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Posted by the mad hatter | Jul 11, 2011 @ 07:19 AM | 2,602 Views
I'm in the process or converting a spare bedroom in our house to a playroom for my son. While pondering decor and brainstorming, I thought of one his favorite toys. He loves playing with his Mega blocks (He's only 10 months old now). I thought "It would be cool if you could make furniture out of Legos". Thats all it took to get the old gears to slowly start squeaking and turning. I don't have any Legos as he's too little to play with them. Doing some research I found the dimensions online of the blocks. What I came up with is using two different size blocks. One with four knobs (the little things on top) and one with eight.
I drew a couple sketches of the blocks. With the creative juices flowing I went to the garage and fired up the tablesaw. I had some scrap shelving material left over from another project and made some proof of concept pieces.
Here are some photos of the blocks and a Google SketchUp drawing I did of the chair. Now the final blocks will have mitered edges to hide joints and the knobs will not have holes in the middle from the holesaw.

EDIT: Dimensions of the blocks are 4 knob: 8 x 8 x 5 (not counting knobs) 8 knob: 8 x 16 x 5
Posted by the mad hatter | Jun 21, 2010 @ 08:07 PM | 2,202 Views
This was in our companies newsletter a few years ago. I thought it was pretty cool and true too.
A driller is a paradox, he is an overall executive;he's a master mechanic; a meteorologist, required to accuratelypredict weather changes at a moment's notice; a personnel director with grease under his fingernails; a witcher with extra_sensory perception for locating all dangers and minerals buried below the surface of the ground; a doctor of medicine, specializing in treatment of hay fever, poison ivy, chapped skin, smal bruises and lacerations; he's a chemical mixologist who combines large quantitiesof mud, polymers and resins for the purpose of defying the laws of gravity. He manages more capital equipment that most doctors, lawyers and businessmen in the city; he performs all these functionswithin 100 feet of the back of his truck, while wearing a hard hat, gloves and steel toed boots. A driller likes sunshine, cool breezes, good food, auctions, state fairs, his collar unbuttoned, quiet running engines and, above all, a solid level spot to work from. Drillers are found in fields, on hills, in valleys, along roads, near bridges and sometimes at welding shops. They , wash bore, mud, core, ream, grout, bail, lift, tug, shovel and learn to curse at an early age. Farmers are sympathetic to hem, geologists confuse them, engineers underestimate them, salesmen wait to detain them, wives love and tolerate them, children look up to them, weather can delay them, but it takes hell to
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Posted by the mad hatter | Jun 04, 2010 @ 08:45 PM | 2,146 Views
Curious if anyone can identify what this is?

And no its not a messy workbench.