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John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Boing Boing and Make. He has a very suspicious set of skills. jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark

Fixing a safe lock with a bullet casing

s&g lock

Manipulating safe locks can be fun and profitable! It also takes practice. I recently bought a used safe combination dial lock and mounted it to a  piece of reclaimed wood. Mounting a dial lock involves threading the dial spline bolt through the combination wheels, and then hammering a soft, brass "spline key" into the spline's notch so that the dial will turn the wheels.

My lock came without a spline key, so I searched around the house for some brass to use. I found a spent bullet cartridge casing, and attacked it with a rotary tool cutoff wheel to get a sliver of brass.

casing

After sanding off the rough edges, I folded it over to the proper thickness to fit snugly in the threaded spline.

spline key

One solid blow with a deadblow hammer, and the soft brass wedged in place. The dial now turns beautifully.

fixed s&g

I'll be bringing this and some other cutaway locks to Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder, where I'll be teaching lock picking workshops, so if you're attending, please come check it out.

Illustrator is drawing every item in his late grandfather's tool shed

shedTools01

Artist Lee John Phillips has begun to lovingly draw the over 100,000 items housed in his late grandfather's toolshed. He plans to catalog every single tool, part, gadget, and bit of hardware over the course of the next five years.

Shed3

I adore old tools and hardware, and I find that his illustration style is wonderful at capturing their essence. I'll be following along on his Instagram page, and would certainly purchase a print edition should he make one available (hint, hint).

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Artist Celebrates Late Grandfather by Drawing the 100,000+ Items in His Tool Shed (Thanks, Oh Soon!)

Just look at this intentionally confusing banana Arduino

wtfduino

Just look at it.

WTFDuino (Thanks, Marc de Vinck!)

Imperial Melody Discharger - Stormtrooper helmet art build notes

I built the Imperial Melody Discharger, an articulated Stormtrooper helmet music box, for the Star Wars Day ("May the 4th be with you") vinyl Stormtrooper helmet art show . For the event, artists across the Walt Disney Company, including DisneyToon Studios where I work, were invited to participate by using a blank 6" helmet as the canvas for their work. What follows are my build notes and work in progress images.

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