Monthly Archives: February 2015

Strung Out Cat

strung out cat

strung out cat

My wife recently bought a little bird feeder for the yard and we thought our cat would like to do some bird watching, so we put it right outside the window.  She has become a crazed lunatic.  Normally she would sleep all day while the boys are at school, but now she just sits at that window (even if the shades are shut.) We finally got her to sleep today, by letting the food run out and keeping the shades closed.  Silly cat.

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Ladder Garden Finished

ladder garden finished

ladder garden finished

Here’s a picture of the finished ladder garden.  The planter boxes freely rotate so they should self balance, and it ever need to get moved, they won’t spill out.  I still need to do some simple finish for the top of the legs, decide how I want to seal the planter boxes, and then put in some drains.  Another project I thought would be super quick to make and ended up being more complicated and time consuming.

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Ladder Garden Plans

ladder garden plans

ladder garden plans

I took some time off this week, so I’ll be putting some of it to use building a ladder garden for our family.  My wife liked a few she had seen online, so this one is based on her requests and the horde of lumber I’ve been stashing away in the garage.  I got most of the big pieces cut today, but thought I’d better plan it all out before I cut the last bits and started assembling.  Good thing too, as this is intended to be leaning against a fence, it would have had some issues had I not forced myself to make these plans.

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How To Make a SOLID Twenty Sided Die

When challenged to make a twenty sided widget (icosahedron) from solid wood, I looked about on these here intertubes for some assistance to no avail.  Lot’s of guides on making the polygon out of paper and even a few about shaving and gluing a bunch of equilateral triangles together for a hollow creation.  I had to figure it out on my own, so I thought I’d share.

For anyone that would be interested in purchasing some handmade ones from my etsy store, please feel free to contact me there or in the comments below!

Start with a Cube:

start with a cube

start with a cube

While looking at a borrowed D20, I noticed that there appeared to be triangle pairs that were the same on six opposing sides of the die.  So i figured out how to make one starting with a cube. The blue lines above show the orientation of the shared edges for these triangle pairs. Continue reading

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Valentines Doodles

boba valentine

boba valentine

Here’s a couple of random doodles that found their way into my noggin this weekend.  The bulletin doodle was based on some funny stories from our pastor’s sermon on Sunday.

yes or no

yes or no

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Snoopy Valentines

snoopy valentines

snoopy valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Last year our family got these really cute little Snoopy valentine cards and my wife kept them to frame someday.  I thought that would be a nice surprise from me, so last weekend I built this deep photo frame to give them a shadow box quality.

Originally the frame wasn’t distressed, but my wife thought it would look better that way and if the cards weren’t randomly flapping open so much, so I disassembled it and made the changes this morning.

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Gargoyle Fit

gargoyle fit

gargoyle fit

One of my co-workers asked me to combine a bunch of different elements in a drawing for his friend.  She’s a gargoyle loving cross-fit junky, who was recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.  He might also use it for some t-shirts and swag to help raise money to support her.  It was an honor to be able to doodle for a noble cause!

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Making a D20 – Twenty-Sided Die

d20 cut

d20 cut

After I started making all my different sized and shaped widgets, someone challenged me to try making a D20 (twenty sided die).  I present my first, full-sized (3.5″), solid wood, D20.  I’ve made the same shape from paper before but had to cut out a little rough wooden prototype a few weeks back to figure this one out.  Turns out, 42 really is the answer!  Not sure how I’ll number or finish it?

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Making a Font

vonholdt font

vonholdt font

Lately I have been messing around making monospace lettering in Inkscape, so I thought I’d take a crack at really creating a font.  I finished up all the uppercase letters and have started working on the lower, using Inkscape and Fontforge.

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Space Girl colored

space girl

space girl

One last thing I got to this weekend was to finish coloring my little space girl.

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