Friday, May 8, 2020

Build Your Own Burning Man )'( Part Two

Build Your Own
Burning Man II


With Burning Man cancelled this year (2020), I'm feeling quite depressed. With amazingly little digging I came across some vague plans for how the man was built in the early 2000's. I decided to give it a go.

See part one for measurements.

Arm and Leg Discs
Arm Staves
 Arm Discs, drilled and dry fit mounted

Arm posts and Discs glued in place!

And the arms are done.
Just waiting for the glue to dry!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Build Your Own Burning Man )'( Part One

Build Your Own
Burning Man I

With Burning Man cancelled this year (2020), I'm feeling quite depressed. With amazingly little digging I came across some vague plans for how the man was built in the early 2000's. I decided to give it a go.

What follows will be a Step by Step on how I built my own Man.

Part Two: The Arms is right HERE!

The Plan

I decided to start with converting measurements to make everything about 1/4 the size of the original man. He was around 50' tall so mine will be around 12' tall. This is a reasonable size for my yard. :-)

Man Build Measurements
(all in inches)
Arm Rings - 5 each arm
From plans (radius)7.597.564.5
My design (radius)1.8752.251.8751.51.125
Arm Ring SpacingPostouterRib
From plans377.527.52527.53015
My design9.251.8756.8756.256.8757.53.75
Leg Ring - 6 each leg
From plans (radius)1717151311977
My design (radius)
Leg Ring SpacingPostouterRib
From Plans66124040363228242020
My design16.531010987655

Working on the Head

I decided to start with the head. This part seems to me to be more art than anything else. So, measurements are what you make of them. It will be approximately 13" tall on it's own. Just playing with a layout here:

Faces are done!

The head completed!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Shelves for the laundry room

I was tasked by my bride on to build shelves for the laundry room. I came up with a rough design, mostly in my head, I usually work that way. I put it on paper just for reference.

I got some 1" X 10", 1" X 12" and a sheet of lauan.

Made some measurement and cuts.

I cut the lauan for the back and started assembling the carcass.

I needed to make one shelf larger than the others so I could fit the jug of laundry detergent on it.

Measured and cut the shelves and installed the shelf blocks and installed the shelves.

Bella did her best to help me with the project.

Got the shelves installed and stained the whole thing.

It will be mounted to the wall with a french cleat. I will update one it's installed!

A 90 degree crosscut Mitre for my Table Saw

I needed to make a set of shelves for the laundry room, but realized I didn't have a crosscut mitre for my table saw. So I broke out the band saw and started working on one.

I didn't get any pictures of the process of putting it together, but this is the finished product. It worked, but it was a little sloppy in the slot on the table saw.

Later I updated it with a piece of plastic from a cutting board. It's much soother, and snugger in the slot now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thermonuclear Devices For The Weekend Anarchist - 30th anniversary

Thermonuclear Devices For The Weekend Anarchist

A Nuke You Can Build At Home

by Chuck McKenna (
written 18 Mar 1990

Are you fed up with the local political machine? Are you tired of going to the same boring job every day? Is school getting you down? If you are suffering from any of these afflictions, this is for you!

Making a thermonuclear device is quite simple. It can be done on a lazy summer weekend when there isn't much on television anyway.

The only truly difficult part of building your bomb is obtaining the reaction mass. If you have access to weapons-grade plutonium you may skip the first step, which is: hijack a truck carrying nuclear fuel rods to the neighborhood nuclear power plant, hide the cargo of fuel rods in a safe place, and dispose of the truck.

Next, you need to acquire a pound of plastic explosive. If you don't have any left over from your last armed insurgence, don't panic -- an acceptable substitute can be made right in your own kitchen. Melt 1-1/2 boxes of Ivory soap flakes in an iron saucepan. Stir in 2 lbs. of 0000 fine gunpowder. When this cools it will have the consistency of sticky Playdough. One word of caution: cook this mixture only on an electric stove. Using an open flame may cause it to detonate.

Two other items you will need are an electrically detonated blasting cap and a dependable alarm watch. Having gathered all of the ingredients, you may now sit down to the business of building your bomb.

Locating a machine shop where your clandestine work may be done is your next priority. Having done that you'll need to make a ten-inch diameter, hollow, steel sphere with a two-inch threaded hole. Now, cut a piece of two-inch pipe six inches long and thread both ends. The last part of the bomb casing is a threaded cap for the end of the pipe with a small hole drilled in it for the blasting cap.

Making the reaction mass is very dangerous. You will undoubtedly get some form of radiation sickness. Start by grinding the fuel rods into a fine dust, being extraordinarily careful not to breathe any in. Inhalation of this dust WILL cause lung cancer.

In a large plastic bowl, mix one pint of marine epoxy with half of the recommended amount of hardener. This will keep it pliable longer. Thoroughly mix the powdered uranium. Be sure to keep an even consistency.

Scoop this reaction mass into the steel sphere keeping the threads clear and packing it down often. Air pockets will cause an inefficient chain reaction. If you have a centrifuge available it would be an effective tool for removing them. After allowing it to set for about 45 minutes, using a plastic knife, cut a conical wedge out of the reaction mass and allow both to set for 24 hours.

While it's setting, you may wish to begin work on the detonator. Cap one end of the 6 inch pipe and weld the cap in place. Pack three inches of plastic explosive into the pipe. Insert the blasting cap into the plastic explosive via the hole in the cap and epoxy in place. Check the alarm setting on the watch to ensure that it is off. Remove the back of the watch and solder one wire to each of the alarm contacts. Then solder the other ends of the wires to the blasting cap leads. Using nonconductive tape, fasten the watch to the end of the pipe.

After twenty-four hours have elapsed, slide the now hardened wedge of reaction mass into the open end of the pipe. Tighten the pipe into the threaded hole in the sphere and weld quickly in place. You are now the owner of your very own thermonuclear device.

The rest is up to you. Find your target, plant the bomb, set the timer, leave the state, and watch the news from your hospital bed as you are treated for radiation poisoning.

Friday, March 13, 2020

It's been a very long time

In the hiatus I opened and closed The Aston Abbey Brewing Company I call it a success, and am sad to see it go, but with the state of my spine, I just couldn't keep doing it. Lately I have been working on a few new projects. I will start to post again shortly.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Generator Maintenance

Just went out to the Shanty to fire up the generator (for the first time in three months) ahead of the blizzard coming this weekend. She wouldn't start... Apparently she doesn't like 17 degree weather any more than I do.

I pulled about 15 times to no avail. Just didn't sound like anything was happening.
I swapped out the spark plug with a brand new one (the current one only has ~ 10 hours on it) just to eliminate that as a cause.
I pulled about 15 times to no avail. Sounded a little better.
I remembered a little valve that Grey showed me.
I found my smallest flat-head screwdriver and opened it up.
After draining about 2 tablespoons of gas out of the bottom of the generator, I realized it was siphoning from the tank, not just draining the carb, I closed the valve again.
I pulled. It sputtered.
I pulled. It sprang to life!
I flipped the choke back, let it run for a few seconds and shut it down.
I swapped back the old plug and fired it up again.

It's been purring for 30 minutes and it's time to shut her down.

I also added a task to my calendar to fire her up once a month to give her the attention she needs.

Now to get the snow-blower working!