Author Topic: [Project 28] Black Limba and cherry custom home automation side table  (Read 1547 times)

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Offline mattbyington

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Hey team!

Hope everyone is doing well!

This one is a little more complex. It will pair my hobby of electronics with woodworking. The plan is to build a side table to go next to the couch, that looks nice. Wife helped with the design (read: she designed it.) but, with a twist.

I created a custom automation control panel that will rise out of the table 14” via a linear actuator.

When retracted, you won’t even know it’s there. But when extended, it gives control of the house including thermostats and things like “movie mode” which turns the lights off around the TV to reduce glare.

It’s mostly a gimmick - it will work perfectly but all of these things could be done easier. This was just for fun as a project.

So, here we go - I have been working on it for 2-3 weeks already.

Matt

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Offline mattbyington

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Offline mattbyington

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Offline mattbyington

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Offline vkumar

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Matt cool project. I will be following it.
Vijay Kumar

Offline RKA

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Haha, cool!  This looks fun! 
-Raj

Offline mattbyington

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All done!







Matt

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Offline rmhinden

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Looks very nice.  How does the cat like it next to it's cat tree?  :-)

Bob

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Outstanding work Matt!


Offline mattbyington

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@rmhinden thanks Bob! They are both VERY interested when it goes up and down haha.

@waho6o9 thank you!!

Matt

Online VirTERM

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Interesting project and a very nice execution. Just curious, what are you using to communicate with HVAC and lights? Wires? or some wireless protocol(s).

Offline mattbyington

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Hey @VirTERM! Thanks!

It's mostly all custom software written by me. I am a software engineer by trade so that part was relatively easy for me. The harder parts are woodworking (new to me about 2 years ago but I am loving it) and small electronics - I'm not new to the electronics, I'm just terrible at it :)

There are 2 arduino microchips embedded inside the table. The first is plugged in to power at all times and is not connected wirelessly to anything.

It is "listening" for the key switch. Once the key is switched, it powers on the second Arduino and also powers the 12v linear actuator to extend up.

Once the second arduino boots up, it connects to my home wifi network and makes RESTful HTTPs API calls to my home automation main-frame in the house that controls things like lights and HVAC.

Matt

Online VirTERM

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Hey @VirTERM! Thanks!

It's mostly all custom software written by me. I am a software engineer by trade so that part was relatively easy for me. The harder parts are woodworking (new to me about 2 years ago but I am loving it) and small electronics - I'm not new to the electronics, I'm just terrible at it :)

There are 2 arduino microchips embedded inside the table. The first is plugged in to power at all times and is not connected wirelessly to anything.

It is "listening" for the key switch. Once the key is switched, it powers on the second Arduino and also powers the 12v linear actuator to extend up.

Once the second arduino boots up, it connects to my home wifi network and makes RESTful HTTPs API calls to my home automation main-frame in the house that controls things like lights and HVAC.

Matt
Sounds familiar ;) I am also in high tech (software/hardware) and relatively new to woodworking (2 years). So far, I created LoraWan based sensor monitoring PM2.5/Pm10/ temp/ humidity and some other stuff for my workshop, and I am always open to creative ideas..

Offline jdm5

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Why doesn’t the grain pattern match on the mobile part vs the rest of the top?  Or am I missing something?
Drank the green Kool-Aid...gave up counting long ago.

Offline Tinker

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If the pattern matched the rest of the top, he might forget where to put the key.
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline RKA

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Why doesn’t the grain pattern match on the mobile part vs the rest of the top?  Or am I missing something?

Matt, this is a good time to blame the cat.   [big grin]
-Raj

Offline mattbyington

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@jdm5 you're absolutely right, I botched that up :)

I was planning on using the piece that I cut out from the top panel, but made a stupid mistake forgetting about the router bit. The router but I used to cut that out was a 1/2" shank and 1/2" diameter 2-flute straight bit, which - surprise surprise - took off 1/2" from each side when I was cutting it out. So of course it was too small to use.

And I only had 1 or 2 boards left of Black Limba from this project so it was what it was.

Don't worry though! I have a coaster holder coming, Made out of cherry, that incorporates a small succulent that my wife will buy, that will mostly cover that plate - and most importantly cover the key.

So you'll turn the succulent 90 degrees and it'll open (I'm going to epoxy the key into the bottom of the succulent).

Here's a sneak preview ... coming soon!

Matt

Oh yeah ..and I got a CNC machine last week. A tiny one. It only does 8" square by 3" tall pieces...but fun for this kind of thing..trying to learn it!


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Hey Matt, you and the other Matt - @DynaGlide - are inspiring a whole bunch of FOG readers with your work and projects.

Now I'm just waiting to see if Cheese finds himself challenged to show another one of his ingenious solutions to a self-selected challenge.

Keep it up!

Hans

Offline mattbyington

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Thank you Hans!

Matt