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


I cut my finger chopping potatoes. Now I am having trouble completing normal tasks like drinking coffee left-handed. It’s an illuminating experience to see which activities I do without thinking (but now have to think about). I guess most of these things I have learned to a level that I don’t need to think about… 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


Science is meaningless. Don’t get me wrong, I love science–a systematic method to discover facts. I love technology–the useful application of new discoveries. I work in IT and I was a pre-med student in college. This is not me disrespecting science; it’s about fostering a proper understanding of meaning. Science is meaningless until it is… Read More


I am waiting for the supplies to come so I can build my bass guitar. It’s been a while since I ordered them (and it may be longer still before they finish their journey across the ocean). The other day I rediscovered my initial sketch: I want a bass that is comfortable, cool-looking, but most… Read More


Writing comes down to two parts: Color the white paper dark Trim your initial scribbles into meaningful sentences. That first step is where many of us quit. No matter how many ideas we have they can dissolve into the great whiteness of the blank page. The answer here is to write. Just write. Write about… Read More