In my previous post about my work on the carving knife I mentioned that I thought I had stumbled into a differential heat treat. But I wasn’t sure until I actually etched the blade. Well my ferric chloride arrived the other day. It comes with all kinds of fun tidbits on the bottle, like “caustic”… Read More


In my last post I talked about upgrading my 3d printer to use a better hotend with interchangeable nozzles. Since then I have broken and fixed my printer again. First the break. The new hotend has one of those pipe fitting clamp things that grabs on to the bowden tube (the tube the filament runs… Read More


Let’s get this out of the way: 3D printers are awesome. I have had mine for about a year and a half and it has let me build fun and crazy things like my homemade keyboard. But 3d printers are obnoxiously slow. It makes sense; it’s the world’s tiniest glue gun putting down layer after… Read More


The other day I finally figured out how to sharpen my hook knife and so I took a shot at making a spoon. In the end it turned out a little bit leaky. In this process I realized that I needed a decent carving knife for the outside. So that’s what I made. First I… Read More


I have been getting my brother into woodworking. We went tool shopping yesterday and came out with a huge haul. Last night I was showing him how to flatten the backs of his chisels and he asked, “When would you want to hit the chisel with a hammer?” So I pulled out my chisels and… Read More


On its way Today I put the karambit into the mail. It is on its way to the (hopefully happy) owner. Before the knife was ready to ship I needed to make a case for it. Instead of a traditional leather sheath I decided to go with a wooden case. I borrowed a little bit… Read More


I like the potential of electrical conduit for construction. I’ve seen people sell expensive connectors that turn these into a construction set, but why do that when I have a 3d printer? I modeled some tabletop connectors in OpenSCAD and then some tenons that go in the end of a piece of conduit and then… Read More


Today I trekked to home depot where I bought a 12-foot long 8-inch by 1-inch pine board. This board would become a toolbox. The Japanese style toolbox is a versatile form. I first encountered it in Toshio Odate’s, Japanese Woodworking Tools, their spirit and use. I already use one of these toolboxes all the time… Read More


I wanted to build a left-handed gaming keyboard, mostly to see if I could. Here’s what it looks like: Constraints There actually are already one-handed gaming keyboards on the market. They range from the $130 setups from reputable brands to $25 no-name Chinese gadgets. It was important to me to: build this myself spend less… Read More


This weekend I built a mini cigar box amplifier to use when I finish my bass guitar. To be more precise, I built the speaker box. The amp is a little standalone unit that sits on top. This is the second iteration of my practice amp build. At first I tried to build a sealed… Read More