Circuit worksheet

Trivial 3×8 worksheet grid I whipped up for planning circuit workouts.

circuit worksheet 3x8

Mom, calm down…

It’s only a splinter! I usually only show the rosy side of travelling and jumping on stuff. Well, seems I picked up a wee sliver of England at RDV XI. (ask me about the barefoot bail into thorns) Yes my tetanus immunization is up to date. THIS is why you should always travel with your personalized med kit… #DIY Tracy trained all day while I did my “wimpy lion with a thorn in its paw” imitation. Hopefully good to go tomorrow #famousLastWords (PSA: early symptoms of Tetanus include jaw spasms, drooling, excessive sweating and irritability? …oh i’ve had that for 45 years then :P

Cue repairs

Taking time to repair cue tips. The Schnelk in the case I’ve had for about 30 years now. Bought it back when this table was in my grandparents’ basement on Westminster street in Allentown. Would never have believed then, what this table looks like now, or where it would be today!

If you had to hand-saw 34 MILES of planks

sawbookIf you had to hand-saw 34 MILES of planks, I bet you’d be REALLY good at sharpening saws:

This is a reprint of a 1909 booklet by the premier saw sharpener of his time. Johnson was a legend in the Pacific Northwest for sharpening hand saws that were used to rip 34 miles of planks for a giant box flume commissioned by a local power company. Johnson’s improved saw filing methods are detailed in this 60-page volume, out of print for more than a century, but resurrected in 2008 by Dan Donaldson and Ellis Walentine and now available in this exact facsimile of the original work.

The 105-year-old book is once again available, over on Wood Central.

Vault box build

These plans are for building a vault box. This is not easy. You’ll need some good circular saw skills, patience and a lot of labor. Read on!


How NOT to build a vault box


I do NOT recommend using these plans to build a vault box. I’m putting this up for a historical record of what we did (so I don’t have to remember.) I’m already writing another article explaining a better way to build a vault box.

Really. Don’t build vault boxes using these plans.

Here’s the other design: LVPK vault box – second design.

Cut to the chase

Here’s the PDF: LVPK vault box – first design PDF.

We, (Lehigh Valley Parkour) built 8 of these vault boxes. They are rock-solid, portable, stackable, etc. They’re great! …but you can do better. So I’m creating another set of plans from a slightly modified second design.


Slide scanning

…2,600, (give or take a few hundred) mounted slides scanned!

Recently, I’ve been talking about my slide scanning project. I’ve been pouring hours and hours into feeding the slide scanner… it was like Little Shop of Horrors, “feed me Scan-more!!” for days on end. Except for a short stack of problem slides, I’ve completed the heavy lifting.

I’ve found hundreds of slides that I want to share. Stay tuned!

Aside: Where am I putting the digital files? My little Mac file server has a two drive RAID. On that Mac I run Arq, (which I highly recommend.) Arq backs-up all my stuff into Amazon’s Glacier. Glacier is dirt cheap storage; I mean dirt. cheap. They charge you a reasonable fee if you ever retrieve data from the storage service. (Get it? “glacier”. Frozen in ice, never to be used again. Unless you have a disaster, then you won’t care about a few hundred to defrost your data.)

Pool table pocket drops

Ever wonder how they shaped the bed of the pool table where the balls fall into the pockets? Neither did I.

…until I restored a pool table from 1938-or-so. The slate playing surface has very basic geometric cuts. The four corner pockets have a very wide, two-sided notch, and the side pockets  have a more narrow notch. Wooden inserts are shaped to fit into the notch, and when you cover the bed in felt, the balls roll from the slate, onto these wooden “pocket drop” shapes and fall into the pockets.

It turns out there’s a lot of discussion involved in how large are the radius of the hole — the big round part cut out of the wood that the ball falls into, as well as what the radius the balls rolls over as it falls off the cliff.