@Steve: I love the video -- it makes everything so clear. I also love the simple jigs you create. I'm very much looking forward to the next blog whch will look at the various jigs and the assembly process in more detail.
@Max: I love the video -- it makes everything so clear. I also love the simple jigs you create. I'm very much looking forward to the next blog whch will look at the various jigs and the assembly process in more detail.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking forward to the posting as well, I think the construction of the cube should become clearer.
@Max: 1) Are the twists visible and do they detract from the overall feel in the final cube?
Yes a darker grey spiral can be seen but only close up and is more visible if you look down the length of the wire. Looking at a panel from a couple of feet away I cant see the spirals so no it doesn't detract from the overall feel.
2) You start with 20WG wire -- what's the SWG value after you've stretched and twisted it?
SWG means Standard Wire Gauge which defines the wires diameter. I believe the American and UK standards are slightly different. The larger the SWG number is the smaller the wire diameter and after twisting the 20SWG wire I would guess it's nearer 21SWG.
@Steve: SWG means Standard Wire Gauge which defines the wire's diameter.
As you know, I'm from the UK, so I didn't even think about your reference to SWG in your blog -- but in the past I have run into the fact that no one here in the USA seems to know what it means. Over here, the little scamps use AWG (American Wire Gauge) -- it's so cute when they try to re-invent something and stick the word "American" in front of it as though to imply that their wire gauge is better than anyone elses LOL
@Steve - you must be living under a rock if you have never heard of AWG, and really isn't anything implied by calling it so, other than it is the standard the US. LOL- leave it to the pompus Brits to think yours the "Standard Wire Gauge"!
Leave it to the Americans to have a sporting event called "The World Series" to which they are pretty much the only contestants. "Oooh, an American baseball team won the World Series ... again
I was about to point out that the series was named for the sponsor the New York World newsapaper, a story I have heard quiet a few times and in turn have propogated it myself. Turns out that story is an urban myth and you are right.
@Max . you wrote ""Over here, the little scamps use AWG (American Wire Gauge) -- it's so cute when they try to re-invent something and stick the word "American" in front of it as though to imply that their wire gauge is better than anyone elses LOL"
I don't us "little scamps" had any intention of implying that sticking "American" in the front of "Wire Gauge"made our wire gauge "better than anyone elses", but thanks for the compliment. You bloody Brits never seem to miss the chance to stick "Royal" in front of something, with the apparent thought that makes that something more regal - LOL
Maybe it the future you keeping your silly comments of various cultures and failed rebuttles on points of them (both AWG and the World Series) out of what should be a discussion of electronics (and which I admit typically find pretty entertaining).
AWG came before SWG. Originally there was the Birmingham Wire Gauge which was kind of arbitrary. An American company called Brown and Sharpe created a wire gauge with a real exponential decay and a base of 0.89 in 1855. It was called the Brown and Sharpe wire gauge. The British then had to 'save the gauge as an example of British Quality' which led to something called the 'Battle of the Gauges' which ended when in 1883, Queen Victoria signed an Order in Council creating the British or Board of Trade Standard Wire Gauge, after which the Brown and Sharpe Wire Gauge started to be called the American Wire Gauge.
Reminds me a bit of machine bolts on the old MG I once had. In my education process, I learned about SAE, metric and Whitworth. Then there were metric bolts with Whitworth heads or something like that.
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