lololol just kidding, I'm not that popular.

1974 Volvo 145

June 2017


The volvo has been a really rewarding project, and I've finally gotten around to taking some photos. 1974 was the first year Volvo put Bosch fuel injection in these cars, but I think the next step for this one is a Weber conversion. In the meantime, if you're reading this and have any experience bypassing K-jet thermo time switches to some kind of manual toggle, email me!




Ran out of stuff to fix. Time to paint signs.

June 2017





Hanging around, halfway put together but still looking sharp.

March 2017





Repairing Electronic Tachometers Part 1

January 2017

Dead speedos and tachs are common on older cars with electronic instruments. With some soldering skills and a basic understanding of circuit board components, you can easily avoid spending hundreds of dollars on repairs or replacements. This fix cost me a Saturday afternoon and less than $10 for a handful of components.



After removing the circuit board from the tach, look for any visual sign that something bit the dust. This could be corrosion or burn marks from something shorting out. Capacitors will often bulge on top or bottom when they're blown. Two of these capacitors had some corrosion on them, and a quick test with a multimeter showed they were faulty. New ones cost less than a dollar, but how do we know what to buy?


So in this instance, we need a 47 µF capacitance, 25 volt capacitor. We can head down to Radioshack or do a search online, and... Look what we find! A grand total of 47 cents. You might run into other symbols such as tolerance (+/- X%). Ceramic capacitors have their own codes entirely. Here's a friendly guide for those. The small components with the multicolored stripes are resistors. There's a handy guide for understanding their color codes here, and a guide for identifying other components here.


Another likely culprit is the potentiometer. Potentiometers are used to adjust electrical resistance. If we think of electricity as water flowing through a pipe, resistance can be thought of as the diameter of the pipe. A smaller diameter pipe restricts water flow, much like more resistance restricts electrical current in a circuit. When you use a volume knob or dimmer switch, you're most likely using a potentiometer.


In this case, the potentiometer is used to calibrate the tach once it's put back together. The replacement I got has a range of 0-300 ohms and is adusted with a screwdriver. You can see it in action by connecting the terminals to a multimeter and turning the wiper. I'll be posting the installation and calibration process soon.




A Fall drive

October 2016





Xmas came early this year!

September 2016

New springs, performance shocks, bushings, a new vice, and overpriced italian trailing arm bolts!


Credenza Project

July 2015


I built this credenza after seeing a similar project done by Morgan Satterfield of The Brick House. I started with two Ikea Besta cabinets as a base and wrapped them in pine. This thing is over 8 feet long and I move pretty often, so I wanted to keep the cabinets modular. The entire thing can be split in two and the legs are easily swapped out for different lenghts.

Push openers allowed me to entirely wrap the cabinets flush with the doors without installing handles. Not shown here is an extra door I made by stretching white speaker cloth over a 2 inch frame to allow for home theater equipment remotes and displays.



I decided not to do mitered joints, and joining the pieces with dowels was simple and sturdy. Pine was a much cheaper alternative to harder woods like teak, walknut or oak, and although I had some concerns with durability it actually feels really solid. It looks great with wood conditioner and a walnut stain protected with matte polyurethane.



July 2014

I'm in Guatemala. It's amazing and occasionally a little sketch here.
That's all I have to say about that.


Haleakala Observatory

July 2014

I recently quit my job to travel and focus on some personal projects. This is the view at Haleakala observatory, Maui.



July 2014

Experimenting with hypertufa planters. I made this one for a Case Study planter stand (left side of the second picture) I built out of oak and stained a dark walnut. I'm really loving the texture you can bring out of the material and may try to work it into some furniture. To be honest, I just want to stamp my logo on things.