Dec 08

Book shelf

Our friends gave us something that looks like a useless bookcase. It had 3 shelves, but space there was too low and too deep. Back wall was partially missing. I needed a bookcase for my office.
I removed one shelf, moved the other to the middle (I had to drill a few holes to do it, therefore I consider it a project and put on my project web site), and completely removed the back wall. I’ve got a nice bookcase accessible from front and back sides with plenty of room for my books. I wonder how did live without it?

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Oct 08

New wheels for a bike

Boys got a cool but old bike (I mean, trike) from our neighbor. Rear wheels were in a pretty bad shape, and brake did not work.

Here are the old rear wheels feel up my trash can. Well, they still worked, but were quite noisy, and I was concerned, that boys can cut their skin with those nasty cracks in plastic if they fell on one.

I purchased new 10″ wheels in Harbor Freight for $6 a piece and installed them on a bike. I also finally fixed the brakes. Boys like to ride this bike from the hill down on our cul-de-sak, and they do it bare fit, so fixed brakes should save them some bleeding.

Oct 08

Very long road

Me and boys love hotwheels because we can combine multiple sets together. This time we build a very long road. It supposed to be perfectly straight, but even if it is, car’s weight bends it in vertical axis. We put a lot of stuff underneath the track to mitigate that. It is a challenge if track is long.

Boys usually build more sophisticated things out of it:

Sep 27

Panorama Photo

Let me show you some panorama photos I made. I usually publish my photo here:


However, these panoramas are not just photos, they are a project. First, I purchased a camera that make them. Second, I figured out how to display them. Unfortunately, IE does not show them quite properly (yet, you can see them even with IE). However, Google Chrome, Opera and FireFox work just fine.

Please move your mouse over the photo to scroll it

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Sep 26

Crap! My pants are haunted!

It is more than a month till the Halloween, but my pants are already haunted.

Now what? I guess, I need some kind of yellow eyes to put on top of it.
Anyways, nice jeans refurbishing idea. All my jeans have holes on a knee. I guess, due to Lego castle building with boys and such…

For those who did not get it: that supposed to be a vampire face with a pair of white teeth.

Sep 16

Cat claws sharpener

Yeah, we have got a cat. A good and smart one. Not smart enough to clip his claws with scissors though. Fortunately, I’ve got some scrap wood and carpet to make a claws sharpener tor him.

Of course, every project shall be tested. I have got some assistance there.

We also did some attempts to find alternative usage for that thing

Sep 07

Wooden Puzzle

Here is the puzzle I recently made.

It also requires a little ball. You insert a ball into the left hole, and turn the puzzle around to make it go out of the right hole. It is not that easy – check out the map!

You are welcome to copy my design and made a similar puzzle yourself. Here is the drilling diagram. (1), (2) and (3) means drillling depth. Squares indicate entrance and exit. All the other holes shall be closed. (I had to introduce some abberations into the picture so you can see both left and right sides at the same time. The real puzzle does not look like that – see the first picture.)

I’m pretty sure you can make it look nice than mine. I usually only have enough patience for proof-of-concept.