DIY CD Wall Rack

Posted by Dave Eddy on 29 May 2017 - tags: diy

I moved the Mug Rack I built recently which freed up some wall space. I decided to build a CD rack to hang on the wall so I could have a place to display my collection instead of hiding them in a closet.

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End Table Repair and Renewal

Posted by Dave Eddy on 28 May 2017 - tags: diy

My sister Jaime broke the glass to one of her favorite tables. I took the legs home, gave them a new look with some Burnished Amber spray paint, and created a brand new wood top with some pine scraps I had lying around stained with a coat of Provincial pine stain from Minwax.

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Raspberry PI WiFi Hang Fix

Posted by Dave Eddy on 17 May 2017 - tags: tech

If you have a Raspberry Pi on WiFi then you are probably aware of the struggles with it randomly disconnecting. If anything goes wrong with the WiFi (access point restarts, IP address changes, you look at the pi the wrong way, etc.) the WiFi will drop and never fix itself. I've written a script called net-dev-kick to kick the network device if a ping check fails.

https://github.com/bahamas10/net-dev-kick

There are a lot of small scripts floating around forums that do what net-dev-kick does (albeit, poorly and with a lot of assumptions) so I decided to clean it all up and make a simple yet robust program to deal with this situation.

This script attempts to ping a server that should always be up (use your router or something similar) and if it fails, it restarts the interface given as $1.

net-dev-kick is intended to be used on the raspberry pi to fix wlan0, but can theoretically be used on any machine to fix any interface. It's best used as a cronjob that runs every 5 or so minutes.

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Ikea Patio Table Wood Top

Posted by Dave Eddy on 16 May 2017 - tags: diy

I bought a patio set of furniture from Ikea when I was living in California around 2011/2012. I was using it up until last year as a desk for my iMac that I replaced with a DIY Computer Desk. My mom gave me the idea to make a wood top for it and turn it into a dining room table - so I did!

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Bed Headboard

Posted by Dave Eddy on 07 Nov 2016 - tags: diy

I decided to make a headboard to accompany the Bed Frame I built earlier this year.

Instead of worrying about how to connect it to my bed frame I sort of cheated, and just framed it up and mounted it to the wall like a hanging picture.

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DIY Sliding Barn Bedroom and Bathroom Doors

Posted by Dave Eddy on 06 Nov 2016 - tags: diy

After seeing how much I liked the DIY Closet Barn Doors that I made, I decided to make new doors for my bedroom and upstairs bathroom.

I had already purchased some hardware (that I used for the bathroom door) from Lowe's about a year ago, so I ended up by what new pieces I would need to finish the bedroom and bathroom doors from Amazon

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Upright Piano Repair

Posted by Dave Eddy on 02 Nov 2016 - tags: diy

I found this piano on Craigslist for free, as the owner was moving from NY to Florida. I hired piano movers to transport it to my house, and from there I ventured onto trying to fix it myself. Most of the keys were chipped and needed to be re-topped, and about 5 of the keys did nothing when pressed (didn't play).

I managed to fix most of the issues, but there is still some weirdness with the piano where I will need to hire a professional to come fix it fully.

All of the parts I ordered were from Howard Piano Industries

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Motion Sensor Bed LED Lights

Posted by Dave Eddy on 01 Nov 2016 - tags: diy

I added LED strips to the Bed Frame I built earlier this year activated by a motion sensor. This way, when I walk into my room or get out of bed when it is dark, these will light up and provide a nice ambient glow that will make it easier to see.

The 2 led strips on either side of the bed connect to the USB wall charger adapter, which connects to the motion sensor. Whenever motion is detected, the strips turn on for ~30 seconds providing a nice low light.

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Matching Nightstands

Posted by Dave Eddy on 29 Oct 2016 - tags: diy

It's only been a year since I built my first nightstand, but in that time I've learned a lot that could be translated over into building newer, fancier nightstands for my bedroom.

I still love my light-up nightstand - it will just have a new place in my house.

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