Shapes Box Feb11

Shapes Box

Consisting of three layers, each with differently shaped holes, this box is a fun and simple puzzle for young children.  It’s a straightforward design that was easy to prepare for the CNC.  Since I used a small bit, I was able to use the cut-out shapes as the puzzle pieces instead of...

X-Carve CNC

This past Black Friday I jumped on a great offer from Inventables and picked up a new CNC setup.  Inventables is a company out of Chicago which offers just about everything to get started in manufacturing.  Aside from their great CNC machines, they offer slick design software, materials, and...

Cozy Coupe Retrofit

Hot Dog! http://www.brentmorelabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/hot_dog.m4v   Concept The Little Tike Cozy Coupe, a children’s classic made of soft hollow plastic (LPDE), is a blank canvas for tinkering and customization.  While the car comes with some entertainment options, such...

Holiday Boards Dec21

Holiday Boards

This season’s holiday boards are a pair of cherry, maple and walnut mixes.  The longer board is about 1.25″ thick and the more square of the two stands at 1.5″ thick.  I didn’t try any new techniques with these – I just did what’s worked for me in the past:...

Star Topper

This tree topper shows that the holiday season is always a good opportunity to practice one’s making skills.  Usually I’m focused on woodworking because cutting boards are always in style, but this season presents a new opportunity for learning.  Combining a number of skills and...

Farkle Arena

I recently discovered Farkle, a dice game that’s part luck, part skill in probabilities.  I didn’t have a proper training environment for my new interest, so I thought I’d build a box to make it all happen.  The bottom is hardboard laminated to MDF and topped with black...

Desk Mounting Bracke...

No matter how hard I try to keep it organized, the top of my desk is a constant clutter of ongoing projects.  I’ve accepted this and to make more room for more strewn about parts, wires and tools, I started thinking about what I could put on the other side of the table top, the...

World Maker Faire 2016 Oct30

World Maker Faire 20...

Earlier this month my buddies and I took center stage at the World Maker Faire to talk about a number of maker initiatives that we worked on over the past year when we were all together on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy.  Although I’ve moved on to another job, I didn’t...

A Monday Addendum Oct17

A Monday Addendum

It took only a night to realize that I missed a key component of the Weekend Bed for a stress-free night.  While it occurred to me that my little engineer would move around in his sleep, I didn’t think that it would be as much as actually occurred.  Waking up to find him asleep in the...

Weekend Bed Oct16

Weekend Bed

What’s a weekend bed?  Well it’s a bed that’s built over a weekend of course!  To be a little more specific, the bed was actually rebuilt from an existing frame.  When I upgraded the guest bed a few months back, I held on the the wooden frame because, well, I can’t let...

Baltic Rides Sep08

Baltic Rides

One of the many great reasons to visit Europe is to see all manner of exotic cars, some of which aren’t available in the U.S., like the Land Rover Defender and Audi RS6 Avant.  I didn’t have any luck in seeing the RS6, but I did get a few spy shots of some pretty nice...

Scania’s Gem: Malmö Sep08

Scania’s Gem: ...

Just across the Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen sits Malmö, the most populous city in Sweden’s Scania province.  The weather was great and the people were friendly.  What a great way to end the Baltic...