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

Archive for the 'Reviews' Category

FPV Quadcopter Shot Down By Radar

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

I finished up the FPV quadcopter with only a few changes made to the original build plan: DJI Naza Flight Controller – The “Free Flight” FC that I originally purchased just didn’t work out for me. I couldn’t make it fly right. I don’t know if I got a bad board or what, but I […]

More Micro CNC Machine Progress

Monday, June 1st, 2009

I am now so close to joining the desktop fabrication/manufacturing revolution that I can smell it. Unfortunately for me, that smell is the reek of burning semiconductor, but I’ll get to that later. I got the PC controller (EMC running on Ubuntu) and stepper motor driver boards all wired up and working great. The Micro […]

Micro CNC Robot Update

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

I started assembling my Lumenlab Micro (no longer available) desktop CNC gantry robot and “personal manufacturing workstation”. All your base are belong to Lumenlab I was originally going to save a few dollars by making a base for the machine out of MDF, an idea that I never really liked that much. So I started […]

Telecaster Complete

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

After about 3 weeks, I could no longer smell the lacquer, so I considered it dry and set about the task of making the guitar shiny. Wet Sanding To get the paint level and remove the slight orange peel texture that you will get with all but the most fortuitous rattle-can spray jobs, I wet […]

Grizzly Telecaster Progress

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I really had my heart set on adding an edge binding to my grizzly telecaster kit. The problem is that the guitar body comes supplied with the edges pre-sanded and rounded off to a 1/4″ radius. This curvature was too much to allow for installation of even the thickest edge binding that I could find, […]

Grizzly Telecaster Kit

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I had such a blast putting together the Grizzly Uke kit a few years back, that I thought I would try my hand at a guitar. Having always admired the iconic Fender Telecaster, i ordered myself the Tele’ kit from Grizzly for $129. If you hanker for a Telecaster kit, you are not limited to […]

MicRo CNC Robot Kit

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

I love building things from kits almost as much as I love building things from scratch, and I think that it’s safe to say that the latest kit to show up on my doorstep is going open up a whole new world of scratch-building for me. MicRo The micRo is a 3-axis CNC robot being […]

Jarle Helland Needlecraft

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Jarle Helland came to the U.S. from Norway in 1920 after serving his compulsory stint in the Norwegian Army. To sample the New World, he purchased a Tin Lizzie and drove it across the continent at a time when (I would imagine) his route was scarcely paved. Jarle was a tinkerer’s tinkerer. A master carpenter […]

Rule The Web

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I was pretty flattered when Mark Frauenfleder asked me to contribute a pearl of wisdom to the “Tips From my Favorite Bloggers” chapter of his newest book, Rule The Web. And I’m really glad that he did, because as much as I admire Mark for his perspective, interests, experience and tastes, the truth is I […]


Friday, May 4th, 2007

There is looking at life’s debris (see finkbuilt masthead), and then there is encapsulating it in one-inch diameter clear plastic balls and selling it in gumball machines. D.C. junkman/artist Christopher Goodwin does the latter with his wonderful Trashball! project. Mail Order Trashballs If you’re not in the D.C. area (currently the only city that has […]