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Plein air drawing shelter

March 23, 2020

  For the last year, each week I’ve been joining several friends to seek out places around our area to set-up and paint landscape on the spot. This is Stu. One of my Plein air pals. My oil painting friends set up their tripods and stand in the elements until their painting is rendered. I…

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DIY surgical mask

March 22, 2020

As of this writing the Covid 19 Corona virus is spreading so fast that the preferred N95 disposable surgical masks are becoming quite scarce. Not many contagion tests are being administered on the general public as of yet, so you or I could be a walking Typhoid Mary. What if I develop a cough or…

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Pedal blender

October 16, 2019

    This is my latest project, the pedal blender.                        

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Cooking oil candle stove

May 12, 2019

  I made this heater/stove for a small push cart shelter. For the main housing I used a Costco peanut can. This top view with the lid off shows the three vegetable oil candles. To make the you first need a floating wick. I used a small 3/8″ length of wine cork. I drilled a…

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Ammo box stove

May 10, 2019

This was my version of the air tight Ammo stove. The box I had was pretty small in comparison to others I’d seen. It was fun to build but the fire wouldn’t last for more than a half hour. I was hoping for a longer burn time. The bolt on the front (left) of the…

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Mouse trap race car

May 9, 2019

In my old shop at Boeing they use to have challenges to keep up moral. This was the mouse trap car challenge. Not for speed, but for distance. All the engineers and floor workers would compete. It was serious business. On the green mat are several materials I tried out before settling for foam board.…

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DIY car top carrier

May 9, 2019

Here I am playing around again with a $20 sheet of 4×8 foot 4mm thick fluted plastic. I thought I’d make a car top carrier. I buy my fluted plastic at Laird Plastics Inc. (206-623-4900) in downtown Seattle Washington where they stock several thicknesses, sizes and color choices. Made with zip ties and held down…

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Paint can swamp cooler

May 8, 2019

This was an attempt at making a small traveling swamp cooler for a vehicle without air conditioning. The fan sucked air thru the small holes on the sides and thru the damp cloth wall lining. A small fountain pump pushed water up to the round tube. Multiple holes were drilled on the bottom of the…

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Vintage camper bird house

April 14, 2019

This was made using 1/2″ thick CDX plywood and aluminum sheeting. I made the wheels by turning round stock on my drill press. The silver frame was made of 3/16″ diameter steel rod. The propane tanks are 1″ tubing welded to the frame covered with two rubber stool foot pads. The side wall edges were…

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Paint can stilts

April 14, 2019

This as a great way to get at the things that are just beyond reach. Made with two paint cans, one 34″ rubber strap (cut in two) pipe insulation and duct tape. These help me cut around the ceiling when painting a room. The rubber strap simply wraps around your heal to keep the front…

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