week I organise the asylum. How did I get into this? Well I've had a day's break between carpentry classes, of course when i say a day it means a Saturday; the previous class got over on the 16th; the next begins on the 30th. Somehow in that one single lonesome day, I have managed to get myself embroiled in an activity that is closest to my heart and one that also gives me the heebi jeebies. I have volunteered to organise the asylum. There I've said it, it's out there. Now I can't renegade. In my defense, I was bored with spending a day painting the MAME cabinet. Me and my trusty spaceman Karthik are going to re-organise and re-furbish the entire asylum; one tiny bit at a time. We start with breaking up the asylum in sections. 1. Carpentry and Mechanical 2. Electronics 3. Oragami 4. Painting 5. Laser Cutter 6. 3D Printing 7. TT table Oh wait. The TT table isnt ours. I got a wee bit carried away. So first up organise the carpentry and Mechanical section. The 2 of us have spent a lot of time thinking about what would look cooler, yet be functional and extensible. We hit on this. [caption id="attachment_4713" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Plans to organise the carpentry and mechanical section[/caption] We designed this. Now this design will require 1 sheet of 1/4 inch ply and 2 sheets of 1/2 inch ply and I'm not completely sure that it won't keel over. But hey isn't that what the asylum is all about; Push the boundary of the impossible, the unimaginable and conquer our fear of the unknown. This week, that shelf is our plan. We move all the power tools over to this cutie; open up space on the existing shelves for some more possibilities sic junk. We then move onto electronics next week. This will be a series of build groups and I invite people to come help with what ever you can; even if it is simply figuring out what is the best configuration for hanging the tools on the peg board. On a more serious note, we do need some sponsorship for the wood and the screws.

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Knocking on wood: Carpentry Class 1, done and dusted

The final session of the first carpentry class began today like most other Saturdays. I was in early and made my rounds of ISDI. I then sharpened the blades and put out all the tools that we would need. You can read about the earlier sessions here Session 1 Session 2 Today would be a low tool usage day. I had planned to simply get the glue up done and the tops cut up and stuck to the top. [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17809141791/in/album-72157651809053738/[/embed] Ofcourse, I knew I was dreaming. Only one participant, Mihir was anywhere close to completing the frames for the table. But the others were not far behind, and I felt 99% confident that we would have the laptop tables completed for the carpentry course after all my fav gang knew everything they needed to know; now it was a question of practice. I was vaguely nervous. ;) We put the table out and sort of simply got into it. By 11 the final slots were cut, last minute lengthening and shortening of legs and supports was done and we were ready for the hinge. The hinge I had chosen was a nut bolt with a nice semi circular head; very classy. I got out the drill and began the hunt for the chuck key. If you've ever used a drill you'll know its terribly impossible to get things done without a chuck key, but there was none. Vaibhav came out and showed us a "jugad" how to tighten a chuck, using just the power of the human hand and some care, and some insanity. I wouldn't recommend it tends to wear out the drill motor. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17808646105/in/album-72157651809053738/ After lunch we completed the drilling of the hole to receive the nut bolt. Now it maybe a little difficult to explain, but the hole lies at the center of the largest circle that can be drawn within the leg. The leg has also to be rounded out along the same circle so that it can rotate around the bolt. maybe I could come up with an illustration sometime. [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17620856628/in/album-72157651809053738/[/embed] Once that was done, we began glue up. Along with the glue up, I explained fasteners: metal screws, wood screws, dowels and nails. All of which i hate but a carpentry class would be incomplete without the theory. Another thing that is dear to my heart is wood working at home and how it can be done. I have been doing it for the last 7 years, so I believe that everyone can, if they are passionate enough. But enough philosophy. Glue up takes exactly the time that I take to speak, and now we had the first glimpse of the final product. Mihir was done. He was standing, admiring his table with the look of a new dad. Not far away, I was looked on like a new grandfather. Happy. Pleased. Proud.   The rest were not far behind, each one completed with a little pushing and shoving and the top sheet was engraved with their names. Mihir the first completer, got the Dunning Kruger effect on his. Ain't  it cool. [bs_row class="row"][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17622392619/in/album-72157651809053738/ [/bs_col][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17621104850/in/album-72157651809053738/ [/bs_col][/bs_row] One last shot with all of us who were left, hugs and kisses and they were gone. [bs_row class="row"][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17805531332/in/album-72157651809053738/ [/bs_col][bs_col class="col-xs-6"] https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/17622268869/in/album-72157651809053738/ [/bs_col][/bs_row] My children left the nest. They are prepared to woodwork, they don't need me anymore; I believe it. I pray they do.    

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