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My Other Hobby – Woodworking

One of my other/many hobbies is woodworking. I’ll admit that most of what I’ve built is not artistic, and many of my projects follow plans published in woodworking magazines (including Woodsmith and American Woodworker). I’ll also admit that much of what I built as a beginner was…well…crap. More recent pieces have found a good place in our home or the homes of our kids. My basement workshop has been a retreat from the stresses of daily life and a welcome space to practice a craft that I admired from a distance for many years. Woodworkers fall into two broad “tribes” – Norm-ites and Luddites. The former are followers of Norm Abram and believe that a power tool exists for every task. The latter group eschews the use of power tools. I’m an unashamed self-admitted Norm-ite.

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Custom Foam Insert for Hasselblad X1D Kit Using MyCaseBuilder

I’ve just completed a 3D project. No, not 3D printing. It’s a custom foam insert for a Pelican rolling case. I intend to use the case for both equipment storage and travel. Why not the Hasselblad Field Kit Pelican Case? It’s not wheeled, isn’t a newer Pelican Air case, doesn’t accommodate the XCD 21mm lens, is more expensive, and isn’t sized for the maximum airline carry-on dimensions. Plus, this looked like a fun project to take on during the hot and humid days of summer.

I used MyCaseBuilder.com to design and fabricate the foam insert. The insert fits a Pelican Air 1535 rolling case that meets the carry-on restrictions of most airlines and is convenient for automobile travel. The case is similar to the standard Pelican 1510, a case that I use for equipment storage. The new Pelican Air cases are lighter and more mobile than their standard counterparts. Having used “pick and pluck” foam inserts in Pelican cases in the past, I wanted to give custom foam inserts a try.

Completed custom foam insert showing gear placement

Completed custom foam insert showing gear placement

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Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!

Today marks the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since it’s one of my favorite photo subjects, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite images of the bridge. Happy birthday!


 

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Steve Jobs – He changed our lives. We will miss him.

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Happy Independence Day!

As we celebrate the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, be reminded of the second sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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