Introducing the Shapeoko 2

from hackaday.com



For all the 3D printers that hit the Hackaday tip line, it’s surprising we don’t see more CNC routers. They’re arguably more useful tools, and with the ability to mill wood, plastic, and non-ferrous metals, open up the door to a whole bunch more potential builds. One of the most popular – and certainly one of the least expensive – CNC routers out there, the Shapeoko, just received a huge update that makes this minimal machine even more capable.

The new Shapeoko 2 keeps the same V wheel on an aluminium extrusion design withMakerslide, but fixes a few problems that limited the original Shapeoko. There’s a larger work area on this version, and the Y axes feature dual stepper motors. The biggest feature, we think, is the ability to handle materials larger than the machine itself thanks to its open front and back.

The Shapeoko 2 is available in two versions, a $300 mechanical kit that requires you to go out and get some motors, a power supply, and a grblShield, the full version, for $650, includes everything you’ll need to start routing wood metal and plastic at home.


Dewalt 12V Radar Scanner

This repost from ToolGuyd.com

Dewalt DCT418 Radar Wall Scanner

Update: The 12V radar scanner is finally available, but according to the 6 reviews already up on Amazon, which all rate it poorly, there might be something wrong with the scanner’s design, construction, or performance quality.

We were disinvited from the media event where the scanner was introduced and have not received a test unit, and so we cannot validate or refute the negative early reviews we’ve read.

Dewalt has come out with a new addition to their 12V Max cordless platform – a hand-held radar scanner. Other recent test and measurement additions to Dewalt’s 12V lineup include a sub-$1000 thermal imaging camera and new smaller diameter cables for their inspection camera.

The new radar scanner, model DCT418, utilizes radar sensing technology to detect AND identify wood, ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, live electric wires, and PVC. Its power is not limitless, but it can sense and identify these materials behind drywall, plywood, concrete, marble, and ceramic tile up to 3-inches thick.

Although designed as a wall scanner, the DCT418 can probably be used on floors and ceilings as well as long as users keep in mind the 3-inch maximum sensing depth.

The scanner has a pre-scan mapping mode that reduces setup time by eliminating the need for calibration and manual setting changes.

Dewalt DCT418 Radar Wall Scanner Detecting AC Wires

It also features a tracking bar that counts the number of objects detected in a 9.8-foot section, and a confidence meter that corresponds to signal strength.

MSRP is $299 for the bare tool (DCT418), and the kit (DCT418S1) will be priced a little higher (possibly $399, maybe less).

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This post was originally published on Jan 30th, 2013, and republished on Oct 18th, 2013, with minor updates.


Craftsman Electric Workshop Heater

This is a neat reasonably price heater from Sears. I think this is a good product to try out.


This new Craftsman ceramic electric heater looks to be aimed at DIYers and anyone else who avoid working in their unheated garages once cooler winter weather comes around. It features 750 and 1500 watt heating levels, a fan-only mode, and robust all-metal body construction.


  • 5120 BTUs
  • 4-position switch
  • 8″ length, width, height
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Safety overheat protection
  • Safety tip-over switch
  • Pivoting base
  • 6ft power cord
  • Power and caution indicators

Price: $50, ~$40 when on sale.
Purchase at Sears Here


Craftsman 13-Inch Reinforced Tool Bag

The Craftsmen 13-inch Reinforced Tool Bag was review on CoolTools[dot]com today. I own this product and have for maybe a couple years now. I actually got this free as a give away at Sears on Black Friday. Even though this bag is relatively inexpensive I would not label it as cheap. I used it as a storage bag for a lot of my ham radio gear and it has held up very well. The zipper is sturdy and pulls very well. I have no reservations against the canvas and construction, I firmly believe I could load it up and not have any issues. For 13 bucks USD you really can’t beat it.

To read a full review at CoolTools follow the link here.