I recently purchased the Harbor Freight 1720 lb utility trailer. So far, I really like it! It’s going to make getting sheets of drywall home from the home center a lot easier than the roof rack I was previously using. It even folds up into a small enough footprint that I can store it inContinue reading “Video: Assembly the Harbor Freight Utility Trailer”
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Home Eng Project #5 – Trick
My thirteen-year-old and I have continued to go into the shop for “Home Eng” (read more here) even after school has ended for her and we’ve shifted into summer mode. I have been trying to focus on shorter projects, since those seem to hold her attention a bit better. I do want to take onContinue reading “Home Eng Project #5 – Trick”
Home Eng Project #4
My thirteen-year-old and I have continued to work on our “Home Eng” projects. Our latest was a pretty quick one: pottery. I recently bought a small melting furnace for use in the shop for a variety of things – melting for casting, maybe heat treating – but it works perfectly well for low-fire clay. WeContinue reading “Home Eng Project #4”
Home Eng Project #3
My younger daughter and I have continued our periodic shop time I have entitled Home Eng. See here for a bit more information about the concept. We don’t manage to get into the shop every weekend, but we have kept at it. We also watch maker videos online sometimes, from channels like Peter Brown, DrewContinue reading “Home Eng Project #3”
Crossing the Streams?
Lately I’ve been wondering if I should cross-post the podcast episodes on the YouTube channel. On the one hand, I think it would allow more people to come across the episodes. And I could put pictures of the things we talk about in at the appropriate moment. Or even move to recording video when IContinue reading “Crossing the Streams?”
My younger daughter is in middle school. Before things got totally locked down, she had chosen to take “engineering” as one of her second-semester electives. (We would have called this “shop class” back when I was her age.) She’s a sharp kid, though, and once it was obvious she was going to be remote, sheContinue reading “Home Eng”
Podcast Episode 002 Audio PEBKAC
In software, we use the acronym PEBKAC. It stands for “Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair”, and it’s just a funny way of saying “user error”. I am a living example: I managed to publish episode 002 with the audio from episode 001. Apparently WordPress picks up on the first audio link in the post,Continue reading “Podcast Episode 002 Audio PEBKAC”
One of Those Days
There’s an old saying that goes, “A bad day fishing beats a good day working.” I’m not much for fishing, but substitute in “shop” and you’d have a statement that I’d agree with. Most days. Sunday was not one of those days. Of course, for me, the bar is a little high. I really likeContinue reading “One of Those Days”
Video: Electronic Leadscrew Update
Following on my post the other day describing my progress with James Clough’s Lathe Electronic Leadscrew project, here’s a video showing a bit more detail. It covers the same ground but in video form – hope that’s useful. Have a look, and if you feel like it at the end, click like and subscribe. Thanks!
A Podcast, Maybe?
So I’m thinking about making a podcast. It would be, unsurprisingly, about 1) getting smarter, and 2) making stuff. But what it would REALLY be about would be me talking to interesting people about whatever the heck I like. I used to host The Cognicast when I worked at Cognitect. I did about 120 episodesContinue reading “A Podcast, Maybe?”