Latest Crop of Bots

March 31st, 2014

The Latest

Trying to get my numbers up in my robot army.

Blue Bot

This blue guy came from a peach flan recipe, so he is Flan Bot.

White Bot

An Earl Grey Tea body and evaporated milk head, T.E.A. Bot.

Small Robot Head

Just a head for the moment, tuna fish can and Altoids lid. Don’t know if I want to eat that meal.

Electroetching Metal Dials

March 27th, 2014


I’ve been working on some dials that go to 11, and I figured I would try electroetching a set. I basically followed this Instructable to the letter. Thanks Switch and Lever.

The stainless steel washer etched really nicely, and polished pretty well too. The galvanized, not so much. Fun to experiment with it though.

These Go To 11

March 26th, 2014

These go to 11

When you need that extra push over the cliff.

These go to 11

Just messing around with some potentiometers, some washers, some appliance paint, and a laser cutter.

These go to 11

Mocking Up Robot Bodies

March 26th, 2014

Mocking up bodies

I’ve been mocking up some more Robot Recipe robot bodies. Both body cans are from coffee, one big, one small. And the arms are drawer pulls, one set big, one small.

Mocking up bodies

I think the bigger robot is looking right (no idea how I’m going to fit it in the powder coating oven), but I’m not crazy about the other one. Something is not right. But I do like the head. The potentiometer eyes are a bit creepy.

Head Assembled

Chili Bot Assemble

March 17th, 2014

The latest Robot Recipe toy I’m working on. This one came from a chili dinner, so I creatively call it Chili Bot.

Head Assembled and Wired

Head Assembled and Wired

Chili Bot Assemble

I Love Powder Coating

March 15th, 2014

All of the parts coated and cooked

One of my new obsessions is powder coating. So far, everything I know about it came from this Make Magazine article. (thanks John).

It gives metal parts an amazing automotive like finish. First clean the parts, spray them with powder, then bake em. That easy.

Prepped and cleaned with acetone

Hung in spray hood

Powder Coated, ready for oven

Fresh out of the oven

DNA Vending Machine on TED

March 10th, 2014

Gabe Barcia-Colombo presented his DNA Vending Machine at TED recently. I had the pleasure to fabricate the DNA cases.

Great job Gabe.

Easy Wood Finish: Milk Paint on Apartment Therapy

March 6th, 2014

Apartment Therapy ran another video, this one on applying a milk paint finish. I’m pretty new to milk paint, but it’s kind of hard to screw up. You paint it on, you sand it off. The trick is to keep working it till you get your desired finish.

Milk Paint Test

The Dancer Pepper Mill

March 6th, 2014

Pepper Mill

I fabricated the Dancer Pepper Mill prototype for Frank Benson. It was made from a material called colorply that I loved working with.

Colorply Pepper Mill

Colorply Pepper Mill

Complex has a great write up of it:

“The Dancer Salt and Pepper mills are made of an imported composite wood which was used to create the bar for CafĂ© Dancer in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The mouthwatering red, white, and green caprese salad colors intrinsic to the material will enliven any table with a festive and puzzling air while providing freshly ground seasoning for every meal.”

Tung Oil and Wax Finish

March 3rd, 2014

Apartment Therapy ran a great video of one of my favorite finishes, tung oil and wax.