Practice Locks for Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder


Have you heard about Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder? It’s a three-day festival coming this September 18-20, 2015 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California, where you will “learn about exciting new DIY technologies, make cool stuff, immerse yourself in an alternate reality adventure, hang out with nerd superstars*, and be surprised by cool special events you’ll never forget.”


I’ll be one of the event’s special guests, there to present nifty stuff and teach interesting skills. I’m currently planning a few workshops on locks — how they work, how to open them in unconventional ways, and how to make your own associated tools.


These are just a few example locks I’ll be bringing to help people learn and practice their new skills. These represent a variety of common wafer locks, pin tumbler locks, warded locks, and combination locks that you may encounter in the course of daily life/secret operations/ninja-ing around.

Hope to see you there!


*My first time being called a “nerd superstar”. And I kinda like it.

Pick part two

More good stuff from the heart of Burbank picking.



Wood handled screwdrivers



Spiral screwdriver, adjustable wrench, box wrench, pliers




Snap-on 1/4″ x 5/16″ ratchet box wrench, German thread nipper




Craftsman tape measure, Ma Bell keychain with screw drivers, feeler gauges, hex drivers




Weird hammer, weird DTMF phone keypad box…


I’m looking forward to digging into this phone keypad box. I’d love to hear from anyone with info on this hammer.




Estate sale haul 

Burbank garages are full of great old stuff. 

Pratt & Whitney end mills

Mine Safety Appliances Co. safety harness


Lyon steel lockers


Dayton Electric metal cutting shears


General Electric DC volt meter


Scout stapler


Trombero Carlson powered handsets


yet another hammer


Dieselpunk bicycle fender

My daughter loves her new bike. My daughter loves wearing skirts over bicycle shorts. My daughter’s skirts touch the rear wheel and get dirty. I built a rear fender for her bike.

I used aluminum flashing, overlapping three sheets.

I attempted to spot weld them together, but this was too powerful. Mostly, I melted holes through the flashing.

This turned out to be a good way to “drill” holes.

Which I then bored out with an awl and used pop rivets to fasten.

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