A couple of months ago my washing machine, a long serving top loader, finally died. I wasn’t particularly sad, as I’d been thinking about replacing it with a nice new water efficient front loader for a while. And so it was that I ended up buying a Swedish made Asko model W6884 Eco wasing machine. … Continue reading Fixed: One Squeeky Asko W6884 Eco Washing Machine
Combining Coffee and Electronics – An Idea for a Project Having played around with fixed function logic ICs, such as the Johnson counter used in the Spindicator project, I was keen to move on and experiment with programmable microcontrollers. I decided to obtain and play with some PICAXE chips, as they looked like they would provide an … Continue reading Pimp My Rocket (Espresso Machine)
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