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  1. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    I have emerged from the shop Victorious! Once again, the wood has bent to my will! (OK, that sounded weird...):w00t:

    Anyway, the website coding is complete, and we have nine new items up on the website - 5 strip holders; 3 charger holders & one cabinet.

    The second cabinet musta' been scared, 'cause it soiled itself and needs a complete resanding - water/glue stain on one end.

    Might be a bit before I get to it as I'm just starting a big custom juice bar holder for a vape shop!

    Rick
     
  2. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey Gang-

    The contest has concluded! Congrats to the winners! Time for paperwork - Big paperwork...
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    Just starting a friggin' HUGE triple step juice & tank holder - holds 80 flavors! Cutting out the full size templates for the parts. No mistakes! Just the wood plank for the bottom piece alone costs over $100! Will be made from African Wenge & Padauk.

    See ya soon-

    Rick
     
  3. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Good Morning (or afternoon)-

    I can't lie - I like big Bottoms
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    Most of the bottom piece of the latest project, Vape Stand for a Juice Bar - now that's some major wood
    :lol:

    Also working on adding some automation to adding flocking to a holder on the site.

    Toots-

    Rick
     
  4. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey all,

    Just a quick note to let everyone know I coded new payment buttons for almost all the Vape Stands on the site. Now you can choose full flocking in your choice of available colors with a simple pull down payment button. Updated drawings showing what will be flocked have been uploaded. For now, we have four flocking colors in stock, with a few more to be added soon.

    You can still "pick and choose" flocking if you want to do something special like two colors, or adding flock to the RDA holes with a "full flocking" holder. I plan on shooting a video demonstration soon where I will go to the site, pick out a holder, and add "pick and choose" flocking to it, and leave a note explaining what to flock in which color.

    Back to the shop :banana:

    Rick
     
  5. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey Vape Dudes & Dudettes-

    Wanted to stop by and say "high"...

    Mainly been lost in the shop working on the "major wood" holder - it's getting close:
    [​IMG]Each piece has it's front edge hand sanded to it's finished profile. If you look closely, you can see the paper template on the far side of the board. This is a single piece of African Padauk - 12" x 45". Made a custom radius Maple sanding block to hand sand both the convex and concave curves of all pieces.
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    These are the three steps of the holder. They have been machine sanded almost to finished size. The hole location templates were taped to the pieces after hand sanding of the front edges. I hand punch the center of each hole before the holes are created.
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    Boring the juice bottle holes on the top step. All steps are drilled, then the tool is changed to drill the tank holes.
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    Boring the tank holes on the bottom (base) of the holder. The tool drills both the main hole and the smaller hole for the tank connector at the same time. The juice bottle holes have previously been drilled.
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    Finally! What a boring job... Sorry, couldn't resist. :pervy: That's 160 holes! :shock: Took hours...

    These pieces are just sitting on one another. The bottom is sanded to exact size - the back edges of the second and top step have been left a little oversize. The bottom two steps will be glued, then the excess material from the second step will be trimmed off to exactly match the profile of the bottom piece. Then the process will be repeated for the top piece.

    Back to the shop!

    Rick
     
  6. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey Everyone-

    Well, I've been busy in the shop with the Major Wood Holder. I have a few more pics:
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    This is the clamp up of the bottom two layers - it's upside down in this shot. Took 20 clamps to properly compress the glue up.
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    Here's another view of the same clamp up. Great looking edge grain on the Wenge. Hard to tell from this shot, but the Padauk (red) is hanging over the Wenge, and will be trimmed off.
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    Here are the two pieces out of the clamps - right side up. Trimming the Padauk flush with the bottom layer of Wenge. A little sanding of the trimmed edges, and it's ready for the third and final piece.
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    The last piece glued and clamped in place. Once out of the clamps, one more trim across the back & some sanding - the fabrication and assembly are complete! Tomorrow it will get it's soak in oil finish then about three days to fully dry before start of the clear coats. Big holder.
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    Some holders, however, aren't so big at all... :D Not much bigger than a business card...

    Rick
     
  7. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey Vapers-

    Howz everyone coping? Stick with it - we're no longer fighting a ghost, we have our enemy's plans now. We finally know what we're fighting, so it can really start. Head's up proud!

    How about something more fun to look at? A giant holder in the final stages - ready for finishing:
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    I neglected to shoot any pics during the application of oil (usually pretty boring). I made a temporary 3" tall frame big enough to set the holder in, lined it with landscape plastic, and poured a can of oil finish in before setting the stand in it. "Basted" it for about an hour (@90 degrees ;) )with a turkey baster. Took about 1/2 hour just to wipe it down!
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    Oiled up and ready for Clear Coat. This is the stepped side of the holder. I use a Polyurethane product that is actually a floor finish - I don't walk on the stands though...
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    A view from the "built up" side. Several coats of clear will be applied with super fine sanding between the coats. As many as 10 coats of clear will be applied.

    Well, I'm off to the shop again, sanding and shooting! Talk again in some days-

    Toots,

    Rick
     
  8. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey All!

    Hope you had a great weekend. I have finished pics of the "giant" holder. It's ready to hit the mailways to it's new owner.


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    Didn't shoot a pic, but on the bottom it has a strip about 3" wide around the perimeter that is flocked black.

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    A closer view of the built up side - nice edge grain on the Wenge. All the holes removed several pounds from it. It ended up weighing about 22-1/2 pounds as seen here (empty).

    My customer doesn't know it, but when they open their box, there is a small surprise in there for them:


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    CAD drawing makes this easy. I just took the original drawing and asked the program to scale the holder to an overall length of 6". The actual thickness of each piece would only be 1/16" to match the scale, but was made with 1/4" strips for practicality. Took less than 1/2 hour to make it. An old, reject business card used -

    That's it for this project - well, I made another scaled copy of the holder drawing, this one will be 15" long and hold a variety of items. I just cut the raw parts for it just now. Same woods and thickness as the big holder.

    Rick
     
  9. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey everyone-

    Back in the shop again - soon I'll have the 15" version of the "giant" holder to show. It holds a variety of items, same woods, just @ 1/3 scale!

    Talk soon-

    Rick
     
  10. bacc.vap

    bacc.vap Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 18, 2011
    Virtualville
    Nice work!:thumb:
     
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  11. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey-

    Well, the 15" holder is nearly done - flocking to do. Some rework has reared it's ugly head...

    But, I'm starting on a new adventure - I'll give you a hint

    Just bought a DNA75 chipset, now I'm looking at button pushers, figured wood & burl, damascus plate...

    Not sure where this will lead, have to give it a try after the designs are done-

    Rick
     
  12. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Well, been busy designing at my 3D Workstation-

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    Stainless Steel Faceplate & Buttons shown.
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    View of the PV "chopped" in half, exposing the inner structures.

    Modeled in a single block of Oak for the moment. All USA parts, US designed and manufactured.

    I have partnered with a good friend of mine who was an electronics tech in the Coast Guard. His specialty was circuit board and micro-electronics soldering - perfect for this purpose.

    The parts used include the Evolv DNA75 chipset with temp control & much more, a Fat Daddy's 510 Woody connector and a Keystone battery sled.

    Part of the design includes a handful of 3D Printed parts including the chipset mount/button pusher; the battery sled holder & the Faceplate.

    So far, I've created three different Faceplates. A flat, featureless basic Face; a flat version "Ohm" Faceplate (shown above), and a Faceplate with a contoured surface that provides a buildup around the buttons to prevent accidental firing:
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    The Faceplates (and buttons) will be available in Plastic, Stainless Steel & Brass (shown above).



    This MOD is the first design - a single 18650 DNA75 made as reasonably small as possible:
    1-1/4"w x 1-5/8"d x 4-3/8"h. The battery access door is on the edge opposite the Faceplate, slides open and closed, and uses magnets to hold the closed position.

    I have an animation of the complete PV coming apart & it shows the door sliding out. For whatever reason, I can't post it - I get an oversized graphic saying something about a capcha, but can't seem to get past it. It's on Flickr here.

    An raytraced frame from the animation:
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    The doors are cut from the block early in the production process, so they will match the grain when in place. Three different versions of the bodies will be produced - single species solid block; multi-layered, multi species laminated blocks (like our vape stands); and stabilized wood/resin blocks similar to:
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    This is from one of my favorite sellers on FleaBay.

    As said, this single 18650 version is the first design. A very similar dual 18650 version with the sliding door on the side is currently on the drawing board. A third, Side by Side style is also in my head and waiting to be designed after the dual battery MOD is designed next.

    Also considering looking into 26650 possibilities too. Well, whatever I can finalize designs on and have available for order by August 8th...

    I still have to order some 3D printed parts to test out sizing and looks before we can build the initial test units. Need to test machining methods and work out proper order of operations, etc...

    They will actually be two DNA40's from dis-assembled new PV's (bought for this) and one with a new DNA75 chipset. Probably one in single species with a plastic faceplate, multi lamination version, and I have a pretty cool purple, blue, slate and orange piece of stabilized maple burl I will probably utilize for one of them.

    Sorry, but the three test units already have been assigned for local evaluation.

    Pricing has not been determined yet, but should start out under $200, possibly less - for a DNA75 MOD that is 100% US made, parts and labor ;)

    I've even been playing around modeling some custom fire buttons, too...
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    More updates as they happen-

    Rick
     
  13. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Check out our Box MOD thread - the second design is almost complete!
     
  14. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Just got the third Box MOD designed! Check out the Box MOD thread!

    Rick
     
  15. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    It took some doing, but we finally have the Box MOD section inserted into the Absolute website - we have pull down menus to choose practically every option we have - there are some kinks to work out I'm sure - but it's fully operational! And, before 8.8


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    US Made Box MODs

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    Hand made in US box mods with many options
    ABSOLUTE-WOOD.COM

    Whew! Finally!

    Rick ;)
     
  16. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey Dudes & Dudettes-

    It's been quite a while since I've updated this thread. We have several custom Vape Stands in production right now. Good time to have a look in the shop.

    Thought I'd share a time lapse video of about 10 minutes worth of milling out the cubby for a battery charger on a vape stand that has a drawer in it. About 22 seconds long.

    You can see the opening for the drawer on the right of the stand in the video (the front of the stand). The cubby outline was first milled at one inch depth with a small diameter bit. Here, a larger bit is removing the bulk of the material to empty out the space.

    You might notice bright flashes in some of the frames - it's vapor; I was vaping while cranking the hand wheels!

    This is the larger of a matched pair of stands. The second stand sits in front of and hides the drawer. It is a two stepped stand and connects to the larger with magnets.

    I'll post some pics as the custom orders come together a little more.

    Cheers,

    Rick
     
  17. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey everyone-

    I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving (and a great holiday season) -

    I continue to machine on the Mod III blank shown just above. A little break is coming...

    We're going up to NorCal for the week - we have a new Granddaughter, can't wait to see her!

    Have a great one all!

    Rick
     
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  18. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Can't find a Cyber Monday thread - the seasonal sales threads are closed?

    Anyway, it's alive and well at Absolute-Wood!

    25% instant rebate (nearly instant) on any item in stock at Absolute-Wood.com
    20% discount on any custom vape order - contact me to get started
    10% instant rebate (again, nearly) on gift certificates

    Rebates are given via a PayPal instant refund. I should be able to process the rebates within an hour or two, but may take up to 24 hours (I don't think so, but better safe than sorry).

    Offers end at midnight tonight - East Coast Time. Discounts on item price, including added flocking. No discount on shipping charges. Offers cannot be combined.

    Thanks to everyone for your support - Happy Holidays!

    Rick
     
  19. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
    Hey everyone -

    I just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday & New Year -

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Chell & I to all of our vape family!
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    Hope everyone has a great year end - and I'll see you right after the first of the year!

    Rick
     
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  20. renderwerks

    renderwerks Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jun 20, 2009
    SoCal - The IE
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