Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Jumbo Ball Clock Complete

lodefink ball clock

I finally made time to finish the jumbo ball clock. I decided not to remain faithfull to the George Nelson original with regard to the design of the clock dial and hands. I went with a 10-inch dial in Wenge with aluminum markers and hands.


Wenge is a really neat-looking, dense harwood with a disntinctly contrasting grain pattern. I cut out the round for the dial on the bandswaw before sanding it with 150, 220, 400, and 600 grit sandpaper. I finished it with a rubbing of Howard feed-n-wax.

lodefink ball clock

The dial markers are cut from some 8 guage aluminum wire, and de-burred with a file. I wet-sanded the markers with 1500 grit to give them an even aluminum lustre, and epoxied them into place.

lodefink ball clock

I painted the Rockler-obtained hands with an aluminum spray-paint, but in retrospect, I should have just stripped the hands to bare aluminum and given them the same treatment that the markers got.

lodefink ball clock

The steel frame received a dose of gloss black spray-paint before I attached to the dial with 4 screws and washers. I gave the balls a quick shot of clear laquer, epoxied them into place and called it a clock.

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6 Responses to “Jumbo Ball Clock Complete”

  1. Ken Says:

    That is pretty, and sooooo you, Steve! The contrast between the dark wenge face and the orbiting maple balls is sweet. The clock would absolutely not be the same without the 8 gauge dial-markers. Some of your welds look halfway decent too. ;)

  2. jacob Says:

    Wow, that is excellent. I really like the wenge, great work!

  3. Steve Says:

    Thanks Fellas!


  4. Ken Says:

    I realized that you could run this clock upside down and nobody would know. Sideways they would figure out, because of the woodgrain.

    Steve says:


    Yeah, I furrowed my brow for some time over which way to run the grain before realizing that it didn’t matter.


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  6. Casey Says:

    Looks like I have my weekend planned now.