Rear wheel, Chris King hub, Shimano Cassette, Avid Brakes, Orange Santa Cruise Bike

Before I worked as a programmer, I was a bike mechanic for many years. I ride about 20km a day commuting to and from work, I have ridden year-round for a few years now including those -30c days. Every year I have to replace the drive train and this year was no exception. You can see the terrible condition the chain and chainrings were in!

Block of Oak with holes drilled to hold glass test tubes.

I came across a hand full of test tubes ( new ) and thought that they would make an interesting vase. I took a very cupped piece of white oak and worked it flat and reasonably square.

I drilled 3 1″ holes into the block, gave it a quick sad up to 320 grit. I applied mineral oil and a Beeswax and mineral oil salad bowl finish.

Planter made from a block of walnut for succulent pants

Yes, there is snow! This video was shot only a couple of weeks ago.

While out shopping with my wife I saw these succulents in the garden centre and bought a few. I then realized I had no place to keep them.

I took a scrap chunk of walnut and created a geometric shape by cutting a 5-degree angle on all edges.

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