All posts in the "DIY" category.
All posts in the "DIY" category.
The 13-roll toilet paper holder I made has been upgraded. It’s now a dispenser!
It was fun to figure out how to support the rolls stacked above while dropping a new roll into position. I found a solution involving three pegs and five holes. I worked out an explanation with five steps, a diagram, and letters, and planned to make a placard that I’d attach to the dispenser. Upon trying the new roll switch for the first time, however, I realized it’s much more fun to not have any instructions and to treat it like a puzzle.
I like to use hits on the body of the taiko for a nice, woody sound that’s higher-pitch than the rim of the taiko. On my own drums, I just play the body directly, but when borrowing a taiko, I need a way to cover the body. Enter the “doukake”, or “ki-pad” as we call it (“ki” is the kuchishoga term we use for this hit, as opposed to “ka” for the regular rim). It turns out it’s easy to make a doukake from the staves of a discarded taiko barrel.
UPDATE — the “holder” is now a “dispenser”!
Hiro and I just finished a fun woodworking project… a DIY toilet paper roll holder. One can obviously purchase a ready-made holder for just a few dollars, but our toilet paper roll holder has one key feature:
It holds all 12 rolls in a new pack, plus a 13th “buffer” roll!
The initial design had a kink in the middle to provide a shelf for bathroom reading materials, but initial testing proved toilet paper is reluctant to roll through bends. So we went with a long, straight design. It looks a bit like a skyscraper birdhouse. The holder hangs on a wall hook and can be easily removed for refilling. I made the holder from scrap bamboo plywood on hand and we left it unfinished. It works wonderfully and freed up a lot of space under the bathroom sink!
I’ve just finished a fun project to make a drying rack for our plastic bags. We were always struggling to find a place to put them after washing, so I made this suspended rack out of wood and copper wire. I’m surprised how well this is working!
I recycled the magnets in a batch of old hard drives to make a wooden knife magnet to hold my woodworking chisels. It turned out really well.
Last Christmas I cobbled together a Useless Machine for my sister. The wood was from the old overhead fan blades in On Ensemble’s previous studio and the electronics and motor were from salvaged electronic devices.
(Hopefully I’ll post a video of this year’s gift to my mom — a praxinoscope made from an old record player! — sometime before next Christmas.)
Part of my blogging strategy is to try and add bits of information to the internet that I could not previously find. When the old, plastic toe-clips on my Shimano 105 pedals broke, and I learned that the bike shop wanted $75 for a replacement set, I decided to make my own. I’ve used them for a few months now and they’re working great.
With the hope someone out there could use the info, here is a quick howto for building replacement toe clips from the lid of any old piece of electronic equipment.
I assembled a set of Five Fish preamps for Shoji and they turned out really well! The preamps sound fantastic and thanks to the high quality of the kit and the great support offered by Five Fish, the build process was very enjoyable. Here’s a time-lapse video of the construction! Photos and a review of the kit follows the break…