Percy’s Table

A few years ago, I made a table for Baxter shown here.  Unfortunately, he didn’t use it much… because he’s a dog. Our new addition to the family, Perseus the dachshund, is more appreciative of my handywork so I modified Baxter’s old table to fit Percy’s height....

Yosemite Jul25

Yosemite

Apple recently released the public beta of its newest operating system, codenamed Yosemite.  The experience with the unfinished OS has been pretty good so far, with no major interruptions to my regular workflow.  In its announcement earlier this year, Apple revealed that the interface would...

All Systems Go! Part...

We recently made a big move up north and though moving can be stressful, I love setting up a new space for the tools.  This is by far the largest space I’ve had for a woodshop and I plan to make the most of it.  The first mini project for the shop was the clamp rack you see against the...

Word Crimes Jul16

Word Crimes

Among Weird Al’s myriad talents is his ability to stay extremely relevent with his parody videos. This is my favorite so far.

Stepstool Combo

I have a little friend who was in dire need of a stool and bench combo.  After a long day of eating mashed peas and carrots, sometimes he just needs to take a break.  I saw this design a few months ago and thought that it would look great in walnut.  I had a nice wide piece that I was setting...

USMA Graduation May29

USMA Graduation

This week I had the pleasure of seeing my youngest brother graduate from the United States Military Academy.  In addition to seeing him fulfill his promise of hugging the president once he got this diploma, I also got to administer his commissioning oath.  Like me, my brother was on the West...

Boshears’ Skyfest Apr27

Boshears’ Skyf...

This weekend a local airport played host to a weekend air and car show.  The Boshear’s Skyfest has been an annual spring event for 21 years in this region.  It was a very nice collection of beautifully restored aircraft and classic cars, with many additional historical displays like the...

Cantennas Apr14

Cantennas

Antennas come in all shapes and size.  Sometime they’re very advanced, but often they can be made with just about anything.  Aside from housing delicious cookies, Pirouline cans make for great homemade directional waveguide antennas called cantennas.  The materials needed are a female N...

Building Blocks

I recently picked up a book entitled Making Toys That Teach to get some inspiration for some child-friendly wood projects.  I also figure that wood toys are a neat way to promote creativity and support my never-ending quest to develop young engineers and woodworkers.  I have a few friends...

K-Cup Holder

Gina’s mom got a fancy Keurig this holiday season.  I figured it would be a good idea to make a nice k-cup holder to keep everything organized.  I initially drew up plans for a holder that featured a sliding drawer made of out lychee, but the implementation was much more difficult than...

Bamboo Bungalow

Now that the weather’s easing up on us, it’s time to start taking care of the giant to-do list.  The latest creation is for my long time shop pal, Baxter the terrier.  I had lots of bamboo left over from the doggie dance floor that I finished off during this project. The first...

Adjustable Standing ...

Between working, watching TV, and driving, we spend something like half of our waking hours sitting down. Gina’s job requires a lot of computer-based work.  A few weeks ago she let me know that she wanted to spend less time sitting, so she took action.  The next day I noticed her laptop...