[10.2020] Give me a lever long enough...: Refurbishing two Johnson Bars

If you have ever had to deal with moving large and heavy objects, you may have come to appreciate the value of a good lever. When it comes moving heavy equipment, nothing quite beats the stout johnson bar. In this project I set out to refurbish two johnson bars purchased at auction.

[02.2020]Cruzin' in style: An Electric Trike

In MITERS we have a tradition of building electric vehicles and riding them around campus/cambridge for fun. This projects goal was to create a comfortable, peppy, and robust electric trike while also limiting its top speed for safety.

[06.2020]$40 for Precision: A Bandsaw of class

In the earlier part of the pandemic I was able to find a pneumatic surface grinder and bandsaw at an industrial auction (Online) in waltham, MA. What I didn't realize at the time of purchase was just how good a bandsaw could be... let alone a $40 one.

[07.31.19]A Simple Hacker Space Sign

In my opinion a key component in setting the feel for a hacker space is the sign. I finally made a decision to build a sign for MITERS that lives up to the space and the projects that are made there.

[07.25.19] Blasting Away the Rust: Re-Seasoning Cast iron from Scratch

Recently I came across some decent and rusty cast iron at a junk-yard and was able to pick it all up for $5. So I decided to re-season it from scratch because I had no idea what the history of the cast iron was (and what it had come into contact with). I also decided to take the time to also re-do my favorite cast-iron skillet from Kinsers, PA.

[7.06.19]We Don't Need no Stinking Batteries: Wiring up a battery powered MITERS Saw

When working on another project I came across an issue with the tooling at MITERS. Our only MITERS saw was battery powered... but in the last year we threw away all our old tool batteries and standardized. So none of the batteries fit the MITERS Saw. That's when I decided to shift gears and focus on making the MITERS saw run off any of our D.C. Power supplies.

[05.2019]Look like a Pro, Be like a Pro: Custom Caliper Case

Every professional has a high quality item related to their field of study or work. This item both holds significance to themselves but also to their jobs. Along these lines, as an experimental physicist and tinkerer, I have decided to create a personalized custom case for a set of engineering tools: Mitutoyo 6" Calipers, Metric and English screw pitch gauges, small Fillet and Radius gauges, and large fillet and radius gauges. All but the calipers are vintage Starrett tooling made in Massachusetts, purchased from Ebay and Refurbished.

[02.27.18]Heating the Wax: Wax Pot Version 2

My first heat-cartridge wax pot died due to the solid metal wire getting pinched and sheered. This project is my attempt at taking all the lessons I learned from my first wax-pot and creating a more robust and useful design.

[5.19.16]Reeve Work Tracker

A friend of mine has been finding himself losing track of time at work and thus working way more than his 40 hours a week. This projects aim is to create a standalone box that will actively track his time at work each week.

[1.27.16] Gas-Bag / Plasma Jet Experiment [Work Related]

This is work I did to support the research efforts of the pProbeJet Omega campaign @ LLE. The purpose of the proposed research was to measure the effects of the ambient gas on a plasma jet propagation. This was done using two separate diagnostics to produce images of the plasma jets at different time periods, different gasses, and different pressures.

[9.15.16] Reeve Doorbell

A friend is moving into a new space where he setup a few machines, and every shop space needs a door bell. So I decided to refurbish a working xylophone door bell, with a bit of customization.

[7.4.16] Doubled Headed Axe

Refurbishing an old Belknap Bluegrass double-headed axe that I bought for $20 at Kinzers Rough and Tumble Tractor Show flea market in Pennsylvania.

[3.1.16] MITERS Door

"The project was aimed to create a reliable system in which MIT students could find-out if the MIT Electronic Society (MITERS) was currently open.

[4.10.14] The Melting Point: CNC Wax Seals

This project was designed around the use of the CNC Mill that has recently been added to the MITERS arsenal of machines. The project involves using the CNC mill to machine precise design into a piece of brass cylindrical stock.

[8.02.13] Birkel's Lamp: Refurbished Brass Physics Lamp

During the summer I was tasked with organizing and cleaning out an old physics storage room at MIT. There were a lot of cool items for different experiments I salvaged for both Junior Lab and TSG (8.01/8.02). This is one of the items that I salvaged but it was not needed by either group, So I was able to keep it for myself.

[7.1.13]Material Properties (Wood): Fire-Hardening in the wilderness

One of the processes that is kind of casually overlooked or glanced over when looking at history is the technology of fire-hardening. In the this project I got a stick and carved a spear point on the end of it, the goal was to take a decently dried stick and create a strong staff/spear from the application of fire.

[6.8.13]Disassemble a mini-Flash Drive: SanDisk Cruzer Fit

This project goal is to disassemble of a SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16 GB usb Flash Drive for purpose of gaining a low profile flash drive and learning exactly how they are built. Disassembling things gives you a good idea on how other think, and in this case on how big companies engineers think.

[5.23.13] Old Steel: Refurbishment project

This project's goal was to take a old tool and refurbish it to a condition where it can be used as a fully functioning tool. The tool that spawned this project was a old shipping crate opening tool that I picked up at the MIT Swap fest, along with a drill press, a jewelers anvil, and a pickaxe head. All of which needed and still need a bit of de-rusting and cleaning up, all in their own time though (The drill press is going to be a long refurbishment project, it works but a lot of rust and parts that I want to replace/clean).

[Fall '12] The Hopper: A Personal City Transportation Vehicle

A personal city transportation vehicle, A.K.A. The Hopper. This vehicle aims at being a versatile scooter that can ride both on un-kept roads, and in-doors. The current specs for this vehicle will be; 8inch diameter wheels, Capped speed of ~20 mph (Currently capped by motor controller), and an average distance of ~6.4 miles per charge (or pack).

Behemoth: The Electric Scooter

A large framed electric scooter, The goal of this project was to create a large framed scooter. The specifications of this scooter was to create a long distance vehicle that could run on poorly maintained roads, as-well as rapidly climb large hills (tests were mainly aimed towards the steepest hill on campus *Road near E.M.P.A.C. @ RPI*). The scooter would run off of a bank of A123 battery cells (1.4Volts, 1.1 Amp hours per cell) that I would create myself. The propulsion would be a brushless motor, which original purpose would be the use in large model airplanes.

[1.20.2012]Creating Chips: A Water Proof Match Canister

This project was used to learn how to thread using a lathe. This is an operation that is the foundation of most assembly and I thought it was a very important thing to know and understand how to do. So I came up with a simple project which requires threading, a waterproof match canister.

[Jan '12]Chaos Pendulum: Double Pendulum

This Project outlines the simple construction of a fascinating dynamical system; a double pendulum or Chaos Pendulum. This project aims at creating a simple, cost effective and sturdy chaos pendulum for the RPI Society of Physics Students.

[Dec '11]On The Go Mobilekit: Mobile Electronics Bench

This Project was designed to facilitate the creation of electronic based projects without the necessity of a dedicated Lab Bench. The Goal was to design and create a basic electronics kit that allows any table to become a basic electronics bench.

[ENGR-1300] Engineering Processes

"The use of basic machine tools such as lathes, mills, drill presses, band saws, and grinders, including micrometers, vernier calipers, and various other devices used in a machine shop or laboratory. Welding techniques and tool making are also considered." - Taken from the RPI Course Catalog

[10.6.09] Repairing a Laptop Cooling Pad

This project is a simple repair involving a salvaged laptop cooling pad. The goal of this project is to dismantle, learn how it works and create an effective repair.