23/3/15

3D printed Banjolele / Banjo-Ukulele armrest


Resting my arm on the rim of the banjolele head while playing, I was hurting myself on the tension hooks. I made an armrest that is held in place by the same clamps. No additional hardware required. Fits the rim of an 8 inch banjo head.



The file is available on Thingiverse (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:737310).

6/1/15

Mount plywood panels for painting

I started giving painting a real try. After painting in acrylics on cardboard I decided to go bigger, using 80x40cm 5mm thick plywood panels. The problem I encountered was that the panels were warped, I could not get any totally flat panels.
You can see on the bottom edge how the panel is bend.
So I decided to mount the panels on a frame. Having only a few tools on hand, I glued 40x28mm wood slats to the edge of the panel.

Laying the panel on a flat surface I connectes the four slats with metal plates.
The panel came out pretty flat. The added depth makes it look good when hung on a wall.



23/12/14

9/10/14

Convert a camera tripod to a painting easel.

I wanted to buy an easel for my ongoing painting practice, but I realized that I could easily make one using my camera tripod. With two 12mm diameter aluminium tubes and a few nuts and bolts at hand I designed a few parts and printed them on my 3D printer. The two tubes are spaced by two end caps clamped together with three clamps. One clamp connects to the tripod. Here you can see the square connection piece, which is the same as on the platform you would screw your camera on. 


The other two clamps are used to hold your painting in place. The three clamps can be arranged as desired, depending on your preferences. Here is a view of the whole construct:



This is it mounted on the tripod:


And here we have a painting clamped in it...






1/8/14

Yarn and Nail Art - An Eye

This is a little art project I made. On a 29,5 x 60 x 1 cm MDF board, I sketched an eye and nailed in a bunch of nails. After taking of the paper I sketched on, I then connected the nails with yarn.


 The finished art piece:

24/6/14

DIY Soundproofing Panels

On occasion I am making music, so I decided to make a music/sewing room in my spare bedroom. The major problem is that the acoustics in this room are not the best. Too many flat surfaces are reflecting the sound. So I made some soundproofing panels, which absorbs the sound and keep the neighbors sane. Because of the filler material used (200x100x4 cm soundproofing foam panels) I decided to make 4 100x100cm panels. I started with 16 wood slats of 100x4x2cm.


 Using wood screws and metal angles I made 4 frames.


Laying a frame on backing fabric, I used staples to stretch the fabric onto the frame. It is important to give the fabric a lot of tension.


I cut my foam panels in half, giving me 100x100x4cm panels (black cat for scale).


I put the front fabric down and put the foam and the frame on top. Similar to the backing fabric I stapled the front fabric to the frame.
On the back side I hammered two nails into the lateral wood slats. I connected the two nails with a thick wire, which I used to hang the panels on the walls. And here they are:
I the rectangular room I have one panel on one wall....


...two panels on the side...



...and the last panel on the third wall.


And what should I say? It works!