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The Garage: A craft-y type thread for handypeople:

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1 drunkscriblerian17th Mar 2011 06:00:26 PM from Castle Geekhaven , Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Hopefully some of us have hobbies that don't exist on the Internet; woodworking, sewing, model painting, etc. Hang out in The Garage and talk about them! Share tips, photos of works-in-progress, and all that good stuff.

Myself, I'm into carpentry. I've been involved in making a strange contraption (will post pics tomorrow when/if I remember to take some) at work; it's designed to do the work of a $15,000 milling machine. It involves 4 circular saws, a winch, a long steel track and a lot of 2x4s. Pretty cool stuff, really.
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
2 blackcat17th Mar 2011 07:22:57 PM , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
I like this thread already.
Love extends the boundaries of what people can accept, but don't depend on it.
3 drunkscriblerian17th Mar 2011 07:29:36 PM from Castle Geekhaven , Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
The old folk's home needed a garage/shop, in my estimation.
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
Things make people happy
So one time I put together a portable kitchen with my dad to take on camping trips.

It was a pain to put together and I couldn't get my head around any of the tools and it ended up looking like a giant mess. It did technically work though.

That's my crafts story!
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5 Morven17th Mar 2011 10:55:01 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
I do a fair amount of DIY stuff. Paying a professional is generally too damn expensive for me. I've constructed some simple furniture from scratch (bookcases, small tables and the like).

At some point I plan to get back into model railroading, but that requires some innovation when one has cats and no spare bedrooms.
A brighter future for a darker age.
6 drunkscriblerian17th Mar 2011 11:02:56 PM from Castle Geekhaven , Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
I built this bookshelf out of scrap lumber from work; it was rough-sawn when I got it, had to plane and size it myself in addition to all the cutting and fitting.

BTW, that is cabinet-grade quartersawn white oak. For me to go out and buy that bookshelf, I'd spend about $5,000. Yeah, not letting go of it.
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
7 Morven17th Mar 2011 11:24:35 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Very nice.
A brighter future for a darker age.
8 Deboss18th Mar 2011 07:57:03 AM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I've done the "cinder block and wooden board" desk thing before.
9 OriDoodle18th Mar 2011 01:33:13 PM from One Step Ahead of the Spotlight , Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Queen Gosling
My boyo does some woodworking. He built me a planterbox. I do some sewing but it's been months since I took out my machine.
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10 blackcat18th Mar 2011 01:39:49 PM , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Mr. b and I just got done setting the posts for the fence we are putting around the garden. Now I am making dinner.
Love extends the boundaries of what people can accept, but don't depend on it.
11 drunkscriblerian18th Mar 2011 05:52:30 PM from Castle Geekhaven , Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Okay, as promised...pics of the Crazy Awesome "milling machine" we constructed at work.

  • The whole thing. The track is made from 3/8" steel plate; getting it level was a stone bitch.
  • A close-up of the sled. Yes, there are four circular saws attached to it. The reason for the differing brands is that one has the motor on the left, the other on the right.
  • The underside of the sled, showing the "business end".
  • We have to check each beam for metal, as they came out of an old warehouse. Saw blades typically do not do well when they run into things like this (a case-hardened steel panel screw).
  • Close-up of the winch we use to move the sled along. Steam Punk lovers, feel free to drool. There are gears and stuff.
  • ...and believe it or not, it works! I will confide, however...about thirty seconds after I took this picture we had to stop the cut because one of the saws started spitting sparks and smoke; turns out we missed a nail. [lol]

As crazy as it is, this was the easiest way for us to cut a 1 3/4 x 3 1/2" notch out of 500 timbers. To do it the traditional way (with a router-type milling machine) would have necessitated the purchase of over $15,000 worth of equipment. This way we spent $500 on saws (which will probably be dead by the time we're done but whatever) and 5 days putting it together.

The cool shit I get to do for money...cool
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
12 Morven18th Mar 2011 06:06:46 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
That is, indeed, Crazy Awesome.
A brighter future for a darker age.
I sew and do other small crafts.

I've also done a bunch of jewelry and wireworking that I don't have pictures of yet. I'll have to take some eventually.

Edit: Some more pictures

edited 18th Mar '11 11:15:58 PM by DrunkGirlfriend

"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
14 Morven19th Mar 2011 04:58:58 AM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Is the tree going to be stage-setting for the dolls?
A brighter future for a darker age.
Maybe, maybe not. It was something I made a long time ago, back when Drunk Scriblerian and I were both unemployed. Really just a project to keep me busy and get my mind off of stuff.
"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
16 drunkscriblerian19th Mar 2011 02:56:32 PM from Castle Geekhaven , Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Finally finished off the bathroom remodel DG have been plugging away at. We have a medicine cabinet, a towel bar (that actually works), a spare mirror and a place to put toilet paper that isn't the back of the toilet.

Now, on to fitting out the laundry room closet.
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
formerly Lady Justice
[up] I'd love to learn more about woodwork, good stuff.

I make jewelry, a lot of wire and precious stone work in my spare time.
"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
18 shimaspawn20th Mar 2011 11:53:13 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
I do needlepoint. I suppose it's crafty to make tiny little stitches in cloth. I wish I could tailor clothes though. I'm an odd shape for a woman, and my clothes keep falling off.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
19 blackcat20th Mar 2011 01:03:59 PM , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Shima: Check in with Maddy or I if you have questions about making stuff fit. Do you know how to use a sewing machine?
Love extends the boundaries of what people can accept, but don't depend on it.
20 shimaspawn20th Mar 2011 06:09:30 PM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
I do know how to use a sewing machine, but that doesn't mean I'm skilled at doing it. I'd love some pointers.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
Pendant and matching earrings I made a while back. I just found them again to take pictures of.
"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
22 Madrugada25th Mar 2011 04:27:11 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Neat. Kind of a cross between the world tree and a dream catcher.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Yeah, a little bit. I was going for "trees", so I guess it worked out. smile

Edit: Dug up another picture of an old project of mine. Couple years back, I made this dress for her Christmas present.

edited 25th Mar '11 9:46:37 PM by DrunkGirlfriend

"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
Bumping the thread to add progress pictures of the costume I'm doing for con.

Attempt 1 at an empire waist dress. Still a couple of wrinkles to work out, then I get to remake it in a crinkly gauze. Fitting's going well though, even though I really could use another set of hands. I just used a belt to see how it'd fit without going through the trouble of sewing channels for elastic.

So far, so good.
"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
25 blackcat15th Apr 2011 06:38:12 PM , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Looks good! Is it mocked up in muslin?
Love extends the boundaries of what people can accept, but don't depend on it.

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