The disappearing tools........

I needed more space in my workshop so I had to make some bench tools disappear and this is how I did it.......

.....and a peek into my workshop....

Busy creating a new tool for my workshop.....the 3D router.

I have created this from an instuctable by Paoson Woodwork.  It is worth taking a look at what he has created if you are a will want this machine!  The pieces of wood were just a test to calibrate the router.  Look at Paoson's video to see the potential of this 3D router

Just a quick update......

I have been so busy creating my new workshop that I haven't been able to update this blog......I will be completing some projects in the near future...stay tuned.  In the meantime you might like to look at how to make some of the things I have put up here....

How to make.....

Light up bedside table

I took two Ikea bedside tables that were painted white with white drawer pulls and painted them gloss black.  I replaced the drawer pulls with 'steampunky' brass knobs with an antique balloon picture in the centre.  I found some glass shelves to put on top which were wider and deeper than the tables so I created a frame to go around the bedside tables, as the framing material was quite thin I used some acrylic between the frame and the table.  Under the acrylic I installed LEDs to light up the inside edge of the table.  Lastly I created some brass switches to turn on the LEDs.......the effect is awsome and now I don't need a table lamp!

Sir Round-a-Sound -- Little Heart

This little beauty plays iPods (with a lightning connector) and also USB sticks!

The shiny buttons on the front are for volume control.  What you can't see below the grill is the play/pause button.  The button on the top left is for turning on the amp and switching between players.

The USB player with on/off switch to the right.

Long horns are back!.....

Can anyone think of a good steampunk use for these?  They've been cleaned up now and are glistening chrome.

Adding the iPad

I have now included the iPad and controls (not shown) which are functioning very well.

This is the start of my new Ultimate Steampunk Entertainment System (U.S.E.S.)

I have big plans for this old neglected, trashed radio cabinet from the 30's...stay tuned! (Pun intended)

My first Bluetooth speaker! Unfinished.

I went to the markets one sunny Sunday morning and came across this Radiola speaker cabinet built January 18, 1921.  Originally the speaker was covered in a tight weave gold cloth.  It is a completely empty case which would have housed two very large speakers back to back and used outside.  Part of a radio.

Anyway I thought what a perfect bluetooth speaker it would make.  It stands 42cm high and the speaker enclosure is 35cm in diameter......this thing is BIG!  So I bought a cheap blue tooth speaker from K-Mart and dismantled it.   I took a 25 watt amplifier (which I had on hand) and output the bluetooth speaker into the amp.  I had also picked up some cheap car speakers (15 watt each - $5 AUD for both) and connected them to the amp output.

Once all was set up I pulled out my iPhone turned on the bluetooth, found the speaker and logged say this thing is loud is an understatement, it was ear shatteringly beautiful...a party machine at heart.  My next step is to 'beautify' the cabinet.  I'll keep you posted.

It's been awhile.....

This is an updated version of iPhonograph 'Too Tone' and has gone to Centenary Institute to raise much needed funds for research into cures for cancer.  The iPhonograph raised $1,000 in their silent auction.  This was optimised to be used with the iPhone 5 which it will also charge and can charge anything with a lightning connector.

My friends at Reverse Garbage

Reverse Garbage had a 'Wheel of Crap' event showcasing found objects upcycled to useful artefacts...and displaying my 'Sir Round-a-Sound'

 Reverse Garbage

iPhonograph Chrome is finally finished and with its new owners!

This one also has a remote control and plays your music beautifully.

This is it's third and final incarnation....see if you can find the differences.