Gun Display for my Father

    This is a gun display I made for my father after hearing he was looking for one that could fit quite a few guns, but not finding anything you could buy that he liked. Christmas was coming up so it ended up being a great gift and I was wanting another wood working project anyway.     The design is pretty simple, I made it as large as I could for the wall it would be mounted on, 4 ft. x 4ft. It has a 3/4″ thick finished plywood back with 1/2″ x 6″ sides, and some decorative […]

My First Cigar Box Guitar – JTCBG#1

   As if I dont have too many hobbies already, I started a new one the other day, making homemade cigar box guitars. I have always liked doing wood working and recently purchased a laser engraver, so I thought this would be a great way to combine the two. I can engrave all sorts of designs and embellishments onto the neck and body of the guitar. Cigar Box Guitars get their name from the fact that early ones actually used old cigar boxes for the body of the guitar. They have roots back to the early days of blues and […]

Family Vacation to Colorado 2016

   The family and I took a trip out to Colorado to visit with my brother, its a trip we have talked about for several years and we finally made it happen. We had an amazing time and it certainly will not be our last time out west! Suck a beautiful area and so much to see. I would like to write a full trip report about it all, but I simply dont have the time right now. For now I will just try to list most of the places we visited and like always, I took lots of photos. […]

Bought a 5.5W Laser Engraver

Since I have enjoyed having a 3D Printer to create things the last year or so, I figured a Laser Engraver would be a nice addition. There a are a ton of them coming out of China now so they have dropped in price dramatically. Especially if you buy a kit to assemble. There are basically two main types for home use. A diode laser, which is the same technology used in high end laser pointers, and CO2 tubed lasers. I purchased a 5.5W Diode Laser, which I think is the highest power diode type laser engraver you can get. […]

Prusa i3v 3D Printer

I have had this 3D printer for about a year or so now, but just not making a post about it. Always wanted one soon as I heard about them, prices finally came down on the do it yourself kits, so I bought myself one. The assembly was pretty easy, took about 3 afternoons after work. But the setup and adjustments take days when you first start using one. There is alot involved as far as how things need to be printed, what settings to use. Just lots of little things you have to learn to get things working the […]

Jeep JK – A-Pillar Switch Panel

    I looked into several options for mounting switches in the JK. Compared to the TJs I have owned, there really isnt we much dash space to mount aftermarket switches in the JK. I was going to use the overhead panel that mounts above the rear view mirror, but I wanted the switches to be easy to reach when standing outside the Jeep. So that I can easily operate some of the external lights while camping. Plus the overhead panels seem to be so much more expensive for no reason. I decided to use a Rugged Ridge A-Pillar switch […]

Hatfield McCoy Trails – Bear Wallow – Long Crawl Trail

    Took a trip down to Ethal, WV to a fairly new section of trails now open to 4x4s at Hatfield McCoys Bear Wallow Park. We camped out at Chief Logan State Park the night before, then headed to Bear Wallow the next day. This was by far the most challenging trail I have done in quite a while and was the first true test of my Jeep JK. Overall I was very pleased with how the Jeep did. I only had to winch twice, which wasnt bad considering I am only running 35″ tires. As far as I […]

White Mountains 2016

Alan and I took another trip back to the White Mountains again this year. We had taken a motorcycle trip here the year before. Last Years Trip Report. Which didn’t go as well with Alans bike breaking down. This year we wanted to do some backpacking on Mt. Washington, so we decided to drive my truck this trip. Just over 1,600 miles round trip. Places we visited: USS Nautilus Submarine Museum – CT Madison Boulder Natural Area – NH Cathedral Ledge Park – NH Mount Washington Cog Railroad – NH Backpacked on Mount Washington – NH Conway Scenic Railroad – NH USS Intrepid Sea, Air […]