Child-sized picnic table

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I went to visit my parents one evening and saw a small child-sized picnic table in their back yard. This was the perfect size for my son so I decided to try making one for myself. It’s built entirely out of 2×4 pretreated lumber and took about 2 and a half hours to complete. This isn’t my usual type of build, but a nice afternoon project the helps break up the tedium of a months-long project which is my norm.

In the Pages of Guitar World

I don’t claim to be a good guitar player. I can strum my way through most songs on barre and power chords and I have a fairly decent sense of rhythm. But a guy like me isn’t going to make it into the pages of a major guitar magazine without doing something that will turn a few heads. And apparently I managed to pull that off.

If you happen to find a copy of the Holiday 2015 issue of Guitar World magazine, flip to the inside of the back cover, where I’m proud to announce that my Guitar Boy has been featured in the regular “It Might Get Weird” column. I know that my guitar received some attention when it made the rounds on Facebook (pretty impressive for a guy without an account!) as well as a few other news sites, but making it into the pages of a printed publication sold nationwide quite honestly has me flying on cloud nine.

With my work now in print, I keep thinking of the Dr. Hook song “Cover of the Rolling Stone” where they sing, “Wanna buy five copies for my mother.” Sorry, Mom. I’ll buy you one copy.

Guitar Boy – Game Boy Guitar WIP

With my Game Boy-themed competition already half over, I thought it would be a good time to share my current project.

Although I am exempt from the competition itself (for the same reason any company restricts its employees from winning its own promotions), I wanted to create something in the spirit of the competition in order to draw some attention toward the BitFix community. As can be guessed, what I’m building is a Game Boy guitar. Rather than sacrificing any model of Game Boy, the brains of the Guitar Boy will be a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie. With the A/B/Start/Select button layout, NES, Master System, and Game Gear games will also be fully playable, as well as a few others.

Begin project: Wooden Rubik’s Cube

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I am a big fan of the Rubik’s Cube. When I was in college the fact that I didn’t know how to solve one started eating away at me, so I got my first cube that Christmas didn’t put it down until I learned how to solve it. Recently I thought it was time to take my love for the cube up a level and fabricate my own functional cube out of wood.

The template cube that I’m working with is actually the very cube I previously mentioned. I had scrambled and solved that cube so many times that I had literally worn the spots off of it! Now it sits as a solid black cube which anyone can solve. For the wood I chose a nice piece of cherry which I believe will present a very nice finish once it has been stained.

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To test my first piece, I reassembled my cube, replacing one of the edges with my new wooden piece. It fits very well and each of the sides still turn smoothly. With enough patience, fabricating the numerous cube’s sections shouldn’t be difficult, but creating the 6-axis hub that connects the components in the center of the cube may prove to be a challenge.