bmink’s shop journal

bmink is Barna Mink | I'm a professional computer programmer (now in engineering management) and a hobbyist maker / DIYer.

Been working on these nightstands, from a sheet of radiata pine plywood from HD.

Most woodworking content out there is about building, building, building. Much less is said about the simple pleasure of caring for already-built wooden objects. But it is one of my favorite things about wood... the way it ages beautifully with a little care and upkeep.

This is true for all wood, even humble & hard-working plywood. These feeders are put through their paces by our cats. Yet a little cleaning and oiling made them spring right back to life.

Not everyday that I laminate something that requires the use of literally all weights we own 😂

shopclock progress: some footage of the digital clock display fully prototyped out. The software is almost done, just a few kinks to work out.

Soldering 8x8 LED matrices to their backpacks. I already wrote a driver for the microcontrollers (HT16K33).

Restoration of another curbside pick. This poor metal chair was probably in someone’s backyard exposed to the elements for years before being tossed to the curb, based on all the rust and the shape the seat was in.

It was quick work. Treated the frame and fasteners for rust and painted the frame with a few coats of enamel. I cut a new seat from some pre-finished white cabined plywood I had laying around. The old seat will be sanded and salvaged for small projects.

Another specimen of my simple / sturdy / flexible shelf design. The concept can be scaled up or down easily to fit any space perfectly. This one was made from a single sheet of cheap sande plywood ($45), so all in all material costs were about $50. Like all my furniture it comes with ‘hidden’ adjustable leveling feet which is a handy feature in these old houses where nothing is really flat or true 😄