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Less Talk, More Do

Christopher Finke writes about things he has done.

Last Build Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:59:31 +0000


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 […]

Our 2016 Christmas Letter

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:55:35 +0000

I am trying something new this year. Instead of typing out the Christmas letter, I am dictating it to our new digital assistant, Alexa. Hopefully, this will save me some time, as I will be able to take care of some other important tasks while I update you on our lives. Yeah, hi, could I […]

Alexa, start a new post called, “I’m blogging this with my voice.”

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:13:19 +0000

I’ve written and published an Alexa skill that lets you check your blog notifications, moderate comments, and start new draft posts on your or Jetpack-enabled blog, all by speaking to any Alexa-enabled device. The skill is called “Blog Helper“; you’ll find it in the Skills section of your Alexa app or by saying, “Alexa, […]

I Built a Tool Rack and Custom Tool Holders

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:04:55 +0000

We moved into a new house this summer, and it has a separate workshop with a built-in workbench. As I unpacked my tools, they ended up on the workbench in no particular order: If I ever wanted to be able to find any of my tools or have space to use them, I needed to […]