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Hello, I am Walter and I am addicted to making things!

Walter Anderson

Middle aged male with a life-long interest in making things. My personal interests include; amateur radio, electronics, entropy, history, mathematics, metal working, painting, photography, programming, science, science fiction, and wood working.

I worked as a Transportation planner with an emphasis on modelling and analysis. I have had a couple of members ask me what that is, so I dredged up this photo I created a while back for a proposal cover that I think sums up my industry...

The Transportation Planning Industry


Joined in March 2015
Statement of intent to run for election to the DMS board of directors

This is the content of the private message I sent for which I received a permanent ban/block

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and this is the threat I responded to, for which the board choose to hand down a 'warning'


Classes I Teach (or have taught)

Thingiverse 3D models

Ongoing Projects


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  • A RPM meter for the Colchester Bantum Lathe


  • An 80-20M two tube CW transmitter

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  • A 320V DC, 105VDC (regulated), (150VDC regulated) power supply for vacuum tube experiments
  • Coil winding machine
  • Pen plotter
  • Raspberry PI/Baofeng F8+ Packet radio station
  • Microcontroller based morse code training device


  • Walking beam electric motor

Completed Projects

  • Larger Inkle Loom for personal use

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  • Slightly modified Inkle Loom For Emma

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  • Prototype Inkle Looms for Creative Arts

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Talk Forum Thread which spawned this project

  • A larger (3-4" longer) dulcimer stick tuned to DAd'


  • Instrument Maker clamps

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  • Dulcimer Music Stick (aka Strumstick, pickin stick)

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  • Cigar Box guitar


  • Forest Mims Stepped Tone Generator (Atari Punk Console


  • Modify 5C Spin Indexer to allow direct indexing for gear cutting (Completed 13 June 2015)

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  • 3/4" Turner's cube


  • Jump Ring Maker

Somewhere around my tool collection I own a manually turned jump ring maker that I was planning to donate to the new jewelry interest group; however, I could not find it. While looking for it, my old dividing head that I built for my Taig Lathe (no longer own) popped up. I have kept meaning to take the worm and worm gear off of this and just toss the rest, but as I started to do that I realized this would make a fantastic jump ring maker. The dividing head had a 30:1 gear ratio, so if you drive it with a cordless drill, you get a nice slow constant rotation. You can control the feeding of the wire with one hand while pressing the drill trigger with the other. It has plenty of torque so it should be able to handle reasonable sized wire, and it is slow enough that even small wires should be easy to control. The only modifications were to remove the brake bolt, the dividing plate, the index arms and to create a new worm spindle that could be driven with a cordless drill. All that took about 20 minutes (my favorite kind of project).
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  • Dividing Head for the Taig lathe - This was one of the very first (and first complicated) machining projects I ever did. I used it to cut gears for a small machine I was building on a taig lathe

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  • Protective cover for lathe ways when changing chucks



  • A floral watercolor

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  • Plein Aire winter scene in Plano (oil)

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  • Plein Aire watercolor, Fajada Butte, NM


  • Plein Aire in oil. El Capitan, TX


  • Starry Night Reproduction in Acrylic



  • Self portrait

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  • Photo concept, How (young) men view relationships


  • Model shoot that captured the spirit of Dagney Taggart

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  • Commentary of our political process

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  • Radioactive materials

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  • The Texas Solution

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