Mando Photos

Sitting on the couch messing around on the mandolin inspired Melissa to snap a few shots with the 24mm. Melissa’s getting to be a pro with Lightroom!

Walnut Spinner

A couple shots of a walnut fidget spinner I made for Melissa’s birthday. The body and holders are made from a leftover end of a 12″x1″ walnut plank and are finished with BLO. The weights are tungsten, made for pinewood derby boxcars. The bearings, axle, and axle retainers are 304 stainless steel. All parts are press-fit (i.e. no glue required).

I admit the body took a couple of tries to get right. The secret ended up being to bore the holes for the weights and bearings out to their final diameter (21mm) before turning the body down to size and milling to shape by hand. FreeCAD again FTW. I included a photo of the drill press “farmers lathe”. If I end up doing more wood projects, I’ll look into a proper lathe.

Easter 2020

This Easter may have been a departure from the norm, and marks the first year we haven’t celebrated with family, but we’re healthy and safe and in the end that’s what matters. Today we explored Christman Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary in Delanson, NY. Below is a selection of my favorites, plus some bonus headshots!