Steel Side Chair Steal

Got this today for ten dollars: a 1964 steel side chair made by the Harter Corporation in Sturgis, Michigan. It was property of Lockheed-California a division of Lockheed Aircraft here in Burbank.

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I tested out stripping the paint and love the way it looks, so I plan to strip it down to brushed metal and then maybe protect it with clear coat or oil.

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Making a Gourd Shaker

 

My daughter Beatrix and I decided to make a gourd shaker today. The seriously autumnal decorative gourd had dried out on its own between Halloween and today, so all we had to do was drill a hole, pull out the dried guts and seeds using a hook fashioned from a piece of spring steel, fill with rice and dried corn, shave a cork down to size, and hot glue it in place. A really fun project for us both.

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And now, Bea’s first solo gourd shaker performance. The flair move at the end!

Estate Sale Report

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Bolt cutters in collapsed mode

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Bolt cutters ready for action

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Lovely screwdriver

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Broken wrench? Somebody doesn’t take no for an answer. Weld that back up.

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Vlchek open end wrench

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Regular screwdriver, giant hand

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Sweet tape measure

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I will buy every Estwing hammer I run across. This is a 12oz.

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Repaired ballpeen

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Mason hammer

 

How to Make a Baymax-o’-lantern

Here’s how I made a quick Baymax-o’-lantern from a squat, white pumpkin.

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I’m not Baymax. I’m not in focus, either.

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Hi there. This doesn’t hurt.

 

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Sorry pumpkin. It’s hand brace and auger bit time.

 

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Don’t come near me with that thing!

 

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Pretty curls. And orange guts!

 

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I saw that.

 

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All clean. Wish I’d kept the line a bit thinner.

 

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Hairy baby.

 

Gear Cube

I’m giving a talk about desktop 3D printing at Disney for an internal symposium on creativity. While there has been a lot of industrial 3D printing at Disney for many years, the immediacy and accessibility of inexpensive desktop 3D printers changes how we interact with out digital designs. Creative iteration is the key — I find it incredibly empowering to print a work-in-progress character or prop model any time I want to show it to others for feedback.

I’ll be giving a brief history of desktop 3D printing, starting with the RepRap project, show examples of how we’ve used 3D printing at Disneytoon Studios, talk about some future developments in desktop 3D printing, and discuss what the maker community is up to in this space.

In preparation, I’m printing a few examples of popular objects on Thingiverse. Here’s the gear cube:

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Disney Research

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I’m thrilled to announce my new position as a Producer at Disney Research! Starting in December, I’ll be working to share the research scientists’ innovations in areas including robotics, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and computational materials with the other divisions of Disney. It’ll draw upon both my maker and CG animation experiences. Should this somehow lead to airborne swarms of tiny Imagineering spider drones assisting us all with our luggage at Shanghai Disneyland, my dreams will have been realized.

Motorbike

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A friend told me he bought a little 70s motorcycle from a guy. Turns out it was used by the Shriners. Turns out it’s not working. Turns out it’s a 1975 Honda CB125S. Turns out he wants to sell it.

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I will make it mine. I will tear it down and rebuild it. I have no idea what I’m doing. I can’t wait.