Saturday, April 09, 2011

Small Side Projects

Just some fun/needed projects I’ve done lately.

04021101 A friend gave me two old beige mid tower ATX cases. I painted one black and decided to add some ventilation slots (this is the same case I punched the fan vent hole in) as the existing vent was minimal.


Nothing fancy, just did it by eye.

04041106 It needs some front bay covers still. 04041107

I also forgot to paint the reset button. More work is needed. 04041108 My growing pile of PC parts.


The glass knobs I bought (from the Habitat for Humanity store) kept separating from the metal stem. Terrible glue job. 04041102

So I pulled them all off.


Use the lathe to remove most of the old adhesive and turn the rim to the same angle as the glass, for a better bond.

04041104 It wasn’t that exciting. 04041105

Some 2 ton epoxy and they are happily joined. the problem seems solved.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Several Shop Nights

Here are some pictures from the past month of “Open Shop” nights at my buddy Kent’s shop.


He built the lock for his son’s upcoming wedding. Locked…




That’s phosphor bronze spring wire.


One of the hinges he made for the box which the lock locks.


George was sorting out some problems with an M1 carbine action.


Kent cutting a groove in a Honda motorcycle clutch for Carey.


Tapping on a band, which fits in the groove, to tighten up the clutch.


The lock is finished.


Kent and Bill messing with their electronic lighter project.


Nichrome wire glowing.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Max Is Six

Max turned 6 on Sunday. We had a party in the Philomath City Park. It was cold and blustery but didn’t rain.


Kids frolicking on the playground.


It was rather windy so Kiko held up the cake box lid to shield the candles. As an aside, Kiko Denzer is an author of many books on earth ovens and other earth art and building projects and Ryan Mayfield (he of the moustache in the back) is the author of Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies. I really need to write a book.


Max blows out the candles.


Kids eating cake.


Aidan tries to break the piƱata. Notice the children don’t have blindfolds…this is as much for our sakes as theirs.


Max and Eben playing.