bmink’s shop journal

Spendy, yes. But those three words mean you wont be let down in the middle of a big project (or anytime, really).

What a comically large box 😆

When I started out, I used to buy pocket screws in those tiny 50-piece boxes. Now I keep buying larger and larger size boxes but I always seem to go through them pretty fast.

It was a nice calm fall day which I used to apply 10 coats of spray lacquer to the tops of the nightstands.

The scroll saw is not just for artistic / decorative work; it’s an all-around very useful tool in the shop. Here I used it to cut some round knobs quickly and without any fuss.

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.