Jenga Blocks Apr28

Jenga Blocks

These jenga blocks were a lot of fun to make. I used some maple, walnut and sapele pieces from the scrap bin. The contrast is wonderful and they were very easy to make.  Creating blocks so small is also a great skill builder and is very satisfying since it calls for a lot of passes on the...

Produce Stands Apr02

Produce Stands

This weekend’s project is a set of counter top produce bins.  This stackable set is useful for tidying up the kitchen space and since it’s made of solid mahogany, it’s guaranteed to make your kitchen classy.  Super classy.  The most...

Filter Holder Mar28

Filter Holder

She wanted it, so I built it.  No more coffee filters strewn about – we’ve got them all in check.  Woods are walnut and maple from the scrap bin.  Finished with a shellac...

El Capitan on ESXi Mar21

El Capitan on ESXi

Installing new operating systems on ESXi is usually very straightforward, but there are a few extras steps to take when installing the latest version of Mac OS X.  For this installation, you’ll need the following: ESXi 6.0 Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan A Mac Unlocker...

Walnut Nightstands Mar21

Walnut Nightstands

Not satisfied with in-store or online options for nightstands, I made a trip out to a local wood supply store this weekend to find a nice piece of lumber suitable for bedroom furniture.  The design is simple: just a mitered box sitting on some hairpin legs.  It was all about execution and...

Iconic Memories

Computer hard disk drives are amazing feats of engineering.  Encased in a metal box, several perfectly flat platters spin at 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute thanks to a powerful spindle motor.  When these drives fail – and they always do – I love taking them apart to get a...

#MarchIsForMakers Mar05

#MarchIsForMakers

This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Scott Hanselman, podcaster, speaker, teacher and programmer at Microsoft.  In an interview for his show, Hanselminutes, I speak to Scott about my current job in the military and my personal passions in teaching, making and hacking.  Thanks so much...

Make: IoT Security Mar04

Make: IoT Security

In case you haven’t gotten your copy, be sure to pick up the latest Make Magazine and check out my article on page 32.  Entitled “IoT [Internet of Things] Security”, I discuss simple ways you can protect yourself and your data as you connect your projects to the net....

Building Blocks II Dec28

Building Blocks II

As I mentioned in a few posts, I save all my cutoffs after big projects.  Instead of sending the scraps to the landfill or fireplace, I like using them to make coasters to toy blocks.  I saved all the best pieces from 2015 to create a huge selection of stacking blocks.  The mahogany, hard...

Rocket Bed Dec25

Rocket Bed

My friend’s son is in love with rockets.  When I was a kid I was all about firetrucks and robots, so I understand his infatuation with heavy machinery.  His dad pitched an idea to me to make a rocket that we could attach to his new Ikea Kura reversible bed: The rocket would have a...

Make: Pop-Up Store Dec20

Make: Pop-Up Store

Just in time for the holiday season, Maker Media opened up a “pop-up” store in downtown San Francisco.  I had the good fortune (and timing) to be in the area for the opening of the retail space on Sutter Street.   Greeting customers the moment they walk in, Makey the...

Installing ESXi on a TS440 Dec17

Installing ESXi on a...

I recently picked up a new server to run VMware’s ESXi, a free type 1 hypervisor.  Here are the steps I went through to get the machine ready to run all those virtual machines. First, download the latest version of ESXi from VMWare’s site.  Note that the download is free but...