Proper manly work

As part of helping out at the cubs one of the other parents had the bright idea of making a bunch of nesting box kits that the kids could then put together to make a finished work of beauty.  I volunteered to help him in his workshop and we had a day of messing about with scarily big machines by the end of which we had ten nesting boxes ready to be assembled.


The orange Black and Decker “my first drill” in the foreground was my contribution to the tools we used.  It felt kinda pathetic


It’s a T-Rex off

Now that I have my laser cutter set up and working properly there is no end to the crap that I can make. Take these two crappy examples of crap, who would have thought that having multiple 3mm ply 3d T-Rex constructions would be so important?

Scissor Lift Mk 1

I wanted to buy a z-axis scissor lift for my laser cutter so that I can, well, bugger about really.  Light Objects sell them but at $195 plus taxes, plus shipping, plus all the messing about with import duties and customs I did my usual and thought “I’ll build my own!”

What we have here is Mk 1.  There are a few issues

  1. It’s made of wood
  2. I put a travelling slot along the entire length of the support.  One part of the scissor should be fixed.
  3. I made the scissor arms too wide so that as they rotate they force the support out of the base.
  4. I’ve yet to work out how to make the support bars that will go across the middle.

I have faith though


A long long time ago Ian Buckner was in the habit of making WeeMee avatars for people.  Here’s the one he made for me…


A few years later…quiet a few, and we end up at Halloween 2017.  Where I decided to be a zombie dreadlocked Bucko weemee with the wrong sort of wine in the wrong hand, and no tie.

The end of an era

What started off as this…

eventually ended up as this…

With a little help from Oli…


The initial plan was to sell it on eBay but they weren’t selling for much if at all so I decided to just take it apart and worry about what to do with it later.  Turns out it’s quite fortunate I didn’t sell it as the whole thing was rotten when I started to take it apart.  Bit of a death trap really…