Here is a fun and easy project I put together quickly and inexpensively. It is the Walking Desk. Standing desks are all the rage these days. They supposedly have a lot of health
benefits vs sitting on our butts at a traditional desk. My problem is that my feet get sore and tired when I stand in one place for too long, but if I am moving, I can stay
on my feet pretty much all day. So I decided to make myself a walking desk out of an old thrift store treadmill and some pre-finished shelving. I spend a lot of time each
day on the computer. Now I can do it while walking. It gets me out of my desk chair, helps my circulation, keeps me active, and the extra exercise might even help me lose some more weight.
Walking slowly on a flat surface is good for most activities. It takes a little practice to get good at typing and mousing while walking. For less interactive things like
watching Youtube videos or just reading, I can walk faster, or even increase the incline of the treadmill to increase the effort. Check out the video. You might even want to
make a walking desk yourself.
Searching for Forrest Fenn's treasure hidden somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico is something that has consumed a lot of my free time over the last few years.
Not just the actual boots on the ground searching out in the mountains while on my vacations, but also lots of thinking, investigating, researching and strategizing has gone into
it. I spend a lot of time on blogs dedicated to the treasure hunt. I finally decided it was time to have one of my own. A place to post
my own ideas, adventures, discoveries and whatnot. Check it out.
I finally got around to posting a write-up on how I built a home-made swamp cooler for my remote, off-grid cabin in Arizona. It was a quick, easy and
inexpensive build, using easy to find parts, and it works great to keep the temperature inside the cabin comfy on hot days.
Check it out.
I needed to make a whole lot of identical parts. I had been making them one at a time. Eventually I realized I was doing it the hard way, and came up with
something better. Vacuum Forming! It allows me to make duplicates of parts quickly, easily, and cheaply.
Here is a neat project I just completed. It is a Raspberry Pie based all in one computer.
It was easy and fun to build.
It neatens up my Raspberry Pi computer, and makes experimenting with it a lot easier. It looks quite sleek and professional too, if I do say
so myself. Check it out.
My Home-Built Biomass Gasifier. A biomass gasifier is a chemical reactor that converts wood, or other biomass substances,
into a combustible gas that can be burned for heating, cooking, or for running an internal combustion engine.
My Home-Built Ramp/Soak Kiln Controller. An 8-segment ramp/soak kiln controller I use to control my kilns for
casting my own telescope mirrors.
My Improvised Generator. an improvised DC generator
built from an old lawn edger and a permanent magnet DC motor. The inspiration behind this generator was to have a cheap way to charge up my battery
banks on days when the weather is cloudy and calm, and my solar panels and
wind turbine aren't providing much energy.
A New and Improved Charge Controller Design. This is a project I have been working on for a while. I wanted to re-design
The charge controller I use with my wind turbine and
solar panels because of the huge volume of emails I get from people who
are having problems trying to build a copy of the controller. I wanted to simplify the charge controller circuit, lower the part count, and use
easier to find parts. I think I succeeded on all counts. Check it out.
Making My Own Soap. I've been making my own soap for quite a while now. I love my soap. Check out the recipe. You might like it too.
Repairing the temperature and compass display in my Toyota Tacoma. Failure of this display unit seems to be a fairly
common problem. Repair or replacement costs can be astronomical. Doing it yourself can save you a bundle. If you have this problem,
check out the fix.
My Quick and Easy Car Laptop Tray. How I built an inexpensive laptop / notebook computer tray
for my Toyota Tacoma Pickup. It was easy. You can do it too. This project ought to be adaptable to any vehicle with a center console
Cutting Circles out of Glass. I needed to learn how to cut circles out of glass to make
my laminated telescope mirror blanks.
I actually had to learn how to do it twice, because the technique is different for thin and thick glass. Once I figured it out,
I made some videos to show others how to do it. They can be found a short way down the blank making page.
More to come. Stay tuned.