Mirror hang

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Finally decided to hang the full-length mirror on the closet door today. So I grabbed a bag of tools.

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Marked and drilled some holes.

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Made some sawdust. Or whatever you call MDF spirals.

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Realized the depth of the mounting brackets was too deep and would need some double-stick tape padding.

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Laser Cut Acrylic Mailbox Door Fix

The glass door of our mailbox fell off and shattered spectacularly last week. I decided to fix it by building a new door out of acrylic on Betty, my Epilog laser cutter.

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I began by measuring the space and drafting it in Rhino. I created a closed polyline curve for vector cutting of the shape, and a solid text hatch for raster etching the word “LETTERS”. I then sent this file to print on the laster cutter.

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For some reason the only piece I had big enough (roughly 14″x8″) was the blue acrylic I used for my Arduino Grande  project. So we’ll be the people with a blue mailbox door and an orange house door. Subtle.

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I donned my air filtration mask, as the fumes that come from laser cutting acrylic smell like saccharine death fumes from the planet Huffbag.

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Vertical Pole Build

When I publicly commit to kooky goals, such as training for a Festivus-like, barren-pole feat of strength, there may be some DIY gymnastics/parkour equipment-building involved.
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Rather than digging a post hole and planting a pole in concrete (which I’ll be doing for more elaborate future project) I decided to mount a pole to the wooden playset in the backyard. (I checked with my kids first — they were cool with it.)
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I got a 10′ length of 1-1/2″ O.D. galvanized Schedule 40 steel pipe and cut it down to 6′. I don’t own a pipe threader, and the one at my local hardware store is down for maintenance, so I opted to press fit (as in, with a deadblow hammer) the pipe into threaded elbows.

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Human Flag Goal Unlocked

I did it.

I did it

Remember back in May, when I did this?

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And then trained like this?

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Well, thanks to my Pilates trainer Jaime Rutt, and a lot of bodyweight workouts, today I did this:

I managed an eight second flag. For people keeping score at home, that’s about 12% of the current world record of 65 seconds. Pretty sure I’ll be showing this off at every party, bus stop, and playground I encounter from here on out.