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1  Truck Hitch Cover in Completed Projects by foldingj on: October 03, 2008 04:07:55 PM
I recently purchased a new truck. Well, it isn't exactly NEW, but it is new to me. The truck came with a heavy duty trailer hitch. Immediately after seeing the square hole in the back, my mental gears started turning. You see them everywhere, those store bought trailer hitch covers. There are tons out on the market ranging from boat props and dancing deer to simple sport team logos. Well, I wanted something different, so I made my own. And this time of year is the perfect time to find those oh so special items.

I made my first hitch cover with my favorite horror movie killer Jason (we have to stick together). With a simple nut and bolt through the chest and into the hitch plug, you have a one of a kind hitch cover. I even installed a camera on my plate to see when people get too close. Everyone wants to get an up close look at this guy.

Next, in keeping with the items found during Halloween season them, I wanted something to slip over those plain old trailer hitch balls. I wanted a hand and so be it, I got one. I had to put some wood dowels in the outer finger to keep them more in an upright position. Then, I used some fishing line and a needle to thread through the hand to keep the fingers down and in the position I wanted. Yeah, some other hand gestures came to mine, but the cops around here don't like that. In the mean time, THROW UP YOUR ROCK HAND. Party on.

Thanks for looking and enjoy.
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2  USB Finger in Completed Projects by foldingj on: September 06, 2008 06:46:26 PM
Halloween is my favorite holiday and it will be here before you know it. My usb flash drive mod obsession is always on my mind. Put these two statements together, and you get my latest creations. Is it possible for something to be both cool and creepy? I think so. With some Halloween fingers, usb flash drives, hot glue, and a hot knife, you too can give some geek "The Finger". Enjoy

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3  Han Solo Carbonite USB Flash Drive in Completed Projects by foldingj on: July 14, 2008 07:54:08 PM
I know it has been a while since I posted anything, and yes, I have been really busy. But this latest creation is just too cool not to mention. I have made my very own Han Solo in carbonite USB flash drive. I made a mold of a carbonite figure with some molding latex (i can't remember where I got it, but it is food grade, chocolate bar carbonite Han Solo anyone?)  Anyway, I made my mold, opened up a usb flash drive and inserted it into the mold. I acquired a melting pot recently and have been dying to try some utee casting. So I melted up some clear utee and a little darker utee for color (can't remember if it was hematite or something else). I melted and blended the mix, poured in the liquid and voila, instant Star Wars geekery. I tested the drive to make sure it works and it works great. And for an added bonus, the read/write light actually shines through the material. You can't see through it, but the light can shine out. Odd but a very cool unexpected bonus. I am such a geek and I am ok with that. Fire up the backpack jets, I'm outta here.

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4  Re: End Grain Butcher Block in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by foldingj on: February 11, 2008 04:20:05 PM
I finally got off my butt and made some more. These are relatively easy to make, lots of fun, and the pay off is worth it. Enjoy

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5  Skulls and bones coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by foldingj on: February 10, 2008 01:24:03 PM
I absolutely love making these. Easy to do, fun, unique and one of a kind, and the the possibilities are ENDLESS.  Here are some of my latest coasters. Skull beads and bones never go out of style. And yes, the green skulls and beads glow in the dark. How cool is that. I used the resin from Lowes (don't let the sales guy tell you it won't work), beads (Ebay is full of deals for beads), and my imagination. Enjoy

Close Up

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6  Terminator Hands in Completed Projects by foldingj on: February 10, 2008 01:09:16 PM
So, what do you do after watching a Terminator marathon and suffer from an over active imagination and random spare parts in the shop? Well, you make some terminator hands of course. I founds some pvc pipe and fittings, some scrap wood, silver spray paint, and some metal looking contact paper. OK, so I had to go buy the contact paper, but it was worth it. I even used two different sizes of piping for the forearm to simulate the "bones". I think they turned out pretty good. I'm still trying to figure out a good place to hang them. Maybe after I reorganize my shop, I can find a better place. But for now, I have them hanging from the rafters (perfect reach height and out of the way) and using them to hang my hats, crafting boggans, and my crafting apron (yes, the apron came from another fellow craftster). Anyway, enjoy. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make a body and head. Hmmmmm........

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7  USB Flash Drive Mods (MORE) in Completed Projects by foldingj on: January 30, 2008 12:38:37 PM
This week, I got the USB flash drive mod bug "AGAIN". I love messing with these things. Refer to my last usb mod post and you will see what I mean.


Anyway, here is my latest batch. They include 3 muscles cars, 2 off road trucks, and a helicopter. Thats right, I said helicopter. I know I have issues, but that is just me.   Enjoy

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8  End Grain Butcher Block in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by foldingj on: December 26, 2007 10:00:51 AM
So I just had to post these. I dabble with woodworking (as you can see from some of my past projects), but this time I wanted to do something a little more traditional. For Christmas presents to my parents and my in-laws, I made some end grain butcher blocks. End grain butcher blocks are better for your knives and they show less cut marks after use (as apposed to standard side grain cutting boards). I made them from hard maple and Brazilian cherry. I routed out a notch on each side for handles (makes it easier to pick up) and some self leveling feet. They measure out to be about 13 inches deep, 18 inches wide, and 2 inches thick. They are definitely hefty and should last forever. I love these things and they were relatively simple to make, just a little time consuming. A big thanks goes out to thewoodwhisperer.com for showing me how to do these. Now I need to make one for myself. Enjoy




Actually, if I can make more of them and figure out how to get my etsy page up and running, I will have to make them available. You can buy these online for $100 and up. But I'm sure I can make them for less. Keep on the look out.
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9  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery December 2007 in The Swap Gallery by foldingj on: December 26, 2007 09:49:20 AM
Here are the items I received for my personal swap with mimiw.

Items include homemade soap, hat and scarf, two sets of coasters, toiletry bag, and girlie bag. Most of the items I had made for my beloved wife, since she rarely gets things (other than from me of course). In return, I made for her the lamps, baseball coasters, and picture holders posted on this thread.
A big thanks to mimi for this great swap and a Merry Craftmas to all.
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10  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery December 2007 in The Swap Gallery by foldingj on: December 19, 2007 03:17:04 PM
foldingj and I did a personal swap - he made items for my husband for Christmas and I made stuff for his wife.  He sent the most amazing package EVER!  I couldn't wait until Christmas to give it to my hubby so he got it Saturday for his birthday instead. 

There was also a picture holder made of wood but I had to keep one thing for Christmas!  foldingj, if you want to post a picture of it please do so since I haven't gotten one yet.  Thanks so much for a great swap!!

Thanks. I had a blast making everything. Here are the pics of the picture holder.

If you look close, the two pictures are not identical. They are to show both sides of the picture holder. The holder is made from two different woods. One side is oak (typical brown orangeish color), the other side is poplar (lighter greenish color). I did this for flexibility. Depending on your decor, light or dark or traditional. You can just turn the holder around. Flexibility is key.
Just fyi, I am the one in the scuba picture and the one in the orange shorts in the kayak prep picture. Yeah, I got nice legs. lol. Enjoy
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