For Christmas, both kids made something for the workshop. The Girl made a lovely scrap bowl. The Boy made some stock-keeping boards. There are hours of work in each of them. Thanks to both of them! Advertisements Continue reading Merry Christmas one and all!
A while back, I posted my plan for learning to use my new lathe. I’m now about four and a half hours into the practice part of learning. I’ve produced a bucket-full of swarf. At this point, I can confidently turn to a diameter and get a reasonable finish on a part. I’ve managed to stop welding aluminum to the top of the tool, and … Continue reading Learning to lathe – progress report
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a new feature in OnShape: Sheet Metal Models. It almost sucked me into a rabbit hole, but my objective was drawing a driver, not experimenting with cool new features. So, I parked it until this evening, which I seem to be spending babysitting the Cricut as it makes Christmas crafts for The Girl. With a little experimentation this … Continue reading OnShape Sheet Metal Models
I wish I was as good at Christmas gifts as my dad was. Invariably on Christmas Eve he would disappear and return triumphantly hours later with an armload of gifts for my sister to wrap. Were they panicked pluckings like the ones I make when the clock is running down? Or were they planned purchases, over which he had agonized and researched? We may never … Continue reading Grinder finds a home
There’s a super TED talk where Josh Kaufman insists that you can learn anything in 20 hours. Sure, it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery, but 20 hours gets you over the hump. I’m hoping this talk will be as life-changing as that other TED talk about tying your shoelaces. Kaufman’s program plays out like this: Deconstruct the skill Learn enough to self-correct Remove practice … Continue reading Learning to lathe
Ever since I moved in to this pristine new work area, the natural state of soldering iron chords has bothered me. I know they’re just being their natural selves, and you can hardly blame them, but the tangled mess was unsightly! As I was battening down the hatches (they’re still battened until the Girl has her sleepover the weekend after next), I generated some likely … Continue reading Soldering iron chord cubby
There is nothing quite like a mitre joint in a countertop to reveal how out of square your house is. Because the saws and sander are all out in the garage on the other side of the house and up a flight of stairs, the countertops were like an exercise class without so much rewarding Lycra. I don’t know how many trips I made, but … Continue reading Workshop cabinets get topped