Author Archives: Jeremy Cook

A Programmable RGB LED Infinity Mirror

Infinity Mirror with top

I’m incredibly happy with how this photo turned out!

An infinity mirror is a one-way mirror setup where the light inside of these mirrors allows you to see in, while reflecting back and forth, appearing to multiply and stretch to “Infinity”

At some point in the last few years I decided to make one of these setups, but after buying some of the parts, this project just kind of sat there waiting to be made. A few years later, now with access to a router that let me easily put 1/8 inch slots to hold the mirrors in strips of wood, I finally made it. Besides an 1/8 inch bit for my router and the one-way mirrors over a year ago, I don’t think I bout any parts for this contraption.

You’ve likely seen this kind of “infinity mirror” effect at a gym or anywhere where you stand between two mirrors. Or, as I ramblingly put it in my “howto” video below, this kind of thing was also seen in the movie Enter the Dragon. It really is an excellent movie, and though I do appreciate cheesy Kung Fu movies for their comedic value and obvious influence on later video games, such as Mortal Kombat and Tekken, that one really stands out as an entertaining movie comedy value aside.

Infinity Mirror Build Details

As for the build, it stands at 15″ high and 7″ wide. It’s made out of furring strips that I had left over from another project. They are about 2 1/2 inches wide, just big enough for Read more »

An Extremely Simple DIY Router Table

Not at all what the final product looked like!

Not at all what the final product looked like!

In preparation for another project, it seems that a wood router will be very useful. Using a manual milling machine to cut groves, while it works, isn’t the best way to do this, so it seems. There are some advantages to coming from an engineering/metalworking background, but sometimes I may miss some woodworking tools that others take for granted.

After a quick tour of a friend’s shop, I was convinced that I needed to put my router in a table to make things much easier. As I’d already spent quite a bit of money on the router itself, I decided to modify my table to fit it myself.

Traditionally, the fence would move in a linear fashion, but for something extremely simple I instead fastened it in one point. This means that as the 2×4 rotates, the distance between the cutting tool and the workpiece varies. In theory, this would mean I could cut grooves at any distance, though precision in the range that true cabinet makers expect likely wouldn’t be possible. I don’t need to be that precise at this point, so this seemed like a quick and dirty way to get a table working. Check out the video below to see how it was done.

If you’re wondering where I got this beefy 2×4 table, I wrote up instructions as a sponsored post on Realty Times. Sponsored or not, I’m quite happy with the results. As for the router, it can be found here on Amazon.

GoPro and Lighting Fixture From EMT Conduit

clamp-intro-1Sometimes ideas come together with the right parts to create something unexpected. After receiving a sample of Maker Pipe parts to examine, I procured several lengths of 3/4 inch EMT conduit to use it with. These parts are very much in their infancy, so it’s really cool to get a preview of this construction tool.

As cool as they are, after cutting conduit to the right length, it hit me that this type of conduit could instead be used with clamp lights to create an overhead lighting fixture. Though I sometimes wonder why I have so many unfinished projects, I immediately set this project aside to attach one of these pipes to my ceiling. The results can be seen in the video below:

Though I haven’t yet made the pipe cube I originally intended to, I did end up using Maker Pipe parts in this project. Someone had mentioned that another angle (or two actually) for my videos would improve the presentation. As seen in the second half of the video, I used this connection hardware to attach another piece of pipe vertically, creating a great mount for my GoPro camera.

The downside to my setup, with cord holding the conduit to the ceiling, is that the fixture tends to sway ever so slightly. Probably not a big deal for lighting, but it can be distracting while filming. Perhaps if I let it settle down for a while before things start, that would help.

I suppose not-quite-perfection what happens when inspiration strikes for a second time when your project is nearly done! You can see overhead video results at around 3:40. Not perfect, but it should make a fun new angle.

I’m curious as to what people think about my voice narration versus subtitles on this video. If you have an opinion, please let me know here or on the video comments! Also, any comments about the very end would be welcome too!