Tag: diy

  • homemade plug cutter

    homemade plug cutter

    I wanted a plug cutter to cut wooden plugs for fret markers for a guitar I am working on. I with an old bolt. To form the ‘flute’ of the cutter where the chips clear out, I made an angled clamp block. I just eyeballed the angle I wanted and drilled a hole in a […]

  • travel ukulele upgrade

    travel ukulele upgrade

    This is a long overdue (as usual) update to the travel ukulele I made a year and a half ago. I was finding that the mandrel that the strings wrapped around before heading to the tuners was creating way too much friction to actually let the strings tune properly. I was having to turn the […]

  • gourd ukulele

    gourd ukulele

    If you thought my other ukulele blog post was long, take a deep breath before reading through this one. Also, this one is super delayed. I finished this project early March of 2016… Around Thanksgiving (the one in 2015…) a friend of mine gave me a gourd as a gag gift. Of course, everyone thought I […]

  • cruiser skateboard

    cruiser skateboard

    In the past few months, I have been trying to learn how to skateboard by borrowing a friend’s skateboard. Recently he gave me a beautiful set of trucks, so I thought I better make a skateboard then. My roommate had previously ordered a bunch of veneer for a project she never got around to, so […]

  • fixing a DeWalt DW375 planer

    fixing a DeWalt DW375 planer

    I’ve been dying to get a planer for a while now, and recently was lucky enough to acquire this one off Craigslist. It needed a little work to get going though. The main problem was that it was jammed so that turning the hand crank with any reasonable amount of force wouldn’t actually raise or […]

  • travel ukulele

    travel ukulele

    This (more) travel-sized ukulele project has been tremendously satisfying! The woodworking part filled me with unbounded joy, and hopefully the music part will be fun, too. The main ‘feature’ of this ukulele is that the tuning pegs (I chose geared ones since they are easier to tune, and I will need all the help I can […]

  • ripstop trifold wallet

    ripstop trifold wallet

    My orange ripstop wallet has served me well for two years. However, the elastic was getting too worn out. So I decided it was time to try a new design, this time using velcro instead of elastic. I guess time will tell how this new one holds up The new wallet started out almost identically […]

  • backpacking poop shovel

    backpacking poop shovel

    I am planning a backpacking trip and did not have a poop shovel. This is one of the cheapest pieces of gear that backpackers carry, but of course, where would the fun be in that. It had been a while since I welded any aluminum, and this was the first times setting up for welding […]

  • top bar beehive

    top bar beehive

    Almost two years ago, a friend of mine wanted help building a top bar bee hive with these instructions http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/support-files/how_to_build_a_tbh.pdf, so I thought I would build one with her. Who knew it would take two full years to get it set up in a garden… Here are some photos of how my build came along, […]

  • salt shaker

    salt shaker

    For some reason it is fun to make salt shakers. Here is one I started three and a half years ago and finished over the weekend. It consists of a section of Delrin tube sandwiched between two sheets of 1/4″ polycarb. There is a little retaining groove in the PC, but maybe if I did […]