Over the weeks we have been putting together an electronics lab which is a section of the main shed at the football club.
It started with a partition wall using the original roofing sheets supplied with the shed. George brought in some old kitchen cupboards and then we began kitting it out.
We now have our own oscilloscope, bench power supply, waveform generator, component checker, raspberry pie, arduino and a host of components.
Next we decided to power the lab section with solar power, which is working out just great, with no noisy generator pounding in our heads while we try to think.
After we thought we had completed the shed along came storm Doris and ripped the felt off the roof causing it to leak and weaken the roof boards and smashed some windows.
So what we did, by we, I mean George and I, took off the old boards and strengthened the roof by putting up extra spars and supports.
Doris also damaged the football grounds cycle shed so we were able to use some of their plastic to replace the windows. We got new boards for the roof and we extended them out the back to make the wood store.
It sounds easy but I assure you it was not.
The next step is to create the electronics and physical computing area. There will be more to come on this.
Now we have the shed build we need to fit it out with tools and equipment. So the first thing we needed was a bench. With reclaimed timber and some left over floor panels this was an easy project.
The rest was just putting up shelves and placing the tools. And there you have it a fully functioning workshop.
Llandudno Football Club have very generously allowed us to use some of their land to erect up to two 20′ by 10′ sheds.
We have been very busy building the first shed there, work-parties are encouraged to attend and help, Thursdays seem to be a good day.
- Setting out the base was the hardest part and the least well attended work group. It was initially felt that we could just support the base on blocks. However, the base was so flimsy that is needed to be supported along the full width and length so the ground needed to be prepared for a gravel base to lay the boards down.
- Placing the floor and erecting the walls was a very hectic session. After laying the base we screwed a 3″ x 2″ sole plate all around to add stability, this would later form part of a second floor. It was at this point that we discovered the shed was not 20′ x 10′ but 18′ 4″ x 8′ 10″ There was some extra assembly needed to the wall panels which were then screwed together.
- Assembling the roof trusses was interesting but we got it right on the second attempt.
- Laying the roof panels highlighted the slight imperfections in our work, but they are on now with just a bit of fettling to be done. Update, the roof panels were taken off and refitted???
5. Windows and doors were fitted next. This made for a pleasant morning for one person.
6. After some repair-work and fettling following the refitting of the roof panels. Felting the roof is the next step.
7. Felting complete
8. New inner floor completed.
This will be the ‘Dirty Shed’ used for woodworking projects. The second shed on this site, the ‘Clean Shed’ will be purchased soon but it will not be from the same supplier. The Clean shed will be used for electronics and computing.
After a very positive meeting with Kelly Williams of Cartrefi Conwy we have secured a meeting room for weekly social meetings at Cysgod Y Gogarth, at the corner Trinity Avenue and St Andrews Avenue, Llandudno. This is being funded by Time Bank hours.
Wondering what you could do in the Physical Computing and Electronics Group.
The Evil Genius series has some great ideas, unfortunately the books are a bit expensive. However, some evil genius has put several of them online as pdf’s. I am not condoning this, if I had the money I would buy them all. I have bought a few but as the few I have bought were after reading the pdf I think we are not doing the authors a dis–service, on the contrary we are promoting their books. I have also just found out that some of these books are in the Library system. So enough of me assuaging my guilt lets get on with the links. I hope you feel inspired and if you live in the area you will come along and share your enthusiasm.
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Carol and her team of textile aficionados have been incredible busy making Dog Blankets which will be donated to local Dog Charities.
April 2016 should see the bank account soar for a day or two because of a successful funding from Conwy County Council of course the lions share of it will go straight back to Ty Hapus for the rent but we should have some money left to start up some projects.
The aim of this project is to assist, share, learn, teach. Open up to the fascinating world of physical computing.
So what is physical computing? Physical computing, in the broadest sense, means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. In practical use, the term most often describes handmade art, design or DIY hobby projects that use sensors and micro-controllers to translate analog input to a software system, and/or control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware.
Prototyping will be the beginning using the Arduino micro-controller connected to a computer this combines the two practical disciplines of electronics and programming. But it is not hard to learn you can start with a simple blinking LED and move on to a bone crushing robot. Continue reading Physical Computing Project