Sunday, August 16, 2009

I got the gears all cut out (it was a work in progress, and stil is, seeing s i cut them out to Exactly fit together, and that was simply too tight, and it wouldnt turn.

I adjusted the 2 blue gears (just a tad smaller), and finally cut out the front piece. We hit the hardware store today to find some paints to color them. After painting them, we deided to change the colors up, and we are going for Red on the Front and Back parts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This is the beginning of the Geared Cornice Box for the boys room.

Here is the drawing for the cornice box.

Here it is hung on the wall, unpainted

Here it is with the first set of colors we chose for it. (Its scheduled for a repainting VERY soon)

Here is the front of a Toybox i made for my son, on behalf of my wife.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Moving to California

So we have moved to California. Boy this had been a chance of scenery. The weather is good enough, and has been good enough that i have only wanted air conditioning about 3 times in as many months.

I find myself in an interesting situation. No ones knows who i am here, and so no one has asked me to "help" with anything. In Texas i was helping people all the time, and my days/weeks were full of activities. Here, i am sort of an unknown quantity. Additionally, i don't have a commercial outlet for my machining ability. Needles to saw, we have been using my machine, just not for the same kinds of things we did in Texas.

Mainly we have been making things for Us, The Californian Barry Family (boy that looks weird). We have a custom Name Plate over the Front Door. And i have made a few things for the kids. We had the idea of making Shields and Swords for the kids (We left their old DIY Swords in Texas) but made them completely custom, by having whatever the kids wanted on them. So as of now, we have one T-Rex and one Triceratops Shield. Take that Toys R Us.

Late last night i had the machine cut out some custom Brackets for hanging Curtains over the windows. Our kids really love Blinds, so much so that about 98% f the blinds in our home are broken already, so we have opted to remove them, and get blackout curtains instead. The custom part is that they will attach to either end of the window frame, and hold up a Closet Hanger Rod (Large Wooden Dowel), and in turn they will have a fascia board attached to the front that will allow us to have "Themed" Cornice Boxes for the window Treatments. I'll have to post a picture of this, to be more clear, but simply, the rod can be lifted out strait up (The Cornice Box has no top). The hope is that they'll be "Kid Resistant to 30m" at least.

Last Week my Wife got lost trying to take a screwy street towards a park and passed a place with a large sign stating "Free Wood" When i made it back over there, there was a TON of wood, It looks to be from several large crates. Not the hardest material (its knotty Pine) but it will work for several things we have wanted to build.

I've also gotten my new machine to the point in construction where it was Before we moved. Unfortunately the move had some unforeseen consequences to my Budget, and it may be a while before it is up and running.

Monday, March 23, 2009


My friend had the idea of branching out into clocks. This represents my first scale replica. This is my friends badge and I scaled it up to create the clock.(I thought that since it was his idea he could be the guinea pig)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Update on the Game Table.

In discussion with my gaming buddies this moon-scape map (MoonQ20, for all you Gamers out there) was selected for as the next attempt.

There are several problems with machining these maps. Sharp changes in elevation, ie. cliffs, cause the most trouble. If I don't take this into account (and I am discovering that I am a "learn from hard experience kind of guy") then the machine crashes into the cliff and messes the whole carving up. My bits can only accommodate an inch, so I have to plan around the places where it needs to carve deeper than that.

I want this to be a coffee table with glass over the carving...and if I am feeling really ambitious then I'd like to paint this a gray (with a hint of blue) and speckle it with some black atop the "ridges".

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

video game map

I play a video game called Total Annihilation Spring. The game has lots of different maps to play on. One of the programmers let me use his map file to see if I could carve it on my machine. This is a very rough first try. I forgot to plan for a grade change too deep for my bit and it threw the whole carving off. It is a possibility novelty coffee table of your favorite map for those hard core gamers out there =).

Iris bathroom cupboards

Pre-installation: 2(of 4) doors with Iris arrangements carved into them.

Post installation and staining.

What do you think?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Been working on several projects of the last little while.

There is a special industry that has fascinated me ever since i came in contact with it. Industrial / Refinery Firefighting.

A friend of mine, Chauncey Naylor, is the Chief Firefighter (and hes married to the boss's daughter) asked me about turning their company logo into a 3D carving.

He gave me a copy of his logo (seen here)

Simply put, This is the result.