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Process(ed).

Hey remember that iPad holder/stand/slantboard thing I tried to whip up a while back? I went back to the virtual drawing board that is SketchUp, came up with a different design, and made the thing.

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I used scrap pine I had lying around for the frame, and bought a sheet of dry-erase hardboard for the top. What you don’t see is under that shelf-looking bit; I attached a piece of EVA foam that sits a little higher than the bottom of the frame so “Student” can use this on his lap as well. There’s an overhang all the way around the top so we can use binder clips to attach papers. 

All that planning, sawing, gluing, nailing, sanding, spraying… I ended up with a product that I’m proud of. However, “Student” was unimpressed and tossed it to the floor. Not a total loss, because I enjoyed the process and gained experience. 

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Square.

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Left handed pencil.

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Shavings.

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Nope, I’m not up past my bedtime making blinky lights blink. Nope. #arduino #halloween #led (at 10 Forward)

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Sometimes I play the guitar. #rusty #guitar #minorpentatonic #telecaster

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Process

I was inspired to design and build a simple desktop book stand thingy for a student to use in place of a big three-ring binder. I thought I could bang it out today and bring it to work tomorrow. I’m not satisfied with the results. It came out shoddy and looks/feels makeshift, which it is. Project abandoned!

It was not all for naught. I had fun quickly designing something in SketchUp and I got to play around in the woodshop. I used scrap and spare hardware so it didn’t cost anything directly. Now I know my 20 minute design won’t work, so I learned something from the process. I’m going to research existing products and try again.

Even though the result is unusable, the process was rewarding. I practiced my skills. I got that “workshop zen” feeling where my mind quiets down for a while. I don’t get to show off a cool finished product tomorrow, but I don’t regret spending my Sunday afternoon in the shop.

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Workspaces

I have a lot of interests. I like to make things, break things, occasionally fix things, tinker and learn. JUSBOT.COM is a place for me to share some of this random junk I do. To get started, I want to talk about my  workspaces.

I’ve set up two separate spots in our apartment. My primary space is in our “studio” – where the dining room would go if we were “normal” people. 

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This is my half of the room. My partner Maurice uses the other half, and we sometimes collaborate on projects in the middle. Down here I do most of my messing around. I’ve got lots of miscellaneous supplies, electronic components, hardware, etc. Most of my hand tools, computer hardware and music gear lives here. If I’m doing serious computer-y stuff, I’m sitting here instead of at a desk or on the couch.

Up in the attic I have the “heavy duty” workshop – a makeshift space for power tools and messy stuff. 

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The attic is not really habitable space. There’s no outlets and it’s poorly insulated. But it works, so I can’t complain. I have a small table saw, band saw, drill press and workbench. I have a closet full of wood scraps and various materials. I’ve got some hand planes, saws, clamps, sanders, fasteners, this-and-thats up here. I made the tool stands and the workbench. The tools are on casters so I can set the small space up however I need.

Having separate workspaces for different tasks has some drawbacks. I have tools and supplies in different locations and it’s hard to figure out what to keep where sometimes. Running back and forth for forgotten tools or supplies is annoying. I have less isolation when I’m working downstairs and am easily distracted. However it’s great to not have sawdust all over everything when I’m working on guitars or circuits or arts and crafty stuff, so I’m happy with this setup.

More pics ahead.

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WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?

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