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Neighborhood Connections and Green Spaces

June 3, 2021 • Podcast

Useful Science Episode 54: Cultural Change

May 11, 2021 • Podcast

Making a mounted TV cabinet - Part 1

April 20, 2021 • Video

I got the idea to build a TV console cabinet with a built-in TV mount, which is much tidier and more flexible than mounting the TV to the wall. This is part 1 of 3, in which I weld and paint the metal frame.

Useful Science Episode 53: Food and Allergies

April 12, 2021 • Podcast

This tool cuts only one material in only one direction

April 5, 2021 • Video

Here's a quick video about my favorite obscure tool: The Saw Trax Coro-Claw. It's only job is to cut Coroplast (corrugated plastic) and it can only do it in one direction, along the flutes.

Keeping drill bits organized with a simple trick

March 22, 2021 • Video

I came up with a really simple way to make sure I always put my drill bits back in the right spot.

Useful Science Episode 52: Behavior Change

March 22, 2021 • Podcast

Making drill bit sorting trays with 3d printing

March 8, 2021 • Video

I hate all the little boxes that drill bits, router bits, and hex bits come in. They take up a lot of space in the drawer and add an extra step when you want to grab a bit. So, I design and 3d print trays to replace them and help organize my bit drawer.

Useful Science Episode 51: Parenting, Part 2

March 1, 2021 • Podcast

How to pain new steel

February 22, 2021 • Video

I'm building a TV console cabinet with a welded steel frame. I figured it would be a good opportunity to talk about my process for painting new steel. It takes a lot of prep work to get a good finish.

How to make end grain walnut cutting boards

February 15, 2021 • Video

In this video I make three end grain cutting boards out of walnut. They came out beautifully!

A tour of my workshop, and why I'm leaving

February 8, 2021 • Video

Here's a tour of my 900sf workshop in an enormous warehouse building in Oakland. I also talk about why I'm planning to move out.

Useful Science Episode 50: Parenting, Part 1

February 8, 2021 • Podcast

Using a 5-ton crane to take an aerial photo of my work shop

February 1, 2021 • Video

My shop is in a giant old warehouse building in Oakland. It has a 5-ton crane that runs along a track in the ceiling. I thought it would be interesting to attach a GoPro to it to get a top-down photo of the shop.

Using a cymbal stand as a mic stand | Why I love 3d printing

January 25, 2021 • Video

I model and print a thread adapter so I can use a cymbal stand from my drum set as a microphone stand, and ramble a bit about how I love 3d printing because it enables you to solve weird problems like this.

Making a 4' x 8' assembly table for my workshop

January 18, 2021 • Video

Building a 4' x 8' assembly table for my workshop. Built with a welded metal based, but will be used primarily for woodworking projects.

Useful Science Episode 49: Vaccine Skepticism

January 18, 2021 • Podcast

Maker Box Unboxing & 3D Printing Pugs

January 11, 2021 • Video

Every time I get a new 3D printer filament I print a pug as a test. Many of these filaments came from a Maker Box subscription. Let's unbox a Maker Box, see what filaments it came with, and print some new pugs for my pug army.

A tour of my old woodworking and metalworking shop

January 7, 2021 • Video

This is a tour I shot of my old shop last summer, just before packing it up and moving to my current location.

Adding a metal top to a wood table, for welding

January 4, 2021 • Video

I built this table years ago as an out-feed table for my table saw, but it was the only big work surface I had so I ended up using for everything, including welding. It's gotten really beat up, which has made not usable for other tasks. I decided I need dedicated tables for specific purposes. So I added some sheets of 12-gauge steel to turn this table into a full-time welding table. Later on I'll build additional tables for other purposes.

Useful Science Episode 48: Sleep and Lunch Breaks

December 28, 2020 • Podcast