Let's take a quick look at our 3D-printed knockoff of a cheap paintbrush holder.
Get you a box cutter for a great good! TSA aside, box cutters are great: yes, we all have our multitools, but for all-round utility, it's hard to beat the simple box cutter. Let's take a quick look at the ones we have laying around, discuss why some are better than others, what our daily carry is, and why.
This is our first code-oriented post and discusses some refactoring issues from a Stack Overflow question. Here we'll take a quick look at the main issues in the code. The screencast goes into more detail about specific refactorings, and refactoring in general--it's a bit of a slog at 30+ minutes, but particularly for beginners, it… Continue reading Refactor: Simple jQuery Code
Disclaimer: This post has affiliate (and direct) links to the reviewed product on Amazon. As fun as adding a voltage booster (for 5V projects) and/or voltage regulation and a charge circuit is to our designs, sometimes it's nice to just have everything done for us. We're big fans of the ESPxxxx/NodeMCU ecosystem: they're cheap, they're… Continue reading Quick Look: Makerfocus NodeMCU Board with 18650 Battery On-Board
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate (and direct) links to some parts off Amazon for making a (relatively) hand-held device as well as the commercial product we replaced. In the first book of the Maker's End Inspiration Series, Arduino Inspiration, we're controlling some computer fans to make a pleasant desk fan. To get some data on… Continue reading Build: Arduino Tachometer (Reflective Style)
There will be a wide range of posts on this blog, from absolute beginner stuff (like our Building Custom Cables post) to product reviews (like our mini-review of the ShopVac Micro Vacuum) to build videos (like the Pimoroni Keybow build) and many things in-between. Sometimes we'll post affiliate links to purchase items used in a… Continue reading Why we post what we post
Disclosure: There are both affiliate and direct links to some of the tools and consumables used in this project at the bottom of the post. We connect a lot of things to a lot of other different things. When prototyping, we use breadboards. A wire salad may look pretty, but it's hard to debug and… Continue reading Skill: Custom Breadboard/Molex Connectors
We love our keyboards, from mechanical to split to Apple Magic. We also love our shortcuts, and even with a zillion macro programs, we still sometimes "need" dedicated keys for our most-used apps and application shortcuts (here's looking at you, every CAD program ever). We're purchased a multitude of commercial keyboard "extensions" over the years,… Continue reading Review and Build: Pimoroni Keybow, a blinky auxiliary keyboard
Disclosure: Post includes Amazon Affiliate and direct product links. Continuing our trend of sucking, we picked up new under-desk vacuums and have to say--this is our current under-desk vacuum of choice, and includes a mounting plate that lets us stick it just about everywhere. It's not a full-power vacuum like our Rigid vac (which we'll… Continue reading Quick Look: Shop-Vac® Micro Wet-Dry: An Itty Bitty Vacuum
Disclosures: This is one of our designs; the STL is available on Thingiverse. There's also Amazon Affiliate and direct links to the Rigid "toolbox style" vacuum mentioned because it has quickly taken over our "Oh we always need a vacuum right here" needs: we have one under our main work desk and one under the… Continue reading Print: Vacuum Dust Collector for Wall Drilling