Baby Shower

Andrea and I had our baby shower. She showed me some watermelon baby picture on pinterest and said, “Make that!” Being a DiY person I couldn’t resist.


DIY Photo booth – Recycling a Photo booth

After my wedding and my DIY photo booth was done I realized I now had a $500 dollar clunker I couldn’t rent or store. I decided to upcycle it into new things I needed after getting married. I built games and even a wall unit out of the spare booth parts.
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Cunning Turtle Inc featured on the new DIY show JUNKies!

Ilya and I were just on a TV show called JUNKies. The show is centered around Jimmy and his amazing crew. Jimmy owns Freeport Auto Parts & Wrecking Corp, he gets all sorts of weird requests for parts and the show is centered around his crew trying to find rare hardware parts for crazy inventions. We helped out with a wireless project and brought our fire cannon for the episode that aired 9/1/2011 10pm Science Channel. It was a lot of work but we had an awesome time.

Apple infused Pumpkin

Delicious Apple Infused Pumpkin using an Common Household Air Cannon!

Homemade BB Gun using a One Way Valve

I got bored and decided to make a BB gun using my air compressor. The secret sauce is a one way valve that blocks air from the firing chamber but allows air in the other direction to rapidly propel ammo into the gun. This allows me to tube fed BB’s, even when the gun is inverted. It’s also much faster than gravity feed versions. Watch the video for some action shots and how to make the valve.

Halloween 2009

This weekend I was carving pumpkins with my girlfriend. Pumpkin carving, a soothing time to bond, relax, and justify having power tools. Rather than hacking away at a pumpkin with a dinner blade, my trusty jigsaw and dremel did most of the cuts and an exacto knife detailed. It was much less effort and the pumpkins came out great.

Being me, I wasn’t settled with a mildly dangerous tea candle. I upgraded the wick by adding part of a regular candle. This made the pumpkin burn with a much more ominous glow (Hazard +1).

It was good, but not great. I went down to the shop and bore a hole into the back of the pumpkin. Add one spray can and that brought the pumpkin from seasonal fire hazard to double fisted spray can/fire extinguisher dangerous (Hazard +3 Safety +2).

In hind sight I should have bore the hole larger. Why? Well the fuel I’m spraying there tended to puddle up in the opening and set the pumpkin on fire, thankfully the pumpkin was fresh and still moist.

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