Nest Cam & Self Monitored Security

I live and work in a fairly remote spot. I mean, we are only 20 minutes from Austin, TX but to get to my shop and home you have to go down a number of small country roads and even a gravel lane of sorts.  When you finally make your way here, you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere. It’s great. I love it… But, there are times when living in such a location makes you feel pretty vulnerable. If we are out of town, we don’t have neighbors to watch over the joint. And if we are in the house, we aren’t in line of sight with the shop.

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Vintage Station Signs

A very good friend of mine gave me this sign for obvious reasons… All evidence points to it being manufactured in the 1940’s, but here’s the thing – I’ve seen very similar signs in a number of different places across the country. They all share the same typeface, the same colors, and the same build characteristics, but of course, advertise various stations and repair shops. This leads me to believe that someone in the 1940’s and 50’s was selling customizable porcelain signs to service stations across the country.

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Happy 4th

Happy 4th y’all…

Long Stock Storage


I was fumbling around the Garage Gallery this morning and saw a pretty smart solution for long stock storage. You can see the details here. The user was inspired by the photo above, but actually created a square box solution for more space efficiency. Pretty brilliant to utilize the voided space between joists in such a manner…

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Shipping Container Work Shop

So I was farting around on YouTube and ran into this kind of commercialized build of a shipping container work shop. I have no need for such a thing, but it did get my mind going… which, in turn, led me to looking for other container builds. Although the production quality sucks, the video above covers what is probably the best I found.

These things are inventive as hell… Anyone ever built one?

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