Triwizard Wand Rack

On our last family visit to London, we stumbled across an alleyway full of interesting shops including one selling wands and other wizarding equipment. So the three of us bought a wand each. Needing somewhere to keep the wands, the obvious choice was to make a wand rack.

The first step was to glue together some more of that offcut floorboard from the step project. That was clamped to the table for carving. I had looked at reshaping the edges to a shield or other shape but settled on a Celtic knot design in two of the corners.

The design was transferred onto the wood using a sharp knife. This was traced to give a pencil outline.

I did try carving the outline with a chisel but soon gave up, the softwood just split and splintered. So I swapped to a dremel using a sanding drum to carve out the basic shape. And then a grinding tool to crispen up the corners and edges.

The fact that the second tool had burnt the wood gave me an idea, I could char the wood to give better contrast. Once the wood was charred, I sanded it back with a mouse sander. I then gave it a coat of medium oak varnish.

The last step was to screw in the hooks. I had chosen three different styles of hook to represent the different styles of the wizards. I’ll add some eyelets to the back so it can be hung on the wall.

Master, Master

Master, Master

This last week, I renamed the branch on my Github repos from Master to Main. As I don’t use any kind of gitflow for my repositories and I don’t have to worry about team members, this was a pretty painless

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Arduino Portenta

Arduino Portenta Pinout

For a recent project, I’ve been using a new Arduino Portenta Pro board. It has proved to be a powerful board but also challenging to use.

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Fairy Door

Fairy Door

The local community group asked if we could make a fairy door, my daughter is a “bit big for fairies” but she did fancy practising some maker skills.

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Creating an N-Gauge Pub

Creating an N-Gauge Pub

To go with the N-Gauge Pub sign, I needed an N-Gauge Pub, so I ordered a cardboard kit and some glue and assembled it one evening.

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Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign part 2

Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign part 2

Continued from Creating an N-gauge pub sign When it came to printing out the sign, I printed 2 at once. This meant that if one failed I’d have a backup but it also helps with cooling small parts as the

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Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign

Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign

Most of the things I create don’t have a specific gauge, either because they are not based on reality or that the accuracy will not be noticed. My latest project is a small model diorama based on a town alleyway

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Heritage Crafts on TV

Heritage Crafts on TV

Over the weekend, I had an email from Spun Gold TV. Spun Gold is an independent producerĀ and has previously made shows such as Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, Great Canal Journeys, Back in the Saddle and Love

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