December Update: Project List

I started this blog in 2011 with absolutely no idea of my goals. This has resulted in me posting quite a bit of random stuff over the last seven or so years. Most of my post, especially some of the earlier garbage, has since been removed. In an effort to become a more effective “blogger”, I want to add a monthly update where I discuss all of my different projects. This is partly for those who tend to visit on a regular basis, and for me to better track my own progress with my projects.

At the moment, all of my projects are on hold due to the holidays. Once the new year begins, I am hoping that I can refocus my attention and time on the following list of projects.


PROJECT: 3-D PRINTING

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The Monoprice Mini Delta 3D printer

I recently (today) finally got my hands on a 3D-printer. This was a gift from my spouse who couldn’t wait for Christmas morning to surprise me. I have yet to use this printer because we are still waiting for the printer filament to arrive. I have expressed an interest in acquiring a 3-D printer for well over a year so the excitement I feel when I look up and see one sitting on my desk as I type this up cannot be overstated. I have done quite a bit of reading on this model and I understand that it will have its limitations but I think it will make an excellent beginner printer for me to learn with. I will be doing a review and project post very soon about this little guy.


PROJECT: MASTER CHIEF MANNEQUIN

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My Master Chief Cosplay Suit

In a recent post, I shared with you that I have a full set of cosplay armor based on the Master Chief from the Halo series. I last used this armor for Holloween. Since that time, it has been resting in a neat pile beside my desk. I feel that this is a complete waste of this suits potential thus, I intend to build a mannequin to display this armor on. My hope is to have the Chief on display in my office by the summer time.


PROJECT: VIDEO GAME CONSOLE SHELF

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Some of my Video Game Consoles

I recently pulled my old consoles out of storage and was a bit surprised at how much stuff I still had from the past 25 years of gaming history. I spent the past few weeks with my old console collection sitting out on my fireplace mantle, racking my brain trying to sort out just what to do with all of these guys. I’m certain that I want to build a custom shelf to house each console, but I’m not sure of where I will place this shelf. This project, at this point, is 100% in my head. It is shameful to leave all of these memories in a box so I hope to have this finished by the beginning of Spring.


PROJECT: ROYAL TYPEWRITER RESTORATION

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The 1960 Royal FP

I recently found myself in a conversation with my daughter about the keys on my computer keyboard. I was attempting to explain the “qwerty” layout to her and how it was influenced by the mechanical nature of the typewriter. This conversation led me to purchase a broken typewriter from a thrift store for “educational” reasons. Being a kid who had to actually use a typewriter for school reports, this thing brought back a ton of memories, despite being broken. I got the idea in my head that I will repair this machine in the future, though this is not a pressing matter, I do hope to finish this project this year.  In the meantime, it makes for a great conversation piece.


PROJECT: SINGER SEWING MACHINE RESTORATION

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Singer Slant o’ Matic 401E

Much like the typewriter above, this is another mechanical project that brings with it a bit of nostalgia. I was a Parachute Rigger (MOS92R) during my time in the U.S. Army and a great deal of my time consisted of me repairing the sewing machines we used to repair the parachutes. This is highly technical work that requires great attention to detail and I loved it. I was probably one of the few people who actually enjoyed tearing down a sewing machine and rebuilding it again.

I had been looking for a sewing machine for a few years when I happened across this 1961 Slant o’ Matic at a local drift store. It was a steal at 30$ so I swooped it up. It is locked up however and is going to require a teardown to sort out the issue. I hope to get this project wrapped sometime near the end of Summer.


 

These are the major projects on my mind right now. I will attempt to update this list each month with progress reports on each project. I will also be adding new projects as I go.

Thanks for your time.

-Beal

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