Marble run update
In my first “From Rob’s Bench” blog I mentioned a very modest marble run my son and I started. Although I was excited about the tiny bit of work we did, I largely included it in my inaugural blog to lock myself into having to make it, as I knew readers would want to see its progress. I was right. I’ve received a few messages asking about its progress (Thanks for keeping me honest!), so I thought an update was in order.
Since my first post, my son and I have worked on it twice, I worked on it once solo (I couldn’t help myself), and I even got my daughter into the shop once to give us her thoughts. It’s still far from done, and really far from perfect, but it’s been fun trying to coerce a small marble down a flight of stairs in a controlled manner, especially when the marble seems to act differently with each run. I’m telling you, these marbles have minds of their own. I keep telling the kids that marbles getting stuck part way down a run is very common for even the most dedicated marble-run aficionados, and that means we’re pushing the limits of awesomeness. I think they both bought it, and now have full confidence in me again.
We’ve quickly used up about a quarter of the height we have to work with, but we’ve come up with an idea to use a mechanism to start a second ball that’s up toward the starting height to leap into action when the first marble comes into contact with the mechanism. It’s a tall task, but we’re all looking forward to seeing what we come up with.
All Downhill – The marble run is coming along, but I don’t think we’ll be done anytime soon.
Virtual Wood Show
The Virtual Wood Show is coming up this weekend. I’ll be there giving a seminar about possibly my very favourite woodworking topic — adding texture to furniture and woodwork. The only part of furniture making I love more than seeing a cool texture on wood, is doing the actual texturing.
Most folks love the smooth surface of a newly finished piece of furniture, but I much prefer the look and feel that texture offers. So much variety. So eye-catching. If you think folks reach out to touch a smooth surface, watch what happens when texture is added to wood. Join me Friday, March 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to learn how you can start adding texture to woodworking projects. Check out WoodShows.com for more information.
As an aside, if you join us at the show you can also try your chances at winning a Milwaukee M12 Surge impact driver kit. I made a 15-second video to promote it, but making videos are never as simple as they look, especially when you have a mouthy shop dog. I eventually put her in the car for a few minutes, and shot the final video clip.
I hope to see you at the show.
You’re Okay, Birdie! – Birdie either wants to be let loose to search the shop, or at least be featured in a video. I chose the latter option.