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Less Talk, More Do

Christopher Finke writes about things he has done.

Last Build Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:58:35 +0000


Garbage Can Cabinet Medallions

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:58:35 +0000

Ever since I built our garbage and recycling cabinet last year, visitors to my home have been mystified as to where to throw away their trash, so I made some identifying medallions for the front of the cabinet with my X-Carve. They’re carved out of red oak (the same wood used for the top of […]

I Built a Shoe Cabinet

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:21:08 +0000

Our front entryway usually looks something like this: Those are bins to hold shoes; they’re uncharacteristically empty in this picture, but with as many as seven kids in the house at any given time, they’re usually overflowing (and not nice to look at). We decided to get a shoe cabinet to keep the shoes (and […]

Share an iPhoto Library on the Web with WordPress

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:20:58 +0000

I recently needed to publish the contents of an iPhoto library online, so I wrote a script that converts the library to a WordPress site using WordPress’s REST API.  The script is available in my iPhoto-WordPress-Export repository on GitHub. Check it out, and then run it like this: $ ./iphoto2wordpress.php --library=/path/to/photo/library --wordpress= After prompting for a […]

Putting 1940s Kodachrome Slides on the Web

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:48:49 +0000

When my wife Christina and I were cleaning out her late father’s garage, we came across two cases of Kodachrome slides that included nighttime shots of downtown Minneapolis in the 1940s and 1950s, pictures of daily life in nearby Hutchinson, Minnesota, and some World War II photographs, like this one of a group of soldiers […]

Functional Print and CNC Carving Mashup: Mini Air-Hockey Pucks

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:47:30 +0000

In today’s Don Rickles news, I 3D-printed and CNC carved some mini air-hockey pucks. We were given a mini air-hockey table this week, but it didn’t have any pucks, and after buying some at Walmart, we learned that the table didn’t use full-size pucks. After five minutes in OpenSCAD and half an hour of machining, […]

Box, the Sequel

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:42:45 +0000

In the comments of my last box-building post, Cain posted a link to a video tutorial for making a mitered box. I still needed storage for more 35mm slides, so I followed the tutorial to make a 35mm slide case out of quartersawn red oak. These are the sides of the box, plus a removable […]

I Made the Bower Power Industrial Tripod Fan

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:21:44 +0000

My wife came across this DIY tutorial from Bower Power on how to make your own industrial-style tripod fan, and she loved it. Of course, what my baby wants, my baby gets: I cut the tripod center on my CNC router because I still need to justify its purchase.  Leave a note in the comments if […]

My First Time Boxing

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:20:09 +0000

I’ve built lots of larger things, but small delicate pieces have always eluded me. Therefore, it is with great pride that I show off my latest project, a box for holding 35mm slides. The box is constructed of poplar planks, each about 5mm wide. I don’t have 5mm stock laying around, so I resawed it all […]