Just because I can perform a white glove field day (cleaning to near impossible standards) doesn’t mean I appreciate inspections of my living quarters. Still, as a renter, I am subject to at least one per year. Well, the least I can do is make the experience as unpleasant for them as possible for the grief they like to paper us with.
Luckily for me, they came knocking before I left this morning! I hope I emphasized “screens on the windows before our kids fall out of them” enough times for them to think about putting some in after numerous maintenance requests and emails have failed to prompt them. Our tap water (where it does work) is fucking yellow, okay? Assholes. Hope they enjoyed their earful of my list as much as I enjoy paying too much for this place.
Oh, the power of a list! Okay, so nobody likes a list of ‘unacceptable shit’ or ‘reasons you suck at <blank>.’ It’s just an ugly bludgeoning device. Lists are usually a force for good, though it still would be good if our shower mist and toilet visits were fanned out of the bathroom. Maybe before the optimal for fungus growing rainy season comes? Oh, it’s already here, never mind.
Well, I’ve sure been thinking about life pretty deep lately. If I can say anything for certain, it’s that I like to project. Like many poor souls with overactive minds and itchy hands, I have a few waiting to be finished and some waiting to be started. Being extremely challenged for space, I don’t have a ton of half-done projects laying around. When I do have space, well you get the idea!
Now, I have this glorious creation of mine, this milling machine. It’s not name-brand, top of the line, state of the art anything. What it is, is about the most machine I could conjure up for the smallest price I could summon. What to do with it? What can it do? Gosh, just about anything! I have been following Hackaday, and it’s really sparked my interests again. People making giant sized Lego bricks, experiments with UHF waves suspending water droplets, and other makers building ridiculous rendering machines like a tower climbing paint can wielding printing machine.
Looking around my house, I see possible projects in every disorganized corner. I could dream up projects all day! I do often find, especially when the projects start piling up, that I sometimes have to list them out and prioritize from that. After reading other blogs this week, I’ve been considering what to do with my online self and have been pondering doing videos and maybe even making a live presence on instagram. Maybe regular visibility or even a weekly blog will get things moving for me. I can’t say for certain, but I can say that as long as there’s a breath in me, I will be trying to fenagle (sp?) some kind of contraption together!
So, without further adieu, here is my current list of project ideas I’d like to tackle.
- Upgrade CNC drives.
- Add dust collection to CNC.
- Giant connect 4.
- Convert old cabinet to aquaponics system.
- Design and play with joinery on CNC.
- Model the Ikea designed grow room sphere.
- Make a Roomba device to clean our floors.
- Experiment with alternative clothes dryer.
- Fidget spinners for the kids.
- Wood bearings.
- Shelves and more shelves.
- Planter shelves.
- Bunk bed from pallets.
- Queen bed frame with drawers and headboard.
- 180 degree panel saw
- Holiday engravings.
- Shop smith powered drum sander.
- CNC capability for lathe.
- Full-function wood recovery machine.
- 3D printer
- Light up LED sign.
- Wooden gears.
- Phone mount.
- Phone case.
- Propellers and whirligig wings.
- Timing belt transmission.
- Juggling gear caddy.
- Hat rack.
- Deacons bench (out of pallets?)
- Tool boxes, cause you can never have enough!
- Spice rack.
- Build it yourself, educational motor kits.
- Table saw motor rebuild.
- Wind turbine from recycle-able materials (I know it’s been beat to death, but it’s so damn enticing)
- Monitor mount and accessory holder for CNC
- Coffee grinder mod.
- Espresso tamper.
- Folding wood boxes.
- Clothes hangers
Okay, I’m stretching for those last few, but I can guarantee I dream up another dozen projects before I actually complete a dozen of these. Some of these are projects I’d really like to see done and some are more simply flights of imagination. But hey, at least I still have that about me!
What do you think? Could I manage a weekly production on the topic of making stuff? Is there anything you would like to see made? Does anyone have any tips on doing a weekly video or live feed? Let me know!