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New Garage Improvements

For the last year or so, I’ve been renting a house, and thus wasn’t able to make any large improvements. We finally found one to buy, and though the house itself is almost exactly what we want, the garage needed a few upgrades.

Perhaps “needed” was a bit of an exaggeration. If I was just using it for storage, there was nothing really wrong with it, but I’d wanted sealed floors for some time, and outlets were extremely limited. To solve these issues, I hired a local company to put in a Spartacote coating on the floor, and a local electrical company to put in three four-outlet boxes near where I’d be doing most of my work. I also set up storage for tools in parts, which turned out quite well. Check out my progress in the video below:

Note that I didn’t get paid by Spartacote or anyone else to make this video. I’m quite happy with how the floors turned out, but there are also DIY options that may work well for  your purposes.

I debated on whether I should put this video out, and what form it was going to take. Hopefully you find it interesting, and thanks to those that helped me hash it out! A lot of my work lately has concentrated on storage and practical improvements, which would seem to be the natural result of moving.

Wooden Warrior Dart Holder Reproduced Manually

As I put a lot of stuff out here, it’s always interesting to hear when someone has taken one of my designs and put his or her own spin on it. As outlined in the first post on the “wooden warrior,” my build was actually a spin on a knife holder by the creator of ESTLCAM, so when southeastern Michigan resident Ryan Laytart contacted me to say he’d made his own using non-CNC tools, I was naturally quite interested.

His version, actually “versions,” since he made two of these dart holders for a Star Wars marathon party, were made out of 1×6 pine for the warriors, and 1/4 inch plywood (like the original) for the base and shields. Unlike the original, besides using 1×6 pine, they are held together with screws instead of glue. Also the two shields are different, and darts rest in a notch cut inside the upward facing arm.

It took Laytart about 2 1/2 hours to complete these guys (board setup is shown here in time lapse format), which is probably a lot less time than it took me to draw and set everything up on my CNC. If you’ve made some version of a project I’ve done here, I’d love to hear about it. Please get in touch through the comments or via Twitter: @JeremySCook!

A DIY Red Robot Costume

img_6169-cropenhSo now that I have kids, one who can walk around quite well, I needed to procure a Halloween costume. The easy solution would be to buy something from one of 100 stores, but he mentioned that he wanted a “red robot.” Given my background, I obviously felt the need to instead make one for him.

Fortunately, he mentioned this months ahead of time, so I started keeping cardboard boxes in anticipation of eventually turning them into his desired robot costume. The results can be seen in the video below:

Overall, I was quite happy with how it turned out. My son loved it, and started talking in “beeps,” “boops,” and a robot voice, until he decided that he wanted to go on a slide and needed a better ability to walk around. At $15 or so in paint, and a bunch of recycled cardboard and electronic components that I had around my garage, it wasn’t expensive to build, but I doubt I saved any money over buying something at the store, especially if I was charging for my time. However, it was lots of fun to make, and it seemed like other people that we saw liked it as well.

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