ShopTalk Sunday: Runaway 2 by 4 Tool Storage

Although the “news” has mainly devolved into butt-covering liberals trying to cover-up the return of Covid 19 on their watch, and glossing over the data on vaccinated people getting Delta, there’s little else to keep the creative mind engaged. Short of mental “office pools” on when the market’s next “recognition moment nosebleed” will begin.  Until you go to the shop, that is… Maybe we will talk about that next weekend.  For now, though, let’s work …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Saved [by] My ASS(ortments)

Weekend, markets closed.  Summertime in the shop. But how does “Prepping”  (a category we helped ‘invent’ back in 1997) and being a tool-slut go hand-in-hand? Let’s Big Picture This Let’s pretend you are – oh – 72 years old (like me).  You know (by genetics and stressors of Life) the odds of making it to 92 are about 50-50.  This sounds morbid, but follow along, here. Means I might have 20-years of life left.  Which …

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An Open-Source Speed Crown

Since the U.S. markets are closed today, and we’ll skim through a few headlines first.  But then, how’s about we do some really far-fetched fun stuff?  Woo-Woo? I’m going to explain a theory of “light pumping” and how a new “whole body light” technology may be just ahead.  I’m doing this mainly to “put it out there” as “open source” so monetizers can’t try to steal what ought to be free.  A reference to this …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Three Saw Stories, 3D Prints

This being the Fourth weekend, a lot of us – with kids too far away to visit – will be working on projects in the shop, instead. Which begins (as many mornings) with a check of how things are coming on the 3D printer farm here.  This first project – snap of it in previous column – is a “metal look” (silky grey) filament printing a multi-fold paper towel holder.  Here’s how it evolved overnight: …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Ham Field Day, Fire Risks

Ham Radio’s annual Field Day will wrap up today. Rather than doing a “project in the shop” this weekend, there are some very important planning and prepping things to talk about.   Radio communication skills is one.  The other is reducing the risk of fire during hot weather. If  the Web Goes Down… As mentioned, I was on the air on the 20-meter Morse code segment for a couple of hours Saturday for ham radio “field day.”  …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Summer Shop Tips, Renovations

(This is the post that “blew up” UrbanSurvival last weekend.  We can’t be sure, but this was the last thing I posted; rewritten from memory…) Summer Shop Tips The weather here has been into the 90s now for a couple of weeks.  With it, the amount of time spent in the shop, not to mention the projects, have changed up a bit to meet this annual “climate change” issue. For newbies to these STS columns, when …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Process Map, SMD/T Soldering, Shop A/C

Before we get started,  a short personal woo-woo from a dream early this morning.  Very clear message that the “future” would be in a product (or company?) called HLiON.  Haven’t had any time to focus on it, but it seems (in my dream, anyway) to work on some symbiotic chemistry between the hydrogen fuel cell cycle and a new HLiON battery.  So keep an eye out for that. Million Dollar Product Idea One other idea …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Aging Secrets in the Shop

This morning’s report is about DIY anti-aging.  But, it begins in the shop and in yard work…  Then we’ll get to the “secrets” part. As you know, I’m 72 – halfway to 73, already.  Not in perfect health.  But pretty damn good, considering people generally drop like flies in here. There are plenty of reasons for the still-unlimited energy, both physical and mental. A few of these relate to the shop.  Let me walk through some …

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The Future of Invention

Economics and Invention are inextricably tied. But are there logical limits to be observed?  Might these fit into the economic long wave? We face the question of “Invention” with physical bounds clearly in mind.  Many of which will become important as the clock rolls forward. After charts and a few grabby headlines, of course. More for Subscribers ||| Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE NOW! ||| Subscriber Help Center

ShopTalk Sunday: Handy Do-Dads and “Virtual Making”

I suppose there was a time when four-score and six (86) would have been an acceptable old age for a curious soul to reach.  Not enough now.  Back then?  Books were semi-precious. Knowledge had a useful shelf-life.  Travel was slow.  Telegraphs worked and phone calls were likely to be on a party line. Between market closing Friday and opening Monday, the broader perspective on Life matters.  Times have changed, no doubt.  Knowledge is not even …

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