My stuff

Experiments, projects and other paraphernalia

UPS Monitoring

UPS Monitoring

October 2017

A quick setup using apcupsd, InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana to monitor the line voltage seen by the UPS powering my home server.

Steam Engine

Steam Engine

July 2017

Build over 4 years of a 1/3rd scale, coal fired, live steam model of a Burrell Single Crank Compound traction engine.

Run-DMD Clock

Run-DMD Clock

June 2017

A custom designed frame and build utilising the Run-DMD edge board.

Hook pinball

Hook pinball

February 2017

Restoration of a 1992 Data East 'Hook' pinball machine. This comprises of a full strip down and rebuild of all mechanical assemblies cleaning and replacing parts as required to make it play as new again.

Flame Eater Engine

Flame Eater Engine

May 2015

The second miniature engine machining project completed on my new machines; a 'flame eater' engine.

Home network

Home network

August 2014

Setup of an HP Microserver Gen 8 running VMWare ESXi to run systems such as IPCop, Unraid, Windows & Ubuntu server for my home network.

Elmer's Wobbler (#25)

Elmer's Wobbler (#25)

December 2013

Having just finished the installation of a new lathe and milling machine in the workshop, I needed a quick project to test them out. This is that.

Plasma Speaker

Plasma Speaker

November 2013

A breadboard experiment using a flyback transformer from an old TV to make a simple plasma speaker.

Tesla Coil

Tesla Coil

October 2013

I built this OneTesla kit to further my knowledge of Tesla coils, plus it makes a good showpiece for the 'shop! When tuned properly it runs very well.

Workshop

Workshop

June 2011

Building a new workshop from the ground up over 2 years from 2011 to 2013. Set up of a small machine shop, as well as a place to maintain cars and other vehicles.

Indiana Jones Pinball

Indiana Jones Pinball

February 2011

Complete tear down and full rebuild of a 1993 Williams 'Indiana Jones' pinball machine.

Weather station

Weather station

August 2009

A custom build weather station system created using 1-Wire sensors, monitoring temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed/direction and rainfall.

Whitewater Pinball

Whitewater Pinball

August 2008

Another full teardown and complete rebuild of a 1993 Williams 'Whitewater' pinball machine.

Jurassic Park Pinball

Jurassic Park Pinball

January 2008

Full strip down and complete rebuild of a 1993 Data East 'Jurassic Park' pinball machine.

Twilight Zone Pinball

Twilight Zone Pinball

August 2007

Rebuild and recondition of one of the most complex pinball machines around; Twilight Zone (also one of my all time favourites!).

MAME Cabinet

MAME Cabinet

November 2006

A project to build a full size arcade cabinet housing for a MAME setup. Custom designed in CAD and built from scratch with proper arcade controls.

G.A.R.E.V.

G.A.R.E.V.

May 2006

The Global Access Remote Exploration Vehicle completed as part of my Bachelors degree at the University of Plymouth.