Simple as can be, 4×4 trusses from discarded beams and discarded solid wood doors. Afternoon build, only power tool was the sander.
Canon 7 50mm f/0.95 (the “Dream Lens”) to Leica M conversion
I could have done a better (much, I had a hangover) job cleaning up burrs from widening the counter-sink on the holes to get the screws flush mounted, but otherwise I’m pretty happy with the results. The adapter is a fairly cheap Ebay purchase (branded “Pixco” it seems perfectly sound except for the countersinking being rather shallow), so [...]
I resized my favorite old sweater that never fit, just in time for fall. It’s a 40 year old Jack Mulqueen of New York. My seams aren’t the greatest but they’re also not going anywhere. I used a blanket stitch to bring in the sides and arm width, then cut, then more blanket stitches to [...]
This is my standing workstation. I’ve worked from home for over seven years now, it was time to give my back an alternative position. Simple as can be, it’s a solid old tripod coupled with a bamboo platform with a standard tripod mount insert installed. The tripod came from the local junk shop, Quriosa, the [...]
More stuff from the garbage: steel Ikea table legs & random plywood. I’m happy to say this was a one-day build, with a couple of hours after to clean up the finish. Someone asked so I’ll mention that the bicycle balances just fine by itself, the lock chains are simply stored that way for convenience.
cedar door shelf
This is a cedar plank shed/barn door turned shelf. The door came from Quriosa, an eclectic little shop on our street. It was already cut in half so I didn’t have to feel bad about repurposing it. The steel is 7mm stainless rod (from Christian Fode in Nørrebro), just barely stiff enough. It measures 72″(183cm) [...]
Meant for the long winters of Copenhagen, when you just don’t want to get out of bed. Stow-able thanks to folding legs. Made from a discarded piece of counter top, and some 1/4″ stainless rod. Heavy-duty so the hot toddy won’t spill.
This is an old overhead projector cart converted to a bare-bones Ms. Pacman cocktail table (still no top glass). It has two Hap joysticks and an Ultimarc I-Pac USB joystick board. There are some setup notes on the corresponding wiki page.
This is our coffee table. It is a piece of discarded wood and some discarded aluminum channel. It’s the first thing I ever mocked up in SketchUp and made in real life. Joints are pop-riveted. It wobbles some, but will hold a coffee cup.
These are made from the same batch of steel as my much larger table legs. The glass is 3/4″ thick, 1′ square, held to the tables with 1/4-20 counter-sunk socket head screws cut down on my old Craftsman 109 lathe. The glass was cut, drilled and polished by Cristal Vetro in Brooklyn. It turns out [...]
flat fold bench
This is a flat-pack incline weight bench made from a short length of poplar. I never got around to taking nice pics of it, and unfortunately it didn’t make the cut when we moved.
Steps to make a table: 1) Barter for a 250lb. 8ft. long piece of wood. 2) Get 5 friendly people to put said wood on top of your car. 3) Drive 20 mph the entire length of Manhattan enjoying the oo’s and ah’s. 4) Find one faithful friend to help remove burden from [...]
This was my first large welding project. Some of the work was done with an ancient AC/buzzbox machine purchased for $50. The latter half was completed with a Miller Maxstar 140 purchased off of ebay for quite a bit more money. The difference was staggering however in the arc and quality welds. All the steel tubing [...]
tube phono stage in toaster
This is a junked antique toaster I found on the street turned into a tube phono stage. I used a random Fisher phono stage schematic I found since it only used two triodes per channel. It was a gift for my friends Kevin and Katie. It doesn’t sound that great unfortunately (a lot thin), but [...]
I purchased some scaffolding boards from a local warehouse that was selling off everything their business didn’t take with them when they left Red Hook. There were ten pieces, all 1-1/2″ to 2″ thick plywood planks. Extraordinarily heavy and strong. The boards sat stacked in a bin in the corner for probably 4 months (some [...]
This was a gift for my girlfriend now wife, made from a giant scrapped hard drive, some aluminum sheet metal, a badly damaged AR turntable, and a vintage Grado walnut tonearm. Nothing says love like a DIY turntable. It has a built-in preamp so she could use it with her bookshelf system. I made it [...]