As cunning as a fox who’s just graduated from Oxford University with a degree in cunning

We’ve recently added a kitten to our household. I knew it would be clever and get into any space we didn’t want it to, but I underestimated how clever.

Our coffee table has a drawer in it. The drawer is a tangle of wires and other things we don’t want to keep on show. It already has a simple bolt on it from when my daughter was a toddler, so you can’t open the drawer unless you unlock it. However, I’d not appreciated that a kitten wouldn’t attack this from the front but from the side. Within 2 minutes of it discovering the drawer, it had climbed inside and refused to come out. With some rapid emptying of the content and gentle coaxing he was removed and we put the drawer to one side whilst we worked out a plan of action.

Whilst he waited for the drawer to be returned, we distracted him with a delivery from Amazon.

The gaps at the sides of the drawer were blocked up by screwing some panels of MDF to the runners and the back was blocked up with a block of wood screwed to the underside.

I think this will keep him out but I doubt this will be the last furniture modification that will have to be done.

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider

It started with an advert on a social media platform for a skull mask. I really liked the look of it an thought it could make for a good project. I’d also seen some “flames” on AliExpress, things like caldrons

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Mortice and Tenon Router Jigs

Mortice and Tenon Router Jigs

I decided to use router jigs to create mortice and tenon joints to assemble a garden planter.

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FreeCAD for Makers

FreeCAD for Makers

As a periodic user of FreeCAD I was happy to see Jo Hinchliffe had written FreeCAD for Makers as he’s done some excellent tutorials.

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The Risks of Wood Dust and How to Keep Safe

The Risks of Wood Dust and How to Keep Safe

Woodworking is an essential industry and can be an enjoyable hobby but the danger of airborne wood dust just can’t be ignored.

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ATX Power Control Board

ATX Power Control Board

When I built the MING Pi, I needed a way to signal to the ATX power supply that it needed to turn on. I did that by cutting an ATX connector in half and soldering the Power On wire to

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Simple Fan Speed Controller

Simple Fan Speed Controller

A simple fan controller based on an ATTiny board and DS18B20 temperature sensor generating a PWM signal driving a power transisitor to control the fan.

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Inspired by Flash Gordon

Inspired by Flash Gordon

My recent project on Element14 was to capture temperature from around the house and post it to a central dashboard. I used a set of software including Mosquitto, InfluxDB, Node Red and Grafana or Ming for short. The dashboard is

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