Making, Crafting, Creating... aka Whatcha workin' on?

In my never-ending list of home improvements, I’ve made some more progress on some basement storage. This is a much cruder setup than my previous shelves- they’re supposed to (vaguely) channel Tom Sachs, and so plywood was the order of the day. And if I’m going to keep making stuff like this, I’m going to need a table saw. Just saying.

There’s a bunch more fickle tidying to do, and I’m sure I’ll be hacking/reworking/redoing it for the foreseeable future. Regardless, it’s one more thing ticked off the list.
And no, that’s not all the cameras. And yes, that wiring needs to by reworked so it’s not a sloppy mess. And so on.


What is in all the metal drawers?

Small parts storage, mostly.
Left two red units hold a weird collection of stuff- locks (and lock picks), mix tapes, small c-clamps, etc etc. The right two grey ones hold fly tying materials- fur, hair, feathers, beads, thread, etc etc.
Not the most exciting collection, but that’s why it’s in the basement.


A colleague showed an interest in my old DOS tutorial so I’ve spent some time expanding on it. Just started writing a section on using pipes, added the FIND command, and made things prettier. Not sure if anyone here would find it interesting / useful but if I get it nice enough, I’ll release it under CC BY-ND or something.


Some day I want something like that were I can open a drawer and show off my rock collection. I was thinking those cheap drawer tool chests might work from Harbor Freight.

It’s officially summer break, so I get to spend some big chunks of time bein’ crafty. Yesterday, I embroidered parts of my purse:

I also dyed an old shirt and a t-shirt and need to add embroidery to the former and freezer-paper stenciling to the latter. More on those when they’re done.


The Field Museum (in Chicago, naturally!) has excellent specimen drawers of all types, depending on the item. Since rocks don’t deteriorate the way dead animals do, they’re kept in open drawers:


Mine are just IKEA:
About $40 each. All metal, so pretty ok in that way. No ball-bearing extension slides or anything fancy like that.
I suspect with some thin craft foam and whatnot you could make pretty nice specimen drawers out of them.

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Taking the week off work in hopes of putting the engine into this by Memorial day.




Haha. Ok you win the internets today.


It was a toss-up whether I should respond to that comment or your follow-up about “I’d like to be able to open my drawers and show off my rock collection.”


Just finished some knitting:

It’s the Barley Hat from Tin Can Knits. The yarn is Everyday Soft Worsted, a surprisingly nice acrylic. I’m donating the hat to Halos of Hope, and I’m hoping to finish at least five more hats for them before the end of my summer break.


As someone who appreciated getting my own hat once upon a time (nothing like chemo during the winter in Chicago), I thank you personally! Honestly, my hat wasn’t anywhere near as well made or pretty as yours.


Awwww, you are welcome and thank you! I feel like it’s the least I can do to help people who are going through some horrible stuff.


And today, I made a log:

Our non-operational fireplace needed a placeholder, and I had this fabric in my stash, so it seemed like a good idea. No pattern used - I just winged it. I sewed a few darts lengthwise and widthwise and cut the end circles imperfectly, so it wouldn’t end up just being a plain cylinder.

I forgot to measure the fireplace before cutting out the fabric, so I was pleased to find that it fit!


I like to make stuff- I suppose that’s why I post to this thread and all.
This one isn’t an improvement to my house or something useful- it’s what I’m going to call an “impossible artifact.”
Imagine that Apollo era NASA decided to send a set of brass knuckles to the moon on a mission. What might those look like? What if I had to make something like that?
So: ceramic “brass” knuckles, with a 3/8" hex head wrench included. They split a bit during drying, so they’re drilled and wired as well. All the red text is embossed into the clay freehand, and they’ve been “downrated” to “Class III” and thus aren’t currently approved for flight.
They’ll likely get a simple paracord lanyard in the future, too- you wouldn’t want these floating off on you. They’re weird and they’re mine.
I think I’ve maybe been listening to Adam Savage and Tom Sachs a little too much, as this seems like the sort of thing that’d come out of one of their created universes.


While part of me appreciates this, and other part wonders why you didn’t just go get some logs or drift wood to decorate it?

I got mine off craigslist for a song. I highly recommend the new portable contractor saws, they’re really light and easy to store away.

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That would cost actual money! Whereas the log I made was already paid for, since I had all the ingredients in my stash. Plus I like makin’ stuff.