I make a lot of things from pine as hard woods like oak are crazy expensive where I live. It’s fine for things like the set of small drawers pictured above. The problem I used to have with pine was achieving the Arts and Crafts style warm reddish-brown finish that I like. Dyes give patchy … Continue reading A Warm Antique Brown Finish for Pine
After the success of my original iPad stand I decided to use the left-over length of oak board to make four more stands. I slightly modified the design this time to include an angled front face on the base. I am calling this design “iPad stand No. 3”, as it is the third modification to … Continue reading More Photos of iPad Stand Construction
I’ve had a couple of questions asking about using capacitors to fade out the LEDs of the spindicator to give a sort of trail effect, and I thought I’d like to try it myself. So let’s get straight to the circuit. The first thing to note is that in this version I have used the … Continue reading Spindicator Mk 2–Now With Fade Effect.
Percy admires the stand UPDATE: I have added a new post with more construction photos and a slightly modified stand design here. Here’s a simple woodworking project that I thought might be of interest to iPad owners . When I recently purchased my iPad 2 I decided to forego a “smart cover” in favour of … Continue reading Make Your Own iPad Stand
I recently decided to build a wooden computer case, despite the fact that I’ve never really liked wooden computer cases. The project came about because I realised that I had enough spare computer parts in my cupboard to build a reasonable computer. I don’t have room for another computer in the house, so I … Continue reading A Quick Wooden Computer Case
In this post I’m going to describe my attempts to date to build a novel computer hard-disk activity indicator, which I named the “spindicator”. The usual hard-disk activity indicator is an LED connected to a header on the motherboard which illuminates when data is being read from or written to the hard drive. These reads … Continue reading The “Spindicator” Project
I recently noticed that when one of my computers entered a sleep state its power LED went off, leaving no way of telling if the computer was asleep or off. When my other computer enters an S3 sleep state, its power LED flashes to let me know. I pulled out the motherboard manual to see … Continue reading Converting a 3-Wire Bi-Colour LED into a 2-Wire Bi-Colour LED