Maker Meeting December 29, 2020

Check out the December 29, 2020 Workshop 88 Maker Meeting here:


  • Andrew shared his new used Tesla coil leading to a conversation with our resident Tesla coil expert and Phil Strons and a discussion of how to determine the vacuum tubes used.

Cocktail recipes for New Years Eve

  • Andrew
    • Here’s what I think we used to do for our homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream
      • 1 bottle (750 mL) Irish whiskey (Jameson or equivalent)
      • 2 cups light cream
      • 2 cans (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
      • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
      • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 2 teaspoons almond extract (to be honest, I think we often skipped this)
      • Blend this all together and keep in a container in the fridge and consume before the cream goes bad.  Obviously, this can all be scaled down.
    • Nitro cold brew coffee
  • Scott
    • French 75 (Cognac) From Brian Van Flanders Vintage Cocktails via Ina Garden. Recipe for 4 drinks:
      • 1/2 cup (4 oz) VS or VSOP Cognac
      • 1/2 cup (4 oz) simple syrup
      • 1/3 cup (3 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
      • 2 cups ice cubes
      • 1 (750ml) bottle of Champagne (Prosecco is a suitable replacement)
      • 4 long strips of lemon zest.
      • Pour the Cognac, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and add the ice. Shake for at least 30 sedonds. Pour into 4 Champagne flutes 2/3 full. Fill the glasses with Champagne, garnish with the lemon zest.
    • Black Manhattan
      • 2 oz Whiskey or Rye
      • 1 oz Amaro
      • Orange bitters
      • Orange peel garnish
    • Glen Prarie Sazarak
      • A New Orleans classic made with George Dickel Rye Whiskey, Simple Syrup, Bitters, and served in an Absinthe washed glass
  • Phil
    • Boulevardier
      • 1 1/2 oz. of Bourbon or Whiskey
      • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
      • 1 oz of Compari
      • Shake for 20 seconds
      • Garnish with twisted orange peel
    • Old Fashioned see recipe in photo below
    • Ted’s Montana Grill – Newly Fashioned
      • 1 Orange Wheel
      • 1 Bing Black Cherry
      • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
      • 1/2 oz. Monin Organic Agave Nectar
      • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
      • Directions: In a highball glass gently muddle the orange wheel, Bing Black Cherry and bitters with Monin Agave Nectar
      • Add bourbon and cubed ice
      • Stir gently with bar spoon
      • Strain over Ice Sphere into a highball glass
      • Garnish with a Bing Black Cherry and orange slice
    • Godfather
      • 2 part Scotch
      • 1 part Amaretto
    • Zombie
      • See recipe in photo below in Mr. Boston
      • New Orleans,Chinese restaurants make a good Zombie
      • Garnish of mint leaf adds to the drink

Best & Worst Projects of 2020

  • Phil
    • Best and worst – floor resonant solid state Tesla coil.
    • Great progress, 2020 distracted from completion
  • Andrew
    • 3D prtinted crayon holder (measure yourself and don’t trust the internet)
    • Good project was a 3D printed wrecking ball for Andrew’s son’s toy.
    • Workshop 88 STEM speed of sound lab: 3D printed ultrasonic bases project is incomplete but it led to a critical 3D printer repair.
  • Jim
    • Best project: LED heart
  • Scott
    • Bad idea #1: Bringing 3D printed nose flutes to Workshop 88 as the pandemic was starting (this, this, this, and more)
    • Bad idea #2: Making an arcade controller for everyone to touch as the pandemic was starting
    • Largest 3D print: Venus de Milo (learned a lot of what not to do in assembling and finishing)
    • Made some good use of shelter in place time
    • Learned QT, scripting, ESP, Arduino Uno, many other libraries
    • Started the anemometer project
    • Worked on a novel method to make solder paste stencils at home
    • Got more into drones
    • and more…

General discussion

  • Scott comment “I keep all my 3D printed files in a folder…” led to the topic of organization which blossomed to file systems, projects, documentation, tasks, and tools to facilitate workflows.
  • Organization” will be the main topic of the next meeting.

We have great things planned for the first meeting in 2021:

  • Tom will share the design, machining, and construction of his spring loaded engraver
  • We expect a large discussion of organization including how we organize:
    • Projects
    • Documentation
    • Media
    • File systems
    • Time management and task tracking
    • Tools that enable these workflows

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