Friday, November 24, 2017

Reclaimed Duct Tape Dispenser

Duct Tape Dispenser
I wanted to come up with a better way to dispense tape. Using a automotive masking caddy, I fitted it with threaded rod and a serrated edge for an all-in-one dispenser.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Angor Rot Trollhunters Costume Build

Making an Angor Rot from Trollhunters Costume
As soon as I saw Angor Rot in Trollhunters, I knew it would make a great costume. It's an ambitious project, but every year I try to expand my skill set when building my Halloween costume, though I really needed more time for this. I didn't quite finish in time for Halloween. I've always wanted to do a big costume, and now I have.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Duct Tape Dummy / Make a Mannequin

Make a Mannequin
I'm making a costume for Halloween and needed a replica of my body so I wouldn't have to keep trying on the costume to check the fit. I'll show you a cheap and easy way to create a mannequin of yourself.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Build a DIY Dice Tower

Dice Tower
If you play board games, you've encountered dice rolling off the table or knocking board pieces out of place. This tower keeps the dice in one spot and simplifies rolling.

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Update Counters, Cabinets, & Hardware

Updating Counters, Cabinets, Doors, & Hardware
I'm going to show you how to update cabinets with laminate finishes on the counter, cabinets, and doors. I'll make new doors with hidden hinges and new hardware.The existing casework was woefully out of date. It used exposed hinges, the cabinets were painted, and the laminate counter was well worn.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Short Story - Livewire

words: 899
Original Photo by Joey Kyber on Unsplash
“If I don’t cool it down, I’ll burn him up out there.” I turned showing the bag of ice on my shoulder. Garcia just nodded blankly and kept walking. I sat on the trainer’s table, trying to be a good teammate and avoid being aloof. Despite my attempts, I just felt further out of the loop. I was just there taking up space. I used to be important. I wanted to show them the hardware, the rings, but it didn’t matter. That was from another time, a different city.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Short Story - Yarbrough & Peoples Don’t Stop

Yarbrough & Peoples Don’t Stop
Words: 696

I pulled the creased card from my pocket yet again. This was becoming some strange dream, but the words hadn’t changed.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Door Latch Removal & Repair

More Than You Wanted to Know About Door Latch Removal, Workings & Repair
My truck door latch would lock, but wouldn't always unlock. When I tested the latch outside of the truck it worked perfectly. I finally figured out the problem.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mobile Laptop Harness

Laptop Harness
I needed to take notes and measurements but I hate writing it down because then I have to keep up with multiple papers and plans. Then, I just have to transfer it to a computer anyway and my handwriting is difficult to read. I like to enter information directly into a laptop even in the field. When drafting in the field, if a measurement is wrong, I'll know it instantly when lines don't meet.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jewelry Box or Tool Box Organizing Insert

Organize Your Jewelry Box or Tool Box
A drawer without organization becomes a mess quickly.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Primer on LEDs - The What and the How Tutorial

LEDs, Resistors, Power Supply, & Breadboard
Where do you start with LEDs? I've always wanted to learn how to incorporate LEDs into props I make. It turns out, it's not difficult to get started.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hydro Dip Painting

Hydro Dip Painting
What do you do with your leftover spray paint cans? Create a psychedelic paint job! This is known as hydro dipping or marbelizing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

DIY Metal Coil Springs

Make Your Own Springs
I needed a spring, but wanted a custom size and shape. I made my own extension and compression springs.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Totally '80s Photo Collage Portrait

Make an '80s Portrait
I painted a wild multi-color frame and needed a photograph for it that exuded class and style.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Quick Fireplace Upgrade

Quick Fireplace Upgrade
Three years ago I built a fireplace mantle. It went exactly according to plan, but a week later I knew I wasn't quite done.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Make a Good Caulk Joint

Good Caulk Joint vs. Bad Caulk Joint
Caulk joints often fail because most joints are packed full of caulk and call it done. That will inevitably lead to failure.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Portable Overhead Camera Mount

Portable Overhead Camera Mount
​I wanted an overhead camera mount that I could disassemble and move around easily, though the final result has slightly more screws than anticipated.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Short Story - The Pit is a Lie

The Pit is a Lie
Words: 1318

“Kershaw, hurry up!” Arenado watched as his friend wove through the brush, dodging limbs.
Kershaw’s face went slack when he saw it. “You found a cave? How deep is it?”
“I don’t know, I was waiting for you.”

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Short Story - Allure of the Laserdisc

Allure of the Laserdisc
Words: 1007
The allure of the laserdisc was too much. Every day after school Eric would weave a path that took him between the aged brick buildings downtown to Archie’s Electronics. He would stare between the painted letters on the window at the gleaming black box in the window with the shiny discs lying nearby. Some days he’d even go inside, but it just didn’t look as mesmerizing as when he was staring through that inch thick glass.
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