A Fun Recipe for Kitchen Chemistry

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Chemistry is all around us every day. And now, it’s all over my father-in-laws refrigerator, too. My father-in-law is a chemical engineer and a kitchen chemist in his free time. My wife and I thought that the chemistry equivalent of poetry fridge magnets would be the perfect Christmas gift for him. The concept is pretty simple, find […]

Salvage – It’s Not Just for Sinking Boats

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What do you do when your beloved printer, scanner, blender, or remote controlled car breaks? I’m glad you asked because this weeks’ post is about salvage. I’m going to use my experience to help you quickly sift through the junk and help you find the good stuff. sal·vage ( sal-vij )  – To rescue or […]

A Twist to Build a Dream On

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Some projects, like this deburring/countersinking tool sit on the back-burner for a long time. Dusting them off to finish the job feels like sharing a meal with an old friend. This deburring tool is a handy way I came up with to reduce the amount of time I spend switching between drill bits and countersinking […]

Hot Rod Red Robot Controller

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I’ve always believed in working harder by working smarter. So when I do a task more than once, I take a minute to consider if I could make life easier for myself by making a tool, gadget, or program like this controller that will keep me moving forward instead of being stuck in the doldrums. […]

Set your Creativity Adrift

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If you like the beach like I do, here’s a way to literally bring a piece of it home… and not look like a packrat. Also, you can make a nice decorative piece for your mantle, coffee table, or end table. Like many newly-married couples, my wife and I are working on dressing up our […]

Wooden Time Machine

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I don’t know how to start this introduction, but the punchline is: If you don’t want to go broke buying picture frames made from reclaimed wood that is probably just chemically treated  new lumber, then spend between $10 and $20 and a couple hours making your own. I did and this is how I did it. […]

Build a Virtual Anything with Cardboard

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What do you get when you combine two parts velcro, two parts magnet, two parts glass, and fold them into a little bit of cardboard? According to Google, that’s how you get a glimpse of the future… and the view is GREAT! In June of 2014 at the Google I/O event, a team of three […]

Seven Segments… What More Could You Need?

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Seven-segment displays are pretty useful tools for taking a project from indicator lamps to actual human-machine interaction. The only problem is, one digit of one display adds 7 outputs that you have to drive (or sink) and that doesn’t leave many signals for the process. How do you overcome this hurdle? Well, electronics engineers thought […]

Integration… It’s not just about that silly ‘S’

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Many years ago, I got about a dozen 16×16 bi-color LED display panels that were a part of a broken segment on a marquis. Until now, they’ve been sitting in my spare parts cabinet just waiting for a project to come up. Nothing has and now space has become a premium, so it’s time to […]

Featured Artist Nameplates

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As engineers, my wife and I are constantly using our left brains, so we find it’s nice to quit analyzing and get creative. I’m building that these nameplates will add some sophistication to our little hallway amateur art gallery. Between my dad’s and my sister’s photography, my wife’s paintings and drawings, and my wife’s best friend’s paintings, we […]