Battery Storage and Charging Station

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As a family of four, we have a lot of toys and devices that need batteries in our home. For years we've had our batteries thrown in a drawer. Eventually we started using rechargeable batteries too. We didn't want to give up valuable counter space for the charger though, so it wanders throughout the house. I decided it was time to organize our batteries and charger and put them in one place where we could easily access them, see what we had and what we needed, and free up some space in our junk drawer.

After seeing some similar, simpler battery storage systems online, I came up with a design of my own that was easier to load, big enough to keep regular batteries separate from rechargeables, and gave us some storage space for the charger and other batteries and battery-related supplies.

Energizer Family Battery Charger:
Keyhole Fasteners:
1/2" x 3/4" Aluminum Angle:
Square Rubber Bumpers:

How to Make a Six Legged, 3-Piece Pole Stand

While building out a basic dowel tree project, I decided to get creative and come up with an interesting design for the base. The result is this six-legged pole stand, made from three pieces of wood with a triangular opening in the middle. The geometry gave me some trouble during the build, but it all worked out and came together nicely.

See the Wolfram Alpha request I used to calculate the triangle size:

Table Saw:

Over-Engineering a Custom Cardboard Box with Wolfram Alpha and Packing Algorithms

After building a simple dowel tree, I started thinking about the long-term life of this build. It would need to be stored for most of the year, and there were several dowels that needed to be kept together. In this video, I'll walk you through my thought process in designing and making (and re-making) a custom-sized cardboard box to hold these dowels. Along the way we'll take a quick look at Wolfram Alpha and the 2-D packing algorithms that helped me design the box.

Making an adjustable Pliers Holder for my pegboard

After dealing with bad pliers holders for long enough, I made a simple but effective pliers holder for my pegboard. Watch to see this basic design take shape, and how it can improve your pegboard space.

10-pack L-Hooks:
100-pack L-Hooks:

Table Saw:
Band Saw:
Vise-Grip Curved Jaw Locking Pliers:
VISE-GRIP Locking Pliers Set:

Modular Spline Jig for the Table Saw Sled

In this video I walk you through the build process for a simple spline jig I built as an add-on to my edge-jointing table saw sled. It's been working well for cutting spline joints on a couple of my recent box-building projects.

FastCap 2P-10 CA Glue Kit (4 glues, activator, debonder):
FastCap 2P-10 Solo Kit:
Table Saw:

Tape Measure:
Handi Clamp:
GRR-Ripper Push Block:
Glu-Bot Glue Bottle:

Making a Playing Card Box

On a recent trip to a discount lumber store, I picked up some small "hobby size" pieces of walnut & maple. The maple strips were cutoffs that were already milled down smooth and square, which works great for me since I don't have a planer. I figured they would be great for small boxes. When I was asked if I could contribute something handmade to a silent auction fundraiser, I thought a small box might be a fun skill-building exercise. So I set out to build a box to hold some playing cards.

I had an idea for a variation of a locking rabbet joint that would make the bottom easy to attach to the sides, and let the base protrude out from the box. The finish was also a first-time experiment. I used spray lacquer (which I've used before), but this time I gave it a final smoothing with grade 0000 steel wool. I really like how this one turned out, and I hope you do too. Thanks for watching.

Special thanks to Bill Van Loo, as his lift-lid box provided the inspiration for the design of the lid of my box:

Playing Cards (2-pack):
5x8 Writing Pad:
Tape Measure:
Handi Clamp:
Table Saw:
Band Saw:
GRR-Ripper Push Block:
Glu-Bot Glue Bottle:
Babe-Bot, Mini Glue Bottle:
Spray Lacquer:
Steel Wool (0000 Super Fine):

Video Tether: Wifi-Controlled Camera Slider Prototype

Earlier this year I applied to the "World's Largest Arduino Maker Challenge," a contest organized by Arduino and Microsoft to launch Arduino's new MKR1000 board. It's a small form factor Arduino with built-in WiFi. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to receive one of the the boards, and used it to build myself a device for operating a camera slider. For entry into the contest, the project had to be documented on You can see the completed project (and video) here:

Checkerboard Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes creativity strikes in the kitchen. Some time ago, I set out to make a checkerboard cookie. I had seen this done before with basic butter cookies, but I wanted to take it a step further and see if I could apply the concept to two of my favorite cookies: chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate chip cookies. 

This video shows the process for taking two batches of cookies and combining them into a checkerboard cookie design. The recipe itself is not as important as the process here. In fact, these were made from the recipes printed on the bags of chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. They both used one bag of chips and thus yielded about the same amount of dough.

Not only are they delicious, but they look good, too.

MUSIC: "Django" by little dark one
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