Kids Picnic Table

This was a quick project to design and build a small picnic table for my sons second birthday party. We realized that we had nowhere for my kids and their friends to sit and eat during the party. This was designed and built in a few evenings and worked great for his party. It was based off of Anna White’s overall dimensions but modified to use on-hand materials and give it a more modern feel compared to a basic picnic table.

Glow Cloud Project

This was inspired by the Evan and Katelyn youtube channel video about buying vs diy’ing a cloud that will glow based on the music.

It consists of a few paper lanterns, some polyfill stuffing, a raspberry pi and speakers, and a string of rgb string leds w/ a built in bluetooth and music sensing.

The raspberry pi is a pi zero w/ wifi and has raspotify installed and acts as a spotify connect speaker. This was an easy way to cast thunderstorm sounds to it but also allows for music to be played through the cloud.

Custom Knife Giftbox

My dad had the same Buck knife for almost my entire life. Before he lost it, the main blade had be sharpened so many times, it was about half of the original size. Instead of giving him the knife by itself, I decided to build a custom walnut box to give it to him in. I designed this is Onshape, w/ hinges from Rockler woodworking, and cut it out using my Xcarve cnc router.

“Random” Numbers Box

This was conceived after noticing my first son’s love of the microwave and oven’s displays. This was a project to get me back into building stuff after being out of the loop after having a baby.

This consists of an Adafruit esp8266 feather board with 4x 7 segment display and an spi accelerometer. The feather features an built in lipo charger which allowed a quickly implemented lipo battery in the build. Next I designed a case around the components and assembled it. Both of my kids loved it before it was lost under a couch and the battery died beyond revival at which point both of them were interested in bigger and better computers.

Meteorite Giftbox

This was built as a gift to my wife for her birthday. She is a big space nerd so I found a small meteorite and purchased it as a gift. While a piece of space is cool, it wasn’t very easy to find an impressive way to display it. I eventually found a vintage film box an designed the internals to build a scifi-esque stone containment box.

The box consisted of the vintage metal box, a piece of walnut plywood, a 3d printed cone and display platform, some hand bent aluminum bars, an rgb led ring, an arduino, two vibration motors, and a 9v battery.

Using a small switch in the rear, I turned the box on before handing it to her fully gift wrapped. This started the vibration motors gently vibrating in a sinusoidal hum. The rgb leds also started gently cycling through the spectrum as it could be felt physically vibrating.

It was featured on Hackday shortly after I submitted it. She loved it and it is still displayed on a shelf in our home.