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Less Talk, More Do

Christopher Finke writes about things he has done.

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:55:06 +0000


I made shields out of satellite dishes

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:00:18 +0000

I recently had occasion to remove four satellite dishes from my roof that will never be used again. My 7-year-old son asked what I was going to do with them; I said I’d probably throw them in the trash. He said, “Or you could make some shields…” So I made some shields. It turns out […]

Programming My House: Multi-Circuit 3-Way Switches

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:00:11 +0000

I’ve been outfitting my home with “smart home” devices: light switches that I can turn on my with phone (or voice, via Amazon’s Alexa), hinges that report when doors open and close, and motion sensors that report activity around the house. I use Samsung’s SmartThings hub, which provides access to a handful of official “SmartApps” […] Will Be Shutting Down

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:00:17 +0000

In which I give up on my favorite domain name.

I Built a Treehouse

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:00:12 +0000

After we moved into our new house last month, my kids started asking for a treehouse.  I told them I’d need to see some plans before I could get started, and the next morning, I found this on my workbench: Fair enough.  The previous owners said that there had previously been a tree fort built […]

I Built a Tilt-Out Trash Can Cabinet

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:00:33 +0000

I’m going on a work trip later this month, and Christina asked me if I would be able to build something to hide the kitchen trash and recycling cans before I leave (and before her mom visits). Challenge accepted! We brainstormed and came up with a tilt-out cabinet design.  The first thing I did was […]

Today’s Functional Print: Twist-In Shelf Supports

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:00:59 +0000

In today’s “shake it up baby” news, I’ve printed some hard-to-find twist-in shelf supports. The shelves in our new living room have vertical metal tracks that don’t just accept a push-in support clip; the support must be turned 90º in order to interlock with the track. These supports aren’t sold at any of the national […]

This is a post. It’s a post about a post.

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:50:42 +0000

We just moved into a new house, and the 20-year-old signpost is showing its age. It had deteriorated at the bottom, so it was no longer set in a hole and was just leaning against a tree.  I decided to restore it and make use of a gift that the previous homeowners had left us. […]

Create LEGO-compatible Angle Plates with LEGO.scad

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:37:06 +0000

In response to a comment here, I wrote the first OpenSCAD module for generating complex brick shapes using my LEGO.scad project. LEGO.scad is great for creating bricks and wings of all shapes and sizes, but it isn’t suitable for making complicated shapes like angle plates. LEGO sells 90º angle plates (pictured); the new module can […]