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Series Squonk Mod, Project#1 - Semi Mechanical.

Discussion in 'Modding and Technical' started by rupert, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. rupert

    rupert Crazy Chemist

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    Lighting is a bit crap, but progress on the box:

    Cut joints using a mitre saw, and they turned out much better. The form has come together, and next steps are to do cutouts for the 510, button and voltmeter screen, as well as door magnets.
    A fine sand should finish it off.

    I have revised the internal layout once again, to accommodate the placement of the fire button on the side as having it on the top will make the mod awkward to hold.

    In leaving myself some play room in terms of dimensions, the box has actually turned out a lot bigger than I had anticipated.
    Not a problem, and I am going to power forward on this, but I am going to make a template and router out the next one to a more slimline design :D

    I am thinking of naming it the "Ent", as it is a big piece of tree...... Thoughts? :D

    Ill resize pics later.
    Internet connection isn't letting me resize them right now......So here is a biggun for you:

    [​IMG]
     
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  2. rupert

    rupert Crazy Chemist

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    Not much tonight.
    Drew up guide lines for my cutouts - 510 on top, fire button on side, and screen on back face.
     
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  3. rupert

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    Got the magnets fitted, and holes cut out for the bottle-hole, screen, 510 and fire button:

    [​IMG]

    Also, fitted everything, so this should be a small indication as to the final product:

    [​IMG]



    Its actually a lot more comfortable to hold than I thought it would be.
    Needs a final fine-grain sanding, and then a lacquer before fitting the internals. Then to start on the soldering I can do outside of the box :D
     
  4. laurie9300

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    Now we're getting somewhere!

    laurie9300 x 1
     
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  5. rupert

    rupert Crazy Chemist

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    :)
     
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  6. rupert

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    First coat of lacquer, mmmmmmmm.
    A few light sands and another couple of coats should do the trick.

    [​IMG]



    Also-
    Started soldering up what I can do outside of the box today. Got the batt sled done, and part of the FET resistors so far.
    Prob do a bit more soldering later tonight if time permits.
     
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  7. laurie9300

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    Oh yeah baby! Way to make the grain pop!
     
  8. rupert

    rupert Crazy Chemist

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    Thanks Laurie :) Im extremely happy with the finish is has given.
    The wood is exceptional.
     
  9. Bowser

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    OK, big night last night and, as the saying goes in my neck of the woods, the best cure for a hangover is another beer, so...

    My first thought when seeing that pic was you're a magician... "its floating, what sorcery is this???" Then I saw the jug in the shadows and was a bit disappointed :(

    Certainly looking good and has all but convinced me that my current build will be followed up with a timber finish one.
     
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  10. rupert

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    Haha, the beaker was the only thing I could get to fit properly to allow the outer surface lacquer to dry :)

    Thanks mate, the timber is great - painful to get to this stage, but great.
    5mm timbers don't like to be put together with mitre joints. Next time I do this, it is likely I'll be taking a router and template to a single block. It won't look the same, and will mean i won't get the sandwich look of different wood textures, but will be much easier to get the box happening.

    Also, this morning, upon starting to look at fitting the internals, I am having second thoughts about why I went MOSFET an not just a straight sx350 chip. There is actually more wiring involved in what I am proposing compared to a chipset.

    But, I am going to get a series squonker with a voltmeter out of this, and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!!!
     
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  11. rupert

    rupert Crazy Chemist

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    @laurie9300 or anyone else who can help.
    Im essentially working from this wiring setup:
    http://www.modmaker.co.uk/Series-Battery-P-Channel-Mosfet-Wiring-Diagram

    I am wondering how essential the L/R switch is leading from the FET to the fire button?
    Nothing I read gives this function in "on" state use. How naughty will it be to leave it off, and just wire directly from the gate to the button?

    EDIT - just to add, there is already a 15K resistor bridging the source and gate, so I can't see the switch having any resistance functions either.
     
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  12. laurie9300

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    Looks like an "off" switch. It will stop the for button from firing...
     
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  13. rupert

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    Thanks mate.
    That what I thought, as I couldn't see it playing any other function in terms of the FET itself.

    Better to ask now, rather than bit the bullet and have to ask later :D
     
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    OK, all negative side of the circuits wired up. Battery sled, 510 and voltmeter all permanently affixed to the box.

    Mosfet completely wired up, but not yet installed in box.
    Now comes the difficulty of soldering inside of the box. Yay.

    Realised the magnets I have aren't suitable for the door (the ones in the box body are good), so, I have ordered some 5mm dia x 1mm neodymium disks which should be delivered later this week.
     
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    Having received the 5mm x 1mm magnets, they have now been installed into the door of the box.
    Magnets complete.
     
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    Its alive.... ALIIIIIIIIVE :D

    EDIT - I shall post photos and perhaps a video later tonight.
     
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  17. rupert

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    Here it is, the finished product :)

    The internals done:
    [​IMG]

    Bottle fitted:

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    Sconce bottle side in natural light:

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    Handcheck, screen and button:

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    Artificial light:

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    In action:

    [​IMG]

    And..... Vapppooooouuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Running dual claptons at 8 wraps, 2.5diam, and 26/32G - 0.5ohm. Equates to roughly 80-85watts actually delivered at the 510.

    [​IMG]




    So, it turns out I can build mods. Wooden ones. Series ones. Squonking ones. :thanks::thanks::thanks:

    Very happy camper right now. It hasn't left my hand for the entire afternoon :h:

    Any recommendations for names, I am happy to take suggestions on board.

    Thanks to everyone (particularly @laurie9300 @DogMan and @btobw as well as @Bowser ) who followed this thread, gave me ideas, sourced parts, and assisted me with info to get this bad boy completed.
    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:
     
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  18. laurie9300

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    Noice!

    There's nothing better than vaping on your own mod. And that build is all class, love it!

    RooMod? RooSquonk? Squokeroo?
     
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  20. rupert

    rupert Crazy Chemist

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    The Squonkeroo!!!!! Love it :D

    Haha, shucks.
    You two are too kind.

    I have every intention of doing more now.
    Next will likely be a Yihi SX350J chip, in a routed single piece of wood.
    Another mirroring this one.
     
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