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Less Talk, More Do

Christopher Finke writes about things he has done.

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:51:03 +0000


Refinishing is Better Than Restarting

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:51:03 +0000

I’ve been busy with projects lately, but most of them are just cleaning up furniture that my wife Christina found at garage sales. Here’s a summary of all of my refinishings over the last few months. Christina found this rolling wooden cart at a garage sale, and I refreshed the finish on the top and […]

I Built a Set of Cabinets with CNC-Carved Doors

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:51:37 +0000

The area above our washer and dryer (not pictured) was mostly wasted space, so my wife asked me to build some custom cabinets. (Actually, she said, “Can you just buy some cabinets for above the washer and dryer? You really don’t have to build custom ones. I just want something better than this shelf. Anything. […]

Repainting a Razor Powerwing Scooter

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:26:19 +0000

My wife found a pair of Razor Powerwing scooters at a garage sale for $11 each and picked them up to give to our sons on their birthdays in a couple months. Both were in good condition, but one was black and one was pink.   I decided to repaint the pink scooter to avoid the […]

Today’s CNC Carving: A Chisel Rack

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:59:02 +0000

In today’s “new meets old” news, I’ve used my CNC router to carve a rack for my chisels. I designed the rack in Easel, Inventables’s CAD/CAM software, which only took a few minutes. The chisel holders are just circles superimposed on rectangles to allow each individual chisel to fit vertically in the rack, and the […]

Generating Dovetails in OpenSCAD

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:12:37 +0000

I’ve written an OpenSCAD library for generating dovetail pins and tails. No longer will beautiful dovetail joints be solely in the domain of skilled woodworkers; now, anyone with a 3-D printer or CNC router can participate too. Include it in your OpenSCAD script like so: use ; dovetail_pins() will generate just the pins of a […]

Today’s CNC Carving: Doll Bunk Bed Insert

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:10:08 +0000

My wife and I decided that we were spending far too much money on factory-carved objects, so we bought our own CNC router — a 1000mm X-Carve from Inventables. I finished setting it up today, and the first carving on the agenda was a replacement insert for my daughter’s doll bunk bed: The bed broke […]

Improve your Christmas gift opening with Randomizer

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:56:18 +0000

My wife and I wanted to find a way to do an orderly one-at-a-time Christmas gift opening this year rather than the usual everyone-at-once free-for-all, but while also still keeping all the kids mentally present, rather than having them zone out until it was their turn. We decided to randomly choose the next person to […]

Ryuki, a magazine variation on the Ryu WordPress theme

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:44:04 +0000

I’ve been using the beautiful Ryu theme by Takashi Irie on this site for a couple of years, but I’ve always wanted to have the homepage display more than just my latest posts. To address this, I’ve written a child theme for Ryu that allows you to select categories to feature on the homepage alongside […]