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Noisy Gibson P90 Soapbar Pickups

So ever since I’ve had my 2015 Gibson Les Paul Special Double-cut, the soapbar P90 pickups have always been very noisy. They were making much more noise than the single coil pickups on my Strat. A lot of that noise…..

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What I've been working on...

Iron Sharpening

The iron on the Stanley plane needed a good bit of love. The bevel wasn’t square and it was quite dull. A good bit of work was going to be needed to bring this puppy back into shape. First, I…..

Testing new printing material and quick shop project

When I went to the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire, we saw a lot of things. One of the booths we stopped by was for Algix3D (http://algix3d.com/). They are a company out of Meridian MS that produces filament for FDM…..

One day later

Ok, so after 24 hours of soaking in white vinegar, it’s time to see what we’ve got. And what we’ve got is almost all the surface rust is gone after a good scrub with a wire brush. After the vinegar,…..

It’s bath time!

I bet you would look pretty prune-y if you took a bath in vinegar… But that’s what this Stanley No. 5 plane is doing. I received this plane as a gift from my father. It’s in rough shape with a…..

New tools, new toys

Over the past few weeks I’ve been hard at work getting my garage set up to be my workshop. Here is a list of my improvements: Tool hangers on walls to get tools and bikes off the floor Built a…..

Ready to start prototyping

Ok, I’ve hooked up the LCD and compass breakout boards to my breadboard and ran test scripts on both to make sure both components are running. Now it’s time to do some coding! As far as features go, I don’t…..

My soldering skills aren’t that bad

When I purchased my Adafruit kit, I also purchased the 5110 Nokia LCD screen and¬†Triple-axis Magnetometer (Compass) Board – HMC5883L. Both of these breakout boards require that you solder on header in order to plug in to the breadboard. I…..

Experimenting with my Adafruit Kit

  I have a plan to build my own electronic compass for my sailboat. The idea of spending $500 on something I can make myself (while learning new things) just seems silly. I started this project with the Adafruit ARDX…..