Yesterday I got annoyed with all of my lock picks being clumped together in a few different cases and sort of hard to find. So, I’m sewing part of the arm of an old leather jacket into a lock pick tool roll.
Happily, the leather is thin enough to work pretty easily on the sewing machine.
I just picked these up for two dollars at a yard sale: wooden USA made folding rule, small Japanese hammer in need of a grip repair, Bonney box wrench.
My 1967 Omega Constellation has a fresh look. I made a custom strap for it that is sized to my wrist and non-adjustable. I’d seen similar designs before, but didn’t way to pay for something that looked so simple to make. It turned out to be pretty easy using a few specialized tools, hardware, and a thin scrap of leather.
First, I cut the strip with a box cutter and straightedge.
Next, I used a small leather punch and mallet to make a clean hole for a screw-in button stud.
After measuring the strap on my wrist, I marked a spot for the button hole. I used a specialized tool that creates a slit and properly sized hole, when struck with a mallet.
Then, I cut a small strip of leather to fold over and hold the strap end. I punched two holes in its ends and stitched them with waxed thread. I’m really happy with the result.
Super-Awesome Sylvia Todd and I have taken a photo together each year since her first Maker Faire in 2009. Often, we’ve held a photo of the previous year, sometimes recursively.
I created this recursion video in Maya to push into each previous year’s photo. Play it in a loop and we never, ever stop!
Can we all just agree that Lionel Messi looks like a younger, fitter Al Bundy?
I got a tip from a co-worker about an estate sale to clean out of of three garages owned by a retired Lockheed electronics technician. The guy certainly had a lot of stuff. I was pretty happy to trade $15 for this haul. See the rest here.