TinyLittleLife now uses a responsive layout, for improved viewing on your portable devices (and mine).
Since a used Dyson canister was noticeably less expensive than a Dust Deputy (and presumably more thorough in its dust extraction), I opted to make my own adapters to connect it to my shop vac.
Although it looks ugly, this PVC bushing is one part of a fairly watertight (although only tested to 4 meters) electronics housing made from a 3″ PVC tube. Water did not enter through the wires, the epoxied section, nor the rubber seal.
I built a pen from scratch on my new lathe and mill.
I rounded the top corners and stained my soldering toolbox. It’s a combination of two stain colors, to try and match the look of a Wilton bullet vise.
I’m a die-hard tactile keyboard user, and touchscreen phone keyboards don’t work for me. But since QWERTY phones are getting harder and harder to find, I decided to compromise and add a bluetooth keyboard to my backup phone’s leather case.
I spent all summer scratching my head over how to improve the way I store my soldering tools. Getting things set up and put away had always taken a while, and I had settled on essentially a metal bucket for lack of a better system. I had seen Ben Heck’s portable workbench, but it was beyond my needs — not to mention beyond my skills and resources.
About a week ago, a friend told me about this soldering station project by ‘laxap’ and it gave me the Eureka Moment that I needed: put the iron underneath.
I made a rollup to store all my alligator leads.
It’s simply a series of slits in a castoff piece of leather (sound familiar?), sized to be about half the length of the leads. The slits are staggered so that the thickness of the alligator clips doesn’t stack up in one place. The shorter leads are on the same roll, but I shortened the leather.
I needed a way to switch the audio inputs to the speakers in my living room between the TV, phone, etc. After seeing 3.5mm (stereo miniplug) A/B switches online that cost between $25 and $40 — not kidding, look it up — the sensible thing to do was to make my own for about $8 (with 2x the capability).
This mosquito was in the shower and didn’t seem to mind the camera flash.