Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bartop Arcade Carcass: Part II, The New Screen Savers

Before I went away last week I was able to sit down and talk with +Jason Howell about the Bartop Arcade I'm building for him.

My appearance on the New Screen Savers with Jason.

Jason is a host and producer for TWiT.TV. While I'm the woodworker behind the Bartop Arcade carcass, Jason is the brains behind the operation. He is handling the electronics.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Is No Cheating.

I drive a lot for work. When I do, I tend to alternate my listening between audio books and podcasts. An audio book typically takes me between a few days and a week to finish. When I'm done with the book I pick back up with the podcasts. Because of this alternation, I'm sometimes a week or so behind in my podcasts.

When I recently listened to Wood Talk #263, I was excited to hear the guys jump into a topic which is dear to my heart. I was even more excited by Shannon's wonderful opening comments.

To put it in my words: There is no wrong way to woodwork.

Woodworking as a hobby or craft is so wonderful because there is no wrong way to do it. There is no cheating. I don't even think there are shortcuts - for what are short cuts? To me, short cut has a negative connotation. It implies a necessary step has been shortened or skipped altogether.

A necessary step? In woodworking? There are no necessary steps. Only the steps you feel you should make. Did you enjoy making it? Does it serve its purpose? Is it an expression of you? Then you have succeeded my friend. You've not cheated or taken any shortcuts. You simply woodworked.

Now, simply listen. Think. Go woodwork.






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Saturday, August 8, 2015

2015 August Shop Tour

Welcome to August. the shop tour finds me with one project stalled and another just about to begin. Enjoy this rare glimpse at a mostly clean shop.






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Chaircast Episode 5



Monday, August 3, 2015

Bartop Arcade Carcass: Part I, Relative Sizing

I spent much of Sunday beginning on the Bar Top Arcade Carcass project. I'll be building the wooden carcass and installing all of the electronic hardware, then sending it to a friend for wiring and setup.

Laying out the controls on the bench was the first step of determining how wide the carcass needs to be.



This first day was about sizing. Though I have a set of plans which I'm using a rough guide, the carcass needs to be individually sized around the control layout and monitor. Since Jason is adding a roller wheel which wasn't in the plans, the carcass I'm building is wider. I think it may be taller also, but the plans are in cm and I can't think that way. Rather than convert them to inches, I simply measured the monitor we'll be using and went from there.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 July Shop Tour

July finds the shop fairly busy, with my table saw dominated by computers.




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Saturday, July 11, 2015

First World Sanding Problems

Every once in a while I run into a major problem in the shop.

This time, I decided to make it into a silly video.





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Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Years On


My first Post was July 10th, 2010. This post is my 460th. Thanks for reading.





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