Sun, Jul 8 - 2018
     One of the difficult parts of using Meshes in Minetest for nodes has always been figuring out the collision/selection boxes. Many times it's possible to just use a full node collision box for nodes smaller than a full box, but sometimes you need more precision. In the past I always used the trial and error approach. Change one value, launch the game, place the node, and see which face moved and how much more it needs to be moved. Rinse and repeat, for all six faces, objects that had more than one collision box just meant that I needed to do more cycles to get everything...
Fri, Apr 27 - 2018
This blog post is meant to accompany my video here. These are plans for a bathroom shelf, with a toilet paper holder on the left side, three shelves for storing things, and a towel bar.
Your available space will dictate what sizes you can make the shelf, but I built mine four feet tall and a little over two feet wide. The back board is made out of six three foot 1x4s and one thirty-eight inch 1x4. The boards are each placed two inches higher than the board to the left.
The boards for the sides are all 1x6s 36", 30" and 28" from left to right. A 24" 1x6 is placed flush with...
Fri, Apr 13 - 2018

     This is a very simple project, with just a few angle cuts. I recommend using a Chop-saw to cut the lumber to length, but if you don't have one, a circular saw or even a Jigsaw would work. I used webbing under the cushions that form the seat, but you could use plywood instead. If you do use plywood you can ignore the 1x2s that I used, as they are completely unnecessary when using a plywood base. Start by cutting everything to size, if you are making a sofa that is less than eight feet wide adjust the lengths of the boards accordingly. The first set of three...
Sat, Feb 17 - 2018
     This blog post accompanies my youtube video about building a 2x4 workbench. If you didn't come here from there you should check it out. A 2x4 workbench is super easy to build, and super sturdy, well assuming you use quality lumber to build it. What I love about this design is that there are no complicated cuts, and only three or four different lengths you need to cut your lumber too.

Each color represents a specific size that you need. Here are the sizes I used, but of course you can modify sizes to fit you space and liking.
The BLUE cross members are...
Sat, Feb 10 - 2018

     I built a deck box several months ago, as I was tired of having the delivery people just leave stuff sitting in front of the front and back door, I thought if there was a nice little box at the front door they would put packages in it, well I was wrong, it's never been used, but it still deserves a blog post, and a youtube video.
     The box is simply built, with just 2x4s, and as such is easily scalable to any size you might want to build. The upper and lower rings are made of four boards that are cut to the same length, and then held up with some...

Sun, Feb 4 - 2018
     I built myself a custom computer desk, as I had a very specific size I wanted, and didn't feel like paying a lot of money to buy something, especially as I could build something that would last longer than anything I could buy, and cost much less money. If you want to see an overview video you can check that out here. This blog post won't cover so much the build process, but rather will provide the sizes of the parts.
     The finished desk will looking something like this image.

As you can see it's really a very simple build. Two supports...
Fri, Jan 26 - 2018
Fri, Jan 12 - 2018

    When I bought my house the upstairs bathroom had a bathfan, but it didn't work, no big deal I thought, just buy a new unit and replace the old one, easy peasy. Turns out it was a little more difficult than that. So the bathroom had a switch and a timer, one for the lights, and one for the fan, or so I thought. When I started working on the electrical and installing the new fan I discovered that the timer wasn't even wired up, and there were no wires running to the fan. It's almost as if the previous owners were going to install the fan, but then never did, which is wierd...

Sun, Dec 24 - 2017
     When I bought my house it had some water problems in the basement, nothing big, just a bit of water on the floor now and then. I was fairly sure it was just because the yard's grading was poorly done, and there was a sidewalk along the side of the house that sloped towards the foundation. The fact that the rain gutters were broken and filled with dead leaves and sticks of course didn't help anything either. I had already removed the sidewalk and one day, in a heavy rainstorm, I discovered the real issue. The water was puddling where the sidewalk was and actually getting...
Fri, Dec 15 - 2017
     When I heard this song I knew I had to do a blog post on it, and let me be clear, I've only heard this song once in my entire life, so I assume it's not a very popular Christmas song, which might be for very obvious reasons, lets get down to business and crack this thing open.

When I was small I believed in Santa Claus
Though I knew it was my dad
And I would hang up my stocking at Christmas
Open my presents and I'd be glad
But the last time I played Father Christmas
I stood outside a department store
A gang of kids came...


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