Memory Chest Prototype

Memory Chest Prototype

Our oldest son will be graduating highschool this summer, so my wife and I wanted to make him a nice chest to hold all the things we’ve been collecting for him since he was a baby.  I thought I would make a prototype first, before making a bunch of mistakes with more expensive hardwood, and I sured “learned” quite a few lessons in the process.  I decided to use lock-rabbit joints  for simplicity with the tools I had.  Overall, I think this one came out a little rough around the edges but nice.  We are going to tweak the dimensions and the design a bit and then carefully create the real thing.

 

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Cyber Stan the Internet Man

cyber stan

I was at a conference the other day and the presenter said that all techy briefings need a cloud in them.  I imagined the old Microsoft paperclip guy replaced by a cloud guy and scribbled a rough sketch in my notebook.  My neighbor was a fan, so i cleaned it up in the computer for him.

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Interpreting a Diagram

diagram

I was attending a conference today and one of the presentations had a diagram like the one above to depict a bunch of relationships.  Sure there were words I left out of this quick rendition, and some arrows depicting communication and authority flows; but all I saw was a ripped turtle pressing something overhead.  So…

pressing turtle

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Mr Freeze

    Mr Freeze

This is a doodle I did during some training (still listening).  This was mostly inspired by the show of Batman: The Animated Series posters coming up this weekend at Mondo.  Victor Freeze was always my favorite, and his poster looks sweet!

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3

freeze process slow

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Black Panther

Black Panther

This weekend I had the chance to see Black Panther twice, and it was even better the second time.  Can’t wait for Infinity War this summer!

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Knick Knack Shelf

Knick Knack Shelf

Hey look, I made a thing!  Unfortunately, it’s a shelf, which I seem to make a lot of.

I have a tendency to buy lots of little trinkets and toys I want to put on my desk, and then not have much actual space to place them, so I made a double decker shelf.  I decided not to do any fancy routing of even finish for the time being, because I just wanted to get it done.  My wife and I think it actually looks nice unfinished.  I also thought I would use pocket screws to mate the top and bottom to the sides, not thinking that I would not have much room inside to drive the screw into the final side.  I ended up having to use the smallest socket wrench I had, a 1/4″ socket and a bit to screw on the top.

I decided to build a french cleat into the back of the shelf instead of traditional hangers.  I made a bunch of little 1×2″ cleats and screwed two into the wall to mount it.  I think that will give me more flexibility in the future if I want to adjust it or make something bigger.

The last little job I did today was to add another small shelf off my monitor stand to hold up my LEGO Saturn V rocket.  I’m calling it launch pad 39V.

 

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Eeyore with Scarf

Eeyore Scarf

My awesome mother-in-law has been working for sometime now to thoughtfully knit scarves that would be given to people receiving various treatments at her local hospital.  Her spirit animal is Eeyore, so I doodled up a version of him that would show up well at about a nickel size, and made some tags for her on my cutter.  The pose was heavily influenced by one I saw online, but I redrew the whole thing from scratch to clean it up and added the scarf.  Hopefully the little guy, the message of the tags, and the knowledge that someone is wishing the patients well will bring some joy to their hearts and speed along their healing.

Drawn in Krita, process GIF done in GIMP.

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Saxophone Print Frame

Saxophone Print Frame

A few months back, we visited New Orleans while on vacation, and my youngest son bought a print from an artist named Tesfaye Negusse.  He decided on the size, design, and color for the frame I built for it.

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2018 LEGO Winter Village

2018 LEGO Winter Village

First Apologies for the awful cellphone pictures, I forgot to come back and take some better ones.  This year with the addition of the LEGO train and the train station, we had to add extra space to the front of our buffet. Next year, I plan to get an even bigger rectangular table and make them the same height so I can weave the train track through the town.  It was also a frequent thing that our young cat would go Meowthra on the display and there would be a few things to put back when I got home.

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LEGO Micro AT-AT

LEGO Micro AT-AT

Another LEGO build I finished up before the new year was thanks to the building instruction of Miro Dudas.  I simplified the main body, changed out the parts for the side cannons, and I am still trying to figure out the best piece for the front of the head/cockpit.  So far, Mixel eyes are my favorite…

LEGO Micro AT-AT googly

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