Totally need a belt sander

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Made By Hand films did a series of short films profiling craftsmen and women and trying to shed light on the value of creating. You’re not going to become a master knife maker from watching this video, but it is cool to see the steps that go into making a really nice piece.

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The 217mph tow vehicle

banks sidewinder01 450x297 The 217mph tow vehicle

It’s no secret that land speed cars make my naughty parts tingle. I would cut off a (minor) body part for the opportunity to drive flat out for a speed record. But outside of the raw speed, I think what attracts me most to the whole thing are the characters involved: Burt Munro, Ab Jenkins, Andy Green, Sir Malcom Campbell, the list goes on and on. In October 2001 Gale Banks put himself firmly on that list with Project Sidewinder.

Banks combined three of my favorite things: big honking diesel engines, massive turbo chargers, and land speed record vehicles, into one awesome package.

“We want to drive the Sidewinder to the Bonneville Speed Trials, towing our racing gear, with great fuel economy,” said Gale Banks, President of the Azusa, Calif., company that bears his name. “Then we want to put on the proper wheels and tires and go racing. And we want to eclipse the current National Speed Record.

They towed the pits with the race truck, raced the truck, set a world record for pickups (and tow vehicles) at 217.314 mph, then towed the pits back home with that same truck. Gene Banks just has class.

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Manage your projects Mythbusters style

adam savage 2 Manage your projects Mythbusters style

Adam Savage has an interesting piece over at Wired explaining how he manages his projects. It made me happy to see that I use a pretty similar system.

Eventually I’ll create a folder called Adam’s Progress. As I chug along, I take photos with my phone and drop them into this folder for a quick reference of how far I’ve come. These images provide inspiration and momentum. A list of what I’ve already done makes the list of what’s left to do a bit more manageable. And when I’m finished, this folder will be my diary of the entire project. It’s something I’ll keep forever.

Lists help me organize the entire project; from sequencing tasks within the project, to getting materials, to tracking progress. I recently I realized I need enact some media discipline; I can’t have notes in note books, on scrap paper, and in computer files. So I end up emailing myself notes pretty frequently, that way Google owns my ideas they are always saved in my searchable email box.

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Bloodhound gang one step closer

Looks like the gang of lunatics working on the BloodhoundSSC fired up the rocket meant to power their land speed record car. Let that sink in for a second…they have a rocket…for a car.

The Bloodhound SSC (that’s Super Sonic Car) is meant to run at Mach 1.4, on the ground, that’s one THOUSAND, fifty miles per hour. After that it will totally do a back flip and kick the snot out of a friggin’ shark with a friggin’ laser beam on it’s head.

To give you idea of how complicated this project is, read this article by Andy Green. Green is currently fastest driver in the world, and the driver for Bloodhound, the article details the process of stopping the Bloodhound

All of this is way more than these knuckleheads will accomplish.

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How to prepare for a bacon shortage

Don’t worry, it’s not going to be that bad.

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