Friday, March 6, 2015

How to make a Speaker in a Jar (Kit)




I saw this kit online and really liked the uniqueness of it! They sell an assembled version and a kit version. I have never really been an electronics type guy and have never soldiered for example on a circuit board. This kit looked easy enough however and it really looked like a lot of fun so I bit and bought the kit version. I provided my own jar as we have a plethora of jars around our home as I can never seem to find a reason to get rid of one… ever!   Yes you could say I have a have hoarding problem. :)  
 This kit requires a wide mouthed jar. If you want to they will sell you a jar with the kit so you don’t have to search one out separately. 
 This kit will not only work with mp3 devises but also with an adapter a guitar can be connected to it and serve as a mini amp. 


 I started the process by inventorying my parts and then started assembly. The first part to solder to the circuit board was the jack. Then following that was the two small connectors called headers. There is a strait one and a 90 degree one. These will connect to the speaker and battery compartment later on. The last item to be soldered to the bard is the switch which will allow the switching to and from mp3 mode to guitar mode as required. 



When the board is done you will next attach the speaker to the mounting disk made of wood with two small pan head screws. After this the battery compartment will attach to the back of the speaker with two countersunk screws. 
 Now connect the two leads to the headers accordingly the speaker one and the battery one. Note: always verify you are connecting the red lead side to the positive pin on the header. 


Now install the three AAA batteries (which they say will last 15 to 20 hours) and assemble the whole piece into the jar. Install the jar ring over the wood disk and plug in your cord. Plug your device into the jack and turn on the switch to appropriate device.


 You control the volume on your device. 
 I choose to play for demonstration “Making it”  a podcast about making things by hand. Great group of guys na only seemed appropriate to use them on this demo. See below for link to there podcast. 
 I loved this kit and I will be using this speaker for sure in my shop to listen to podcasts and different programs as I work. 
 I will also provide a link to “Trash Amps” where i purchased this kit from. 





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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"2015 Kitchen utensil build challenge” How to make a Pastry Board


I first saw this type of board in wood magazine many years ago. Issue 147 March of 2003.  While I really did not follow the plan per say I did use elements of it and proper credit where credit is due. I actually do use the template they provide for the layout of the dowels glued into the face of the board to represent the different diameter circles for rolling out different sizes of dough, etc. 
 This project is made form maple for the board and cherry for the end caps on the board.
 I start by glueing up the strips of maple that I cut. I honestly do not remember how wide they were around 1.5 to 2 inches. When glueing them up I tried to alternate the grain direction in an effort to make the large board more stable. 
I first glued the board into two pieces then re planed them and re-jointed the edge before final glue up of the two pieces. 
 I use my drum sander to sand the large panel as flat as I can. Then I follow that with 100,120,150, 180 and 220 grit sanding. This really starts looking good after all that sanding.
 I cut a rabbit in the edge of the cherry pieces to fit into the ends of the large board. I round over the edges and route a 1/2 cove into the piece as well. This is to hang it on  track that can be built to install on the wall. I do not build the rack this time as I am just    not positive I am going to store it in this fashion. 
 Finishing the piece could not be simpler using oil. I use a blend oil that is made for wood projects such as this as I hd this on hand. I typically use strait mineral oil for cutting boards and such and you could sure use that here too. You can get mineral oil in the pharmacy section for a very reasonable price. I also like to use “board butter” which is simply 1 part bees wax to 4 parts mineral oil mixed together. It is very nice to use on wood kitchen items such as this and really does a nice job protecting the wood and making the wood really look good! :)

That is about it. I truly enjoyed this project and I know my wife will enjoy using it in our home. 
This project was in coordination with the  "2015 Kitchen utensil build challenge”. I am posting below a Master list of participants in this challenge. Please check out all of their videos on making a kitchen utensil as well.2015  














Kitchen Utensil Build Challenge Participants

Patrick’s Work Shop www.youtube.com/user/Patricksworkshop
Nick Ferry  www.youtube.com/user/ferrynick
Ted Alexander  www.youtube.com/user/TedCAlexander
Tyler G  www.youtube.com/user/TylerGiannattasio
McGinn’s WoodShop www.youtube.com/user/McGinnsWoodShop
Rich McNatt www.youtube.com/channel/UCJQKDs_2LW5RJX3oFvqMzpQ/featured 
Steve Carmichael  www.youtube.com/user/carmichaelworkshop
Dominic’s Woodworks  www.youtube.com/user/DominicsWoodworks
Alistar Darroch  www.youtube.com/user/ShavingsandAwl
Dale Weinke  www.youtube.com/user/Beavervalleywoodwork
Stephan Poehnlein  www.youtube.com/user/pipolinoaustria  
Adventures in DIY       www.youtube.com/user/AdventuresInDIY
Mike Fulton   www.youtube.com/user/mfwoodshop
Joe Whittaker   www.youtube.com/user/AverageJoesJoinery
Peter Brown  www.youtube.com/user/kludge1977
Sterling Davis   www.youtube.com/user/SterlingsWoodcrafts
Manhattan Wood Project   www.youtube.com/user/ManhattanWoodProject
NKWB    www.youtube.com/channel/UCdCoqw6naNcgONTP5kpuJvQ
Cy’s Corner   www.youtube.com/channel/UCOoeZFDsNp4US0BEvevTQmw
Jason Rausch  www.youtube.com/user/rauschww
Rock-n-H Woodshop   www.youtube.com/user/rhwoodshop      
The Nomadic Polywright Show  www.youtube.com/user/johnzzhu
Andrea Arzensek www.youtube.com/user/ArzensekAndrea
Wildman Projects www.youtube.com/user/WildmanProject
Fabian’s Tiny Workshop  www.youtube.com/user/swingguitar1950
Darbin Ovar  www.youtube.com/user/darbinorvar
Wood ‘n’stuff w/ Steve French www.youtube.com/user/blockyimage
Izzy Swan   www.youtube.com/user/rusticman1973
Grady Hillhouse www.youtube.com/user/gradyhillhouse
Chris Pine   www.youtube.com/user/TheChrisPineWorkshop
Matthew Cremona www.youtube.com/user/mcremona                                                             
Eric Lindberg  www.youtube.com/user/EricLindberg27
Jack Houweling  www.youtube.com/user/Jacka440
RJB WoodTurner www.youtube.com/user/RJBWoodTurner
Nicholas Gomez www.youtube.com/user/nicholasgomezable
Jay Bates  www.youtube.com/user/Jayscustomcreations


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