08th Jun 2014

Sudoku Board

I’m making a Sudoku game for my friend Adrian‘s dad who is a stroke victim. So the game needs to be intellectual and physical. Also robust. I think I’ll make one...

31st May 2014

CNC Machine for Portraits

I’ve been working on carving portraits using a CNC machine for a while without much luck. Today I managed to get it to work a bit better. This is using a 90...

27th May 2014

Swirly Draw

It’s a drawing machine you crank! Sort of a kid-version of art-o-matic. Seems easier than squiggly-draw too. I think this is great for kids. This one has a ratio of 39:40. I like it!...

24th May 2014

Checkers

I had fun making a small tic-tac-toe game so decided to try something bigger. I managed to get together a small 8″ checker board from hardboard. Now I have to...

22nd May 2014

The Beauty of Hardboard Tic-Tac-Toe

Hardboard doesn’t have much of a reputation but I think it’s very under-appreciated. Hardboard is that stuff found at the bottom of a drawer. Or the backing on a cheap...

10th May 2014

Isoscel-Ease the Drawing Robot

I learned a bit from making the Art-O-Matic swirling-drawing robot. The new Isoscel-Ease drawing robot uses triangular geometry rather than scissor geometry (other drawing robots). The two arms holding the pen are the...

03rd May 2014

3D Printing Hype

3D printers have been getting a lot of press and I think journalists have misled the general public. On one hand you have of consumer level machines in the <$2000...

25th Apr 2014

Tic-Tac-Toe

This is a game I’m making for a two year old. I love working with hardboard but it has no tolerance for water so you can’t clean it unless you...

08th Apr 2014

Spool Knitting

I can’t remember if it was my mom or dad that showed me spool knitting. I think it was my mom but my dad made the spool. I might have...

11th Jan 2014

DIY Hot-Wire Foam Cutter

Here’s the “One-Nite” DIY Foam Cutter. It took one work session (one night) to design and assemble. I was surprised how easy and fun cutting foam is. I designed it using Sketchup/SketchUCam and used a desktop...

30th Sep 2013

Moving Canvas

Kinetic work such as Big Oil Rooster have been really popular but have high complexity since an energy source must be incorporated. It’s not just making it work it’s making it run reliably....

04th Aug 2013

CNC Drop Trays

Here’s a CNC technique I’d like to share. When making small parts, instead of using tabs you can use drop trays. Tabs (right) are used when you have a collection of...

04th Aug 2013

Dinky Motor Kits and Instructions V1

Here are the video instructions for Dinky Motor. Questions welcome. If you’re in Ottawa send me a note if you want me to drop by to help. For those who are...

10th Jul 2013

Dinky Motor Experiments

I made a few revisions and am in the midst of a few experiments with the Dinky Motor project. The video is at the bottom. Armature I added some features...

19th Jun 2013

Electric Motor Gearbox

Here’s another version of the Simple Electric Motor project. I added a 4 stage gearbox to make it more fun and interesting. Each stage has a 4:1 gear ratio. Here are...

28th Feb 2013

Wooden Birthday Card

I just made a cool wooden birthday card. It came out really nice. I also made an envelope out of a piece of paper that had some cool squiggly lines...

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