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!

GoPro Voice Panning Fixture

I recently purchased a GoPro Hero5 Black (Amazon), which after some initial reservations on my part, appears to be a giant step forward for documenting my projects. Hopefully I can do a full review elsewhere, but one thing that I think will be very useful—even though I thought it was a bit of a gimmick when I first read about it—is its voice control capability. This means that I can now take a picture of myself operating a drill naturally, or start and stop video snippets when needed, rather than filming way too much and editing later. It’s paid dividends already, and was used extensively while making the video seen here:

As for what it is, soon after getting this camera, it occurred to me that voice control would be an excellent way to interface with the GoPro Hero5 using a microcontroller. I should say, an excellent way for me to do this, a mechanical engineer with a decent grasp on basic electronics and programming, but not well-equipped to sniff out network signals or whatever. The idea was that I could record voice commands, Read more »

2017 Goals and 2016 Results





First of all, thanks for reading, and/or following my exploits in whatever form they take. Hopefully you’ll see me around the Internet or wherever even more in 2017, so be sure to say ‘hello!’

If you’ve been following this blog or my work for a while, you may have noticed that I try to do a yearly update post on results and goals. I think it’s healthy to reflect once in a while about where I’ve succeeded and failed, and what I actually want to do writing-wise next year. This year is a little different, as “creating content” is now my full-time job since March, so I certainly have an advantage over 2016 Jeremy. That being said, here is where I stand right now:

2016 Results:

Per the last post like this, my goals were:

  • 4000 Total Followers on Twitter: I’m nowhere near this, at 1982 on my main @JeremySCook handle, and 915 on @DIYTripods (which isn’t really that active). 2897 isn’t bad, though nowhere near that goal. Still, it’s been a useful tool for contacting people and having them reach me, so I suppose that’s fine.
  • Write for 7 Customers, at least 1 of which I haven’t written for before: I wrote for Atmel, Makezine, Wired UK, and Popular Science, which I’ve done work for before. Additionally, Read more »