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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.
I like this thread already.
The old folk's home needed a garage/shop, in my estimation.
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!
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.
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.
I've done the "cinder block and wooden board" desk thing before.
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.
Mr. b and I just got done setting the posts for the fence we are putting around the garden. Now I am making dinner.
Okay, as promised...pics of the Crazy Awesome "milling machine" we constructed at work.
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...
That is, indeed, Crazy Awesome.
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
Is the tree going to be stage-setting for the dolls?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shima: Check in with Maddy or I if you have questions about making stuff fit. Do you know how to use a sewing machine?
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.
Pendant and matching earrings I made a while back◊. I just found them again to take pictures of.
Neat. Kind of a cross between the world tree and a dream catcher.
Yeah, a little bit. I was going for "trees", so I guess it worked out.
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
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.
Looks good! Is it mocked up in muslin?
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