New Things

Painting is hard. A recent article I read determined that it took roughly 10,000 hours to become good at something. If you do the math, that’s 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year (vacations are good) for five years. So, a full-time jobs worth of work for five years Read more…

‘Twas The Week Before Christmas

This was written after a long day of dealing (unsuccessfully) with the incredible weather we’ve had around here.  Worst storm in 40 years, according to the weather wonks. ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas Twas the week before Christmas, in old Portland Town, And the cars and the busses were sliding Read more…

Make: Pumpkins!

Here are the results of my first pumpkin efforts of the year. I have a plan for another one, but that’ll have to wait for next weekend. Some links for ideas for pumpkin carving: http://www.pumpkingutter.com/ http://www.extremepumpkins.com/ http://www.villafanestudios.com/pumpkins.htm Last years pumpkin: The Cannibal Pumpkin!

Make: Bookmarks

This one is certainly not my own. I ran across a post on Instructables about making your own bookmarks from scrap wood. Lacking the appropriate scrap wood, I picked up some 2×2 lengths of hard wood, oak and alder perhaps? Probably $7 in wood. Then I cut my own blanks, Read more…

Make: Jake’s Chair

This is an even older one, but still one of my favorites. Clear back in 1998, I wanted to build something and the something I came up with was a plan for an Adirondack chair. At the time, I didn’t have many woodworking tools, so it had to have pretty Read more…

Make: Sun Jars

This is an older one, but I liked the results and I think it was a pretty keen project. Inspiration for this was an article on Instructables about Sun Jars. At the time I saw the article, I was looking for a Christmas gift project and this seemed like a Read more…

Make: Making Movies!

My goal for this evening was to try and turn a video captured from a camera in to something to be shared via the Internets. The source material was a dance competition. The material was about 2:30 in length. No real editing since it was basically from start to finish. Read more…

Make: Calendars!

This isn’t a long one. I was struggling with an interesting idea for Valentines Day. Something more than chocolates and flowers and a card. Something creative, something at least a bit different. After some brainstorming, I decided a customized calendar was in order. It turns out the Costco Photo Center Read more…