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  1. 1 minute ago, VPI said:

    Need to build one myself. They do not sell a zero clearance that I have found. Need to cut the wood, shape it to fit, route out some for clearance and make it the proper depth to be level with the table. 

    Measure.  Provide measurements to fellow idiot w/ CNC router and laser cutting tools.  

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  2. 20 minutes ago, VPI said:

    Now I need to figure out how to make a zero clearance insert without having any of the tools (bandsaw, bench top sander, skill) I actually need to make one.

    Why?  For the chop saw? Every zero-clearance insert I've seen comes as a solid piece and you just run the blade thru.  I feel confused.

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  3. 1 minute ago, naamanf said:

    Having a large cabinet humidor has been my want list for a long time. I’ve actually been thinking about making one for a while. Local large commercial lumber supplier actually stocks the Spanish cedar so getting material shouldn’t be that hard to make it. I just need to step up my design game. 

    Let me know if you want any laser cut or etched funness, that's what got me thinking about it. With the lining material being 1/4" typically there's a lot that can be done with the laser and it's not like charring the edges would be an undesirable effect in a box that houses things to be smoked. 

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  4. 5 hours ago, dsavitsk said:

    Can still damage the laser itself, and most likely voids any warranty.

    Agreed and again, I appreciate you pointing it out to me. I did some more reading on the subject last night and came to the same conclusion. I'll stick to the approved materials list.

  5. Found a lightly used set of Nobby Nic 27.5x3.0 tires a few towns over so I snatched them up for 40% of the cost of one tire and got them mounted for a ride today.  I'll still probably end up picking up a set of studded snow tires but for now, it's fun playing monster truck in the woods.


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  6. 1 hour ago, dsavitsk said:


    Some of that stuff is PVC which creates hydrochloric acid vapor when lasered.

    Thanks for the heads up, thankfully, the unit is enclosed and runs an exhaust fan which I route outside.  Still, I don't plan on lasering much of it. 

  7. I keep making things I don't really need.  While looking for a spare power supply around the abandoned office I happened upon several rolls of what I can only call, magnetic whiteboard tape.  My brain immediately thought, hmmm, I wonder if the laser can engrave and cut this stuff?  So, I brought a scrap home and loaded up my current favorite file.  I present, RTJ fridge magnets.


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  8. On 1/8/2021 at 11:33 AM, naamanf said:

    I present to you...a box. But it's fully parametric. Now I need to figure out how to do each component in CAM. Baby steps. 


    The challenge in making that is likely going to be that the main baffle will be a two-sided operation if you do it fully on the CNC rig.  Honestly, seems like a project that would be best accomplished by a mix of CNC and the table saw. 

  9. RTJ hands fixed


    Honestly, I'm pretty psyched with how these came out and they were a great test bed for figuring out how to accurately combine/sequence engraving and cutting.  Now for a light sanding and finishing and then delivery to their owner.

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  10. 44 minutes ago, TheSloth said:

    I So perhaps what I should ask is this - what's the best way to get super low hiss output with near perfect channel balance and fine grained volume control with a very sensitive IEM?

    Pico Slim coupled with the DAC of your choice. I am not aware of any product that approached that particular set of requirements in a more focused way.  I tried to convince Justin to build a desktop product with that attenuator and frankly, have considered buying one just to strip it out of the chassis and do it myself. The main problem is that a larger volume knob is desirable but might cover the output jack.  It's low on the list of priorities for me since I've moved almost completely away from IEMS for home listening.

  11. My current "problem" is that I'm tempted to see if I can get someone to buy my Shapeoko so that I can upgrade to the Pro. I've almost bought the Z axis upgrade a few times which is likely more than half the price difference that the upgrade would cost with a much smaller fraction of the improvements.

  12. 11 hours ago, swt61 said:

    I wish that I understood 1/10th of what you gents know. It seems like a lot of useful fun can be had, but I'll have to watch by the sidelines.

    Really cool stuff guys!

    it wouldn't take you long to figure it out, Steve, There's a ton of info on the web about most machines.  I think the routers are actually easier to approach than the lasers and printers that I've been able to use.  Speaking of, I've been working on a printing project too but we'll wait to see if what I printed actually works before celebrating. :) 

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  13. I'll certainly share the files as soon as I get the hands cut the right way.  I modified the source file this morning and will regenerate the associated vector files when I get home to the machine with Inkscape.

    The laser that I'm running is a Dremel Digilab LC40. The uphill battle was mostly getting the right type of file generated.  Converting AutoCAD to PDF (which is alleged to work) was not working and I both think that I figured out why it wasn't working and also figured out definitively how to use Inkscape to generate a vector that will cut.  More experimentation for sure and the next project is already in the works to help out someone here with a project. 

    The arrow plaque looks really cool and understand the lack of desire in sharing personal data of minors. 

  14. 52 minutes ago, genewiseman said:

    You can do whatever you want though. 

    Yup, sure can. I don't speak for anyone other than myself when I say I could not care less about your personal headphone journey.  This website does not exist to make you feel good. Members here are free to respond (or not, as is the case here) to your review. You bumping your own thread looking for gratification is not something that I'm forced to tolerate as a moderator here. So either take my friend Todd's advice above and realize that you've basically been treated with kid gloves so far or don't and you'll find you no longer have to worry about it.

    Last piece of advice - imagine you just walked into a bar that you've never been to before and started shouting about how great Bud Lite is and expected people to cheer.  Would that seem like a normal thing to do?  


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  15. I've been screwing around with the laser lately, mostly trying to figure out how to get the damn thing to cut and engrave. I'd had the engraving part sorted for a while and finally had a break though today with cutting. For the inaugural project I decided to do something that popped into my head while listening to RTJ the other day.  It'll end up being a thank-you gift for the friend that introduced them to me back in the spring.


    Each of those is about 2-1/2" long and the source file was custom designed by me in CAD based off of the cover of RTJ4.  It's mirrored 🤦‍♂️ because the album art I used was, so I'll flip it for V2, add a small hole for a hanger, and viola, one of a kind custom RTJ Christmas ornaments.  


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  16. 3 hours ago, genewiseman said:

    I am beginning to think that I should never have tried to start an intelligent conversation about headphones here. The memories of being picked on by the cool kids are still fresh in your minds. I was never a football player and I never stuffed a nerd in a locker but you don't know that. Online, you have all graduated to the "cool kid" table in the cafeteria. From here on I will try to refrain from irritating you with my views and questions about audio equipment and let you get back to your anime pornography. I apologize for the interruption.



    I thought my comment was pretty benign, Gene. This isn't really a headphone forum. Most members have been here more than a decade, date back to the earliest days of Headwize, and are friends in real life, despite the thousands of miles, oceans, continents and everything else in between. Are we occasionally rude? Yes. Were we particularly rude here? No. If you'd read around a bit even just in this forum you'd have seen that the top 10 threads are so are either Stax related or about boutique niche headphones. So no, you posting a review of your new AKG K240s was unlikely to generate any sort of stimulating conversation. Most here have probably already owned a pair. Congrats on your new headphones. My advice, spend more time listening to them then writing about them.

    As the saying goes, sorry about your thin skin. 

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