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...

ATX Breakout Feb01

ATX Breakout

A full size benchtop power supply isn’t in my budget right now, but still need reliable power for some of my projects.  Hmm… what devices supply reliable 3.3V, 5V and 12V consistently and affordably?  The answer is almost any desktop computer power supply.  The ATX power supply...

RF Explorer Feb01

RF Explorer

My RF Explorer arrived today in a nice little package from Seeed Studio.  The RF Explorer ISM Combo is a handheld spectrum analyzer capable of RF analysis in both sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz ISM bands.  It’s very small – smaller than anything I’ve used before, including the...

Snow Day! Jan29

Snow Day!

So the polar vortex-fueled Great Snowpocalypse of 2014 finally touched down in the south with a Shermanesque ferocity, or so Georgians would have you think.  The forecast called for only 1-2″, but that was enough for statewide school, road and facilities closures.  Five states issued a...

The Most Important Meal Jan28

The Most Important M...

While in Japan, my wife and I saw all kind of interesting tools, crafts and gadgets.  At Tokyu Hands, a large department-hardware-electronics-games-stationery-furniture-everything store, we saw this special doggy pancake mix.  It’s been a few months since purchased, but the expiration...

My Garage Smells of ...

Yesterday I took a drive into South Carolina to meet a woodworker who’s about to retire.  I had previously gotten quite a deal from him on the Angelheart I used on the joinery and shoe benches.  This time I picked up about 150 board feet of Mahogany for well under market price. Mahogany...

Scrap Coasters

A few months back, I made a napkin holder from some leftover pieces of hardwood.  After finishing the recent batch of cutting boards, I had leftovers that were the perfect size to make some...

Holiday Boards

I’m proud of myself.  All of this season’s boards are complete and ready for shipment out to friends and family.  I had a lot of fun experimenting with patterns and species, as usual.  Some of the boards that I crafted from cutoffs (extra wood) turned out to be the most...