New series

Hey guys, about time to write something again.
A couple of days ago, I picked up a free lawnmower and got it home to do some work before selling it again. It was given away as non-starting, but it had been run a couple of weeks ago. I did some very basic testing like spark, air filter, etc. Nothing bad, except the fuel smelled funny, almost like diesel. The previous owner said she had run it dry, and then filled it up and couldn’t get it to start again. I’m going to empty the tank, open the carb and clean it out and hope that sorts it. It fired for a second or two, using start spray directly in the carb.

Doing those small tests, brought be an idea; I’m going to start a new series of videos on my YouTube channel. Pickup 2 Profit, sounded like a great name so that’s what I’m going with. Here’s a link to my first video in the series. This first item, I’m doing in multi part videos, however I think I’m going to make 1-video “shows” that are a bit longer in the future.

Hope to see you again and I hope to have you watch, comment, like and subscribe to my videos!

Quality

I went an did it… I splurged on a new camera for my videos. Having used a camcorder up until now, this time I went DSLR which I’ve wanted to do for some time now. I used to be really into photography and have an early Canon EOS 400D, with no video options.

For once, I did a lot of research, and landed on Canon EOS 70D or 700D hopefully the former. The store didn’t have a 70 in stock, and I didn’t want to wait for them to order and get one, so I ended up with a 700D, which covers all my needs.

More in depth post as soon as I’ve used it a bit, and can say I have an honest opinion.

YouTube Giveaway

In light of my slump (read last post), I really wanted to do one or more videos. Got the idea that I’d do a giveaway to my subscribers. Here are the details:

Open until June 20th
New and existing subscribers
Must follow me on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/mrgeirandersen/)
Send me a message on YouTube of your first name and Instagram account name.

On June 21st or 22nd, I’ll do a video on the “lottery-draw”.

Good luck!

All ahead; STOP

I have been in such a bad slump lately… Can’t seem to get my head spun right and able to  make something new.
StopI’ve designated it: Makersblock!
Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing I can do about it, other times it’s just another bump in the road. Ever since the bridge on our main highway collapsed, it’s over doubled my travel time to my shop. This, in turn with there being heavy traffic and lots of stops and queues, has resulted in me not wanting to drive there for a while.

I don’t have any good space here at home to do any real work, and I don’t want to drive all that extra way just to test out a small idea. Driving for 35-40 minutes to test a 10 minute idea, … I could (and should) maybe gather up things, and drive to test out several things but my mind just doesn’t seem to be in it. I’d like to have a place where I could also take 5 and surf the web, maybe to learn a new thing. My shop is currently located in a barn where there’s no internet connection possible (yes, there are a few places like that).

Ah well, I guess I should just muscle through and get going. Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see!

YouTube

I just wanted to make a quick post today, because I only realized this last night.
My subscriber count just passed 100 subs!

Now, I know this is just a drop in the ocean, but for me it’s an achievement.
I hope to produce a new video or two, just as soon as I know what I’ll make.

Travel case

Hey folks, how are ya’ll doing? Just thought I’d let you know about the latest article I’m writing on Defiance.no. I used the weekend to make a travel/carry case for my e-cigarette and some apparel. Again, no video but I’m making more of these so there will be video then.

This was a proof of concept, built from 5/32 plywood, 23 gauge headless pins and Titebond wood glue. Like I write in the article, this was my first time using Titebond and what a product! I’m used to generic white wood glue here in Norway, but that’s got nothing on yellow glue. I bought a 16 oz bottle as a test, and to give you an example of prices here: I found the same bottle at Home Depot for ~$5. My price over here: ~$18 If I were to buy the full gallon jug: ~$75!!! I’m still going to buy the gallon though, but at what prize.

Now, video… I’m still making these things at home, where it’s small and not very well lit. I’m setting up two halogen lights on a stand, which I hope will be good for video purposes. I used to make regular videos on the channel NordicSurvivalist, my second channel. However, due to several personal issues, I didn’t make a video for a very long time. You can have a look at my primary channel and see what I have been able to produce and make.

Combined

Combined

Here’s a small picture of the latest project. Head on over to Defiance.no to have a look at the article there.

 

Thanks for stopping by, and check back soon for a new video. Can’t wait to get started!

Joinery

Hey guys and gals, how are ya’ll doing?
I thought I’d write a quick bit today, as the video project I started… fell through. I was all set for making a video on this project I wrote about on Defiance, but there just wasn’t a way for me to shoot it here at home. Cramped and dimly lit, I gave it up and decided to write about it instead.

I made this here at home and not at my “shop”. Not really a shop, but where I keep my tools. All I used for this one is a jigsaw and a very small band saw, apart from my drill of course. The entry table is very simple and takes little to complete. However, at first I was at a loss as to how to join the parts that were already cut. I don’t have the means to do mortise and tenon and I had never really considered pocket holes until now. I spend A LOT of hours on YouTube and I have seen loads of videos covering Kreg pocket hole jigs. I don’t know why, but I have been under the impression that pocket holes are, less than adequate. Decisions, decisions… Norway feels like the middle ages at times. Tools, materials and so much more, not available or only available through lengthy imports from eBay and the likes.

I did a bit of Google’ing and actually found a retailer only an hours drive away. I called ahead to make sure I didn’t drive for nothing, and he was getting a new shipment that same day. I ended up getting the Kreg R3, which seemed to fit my needs just well. I bought screws, but man.. those Kreg screws are expensive over here. I figured I could find adequate screws in one of our warehouses (and I was right) so I have plenty of different length screws.

So, in conclusion… I don’t know why I was so hesitant to try pocket holes, as my experience now is they are easy, durable and has a place in woodworking.

See you again soon!

Learning new things

I never thought I’d say or do this, but I’m learning SketchUp for making detailed plans for my projects!
I’m not going to write a long post on this now, just thought I’d post a quick one with my first “sketch”.

Entry tableThis is a “semi-accurate” model of what I’m going to make for my entry. It’s a shallow table on which I hope to find a bowl or basket to place, to hold keys and what-not.

Notice there are no  legs in the back. I’m planning to fasten it to the wall so it’s actually a mix of a shelf and a table.

I’ve made a drawer-front in the sketch, but I’ve not yet decided if it’s a false front or an actual drawer. Decisions, decisions…

NB! I’ve started an article on Defiance.no which I’ll update continuously  as the project proceeds.

Some changes

Hey guys and gals, long time no read.
I’m still going to the dentist (yes, it’s taking forever!), and I’ve been having other issues leading to me not writing or making anything.

What I have been doing, is a boatload of thinking and planning. A while back I bought the domain http://www.defiance.no, without any real plan for it. I have decided to use that site as where I post articles, images and videos of my projects. I’ll be using this site (geirandersen.com) as my personal site and blog.

LogoThere’s nothing there as of right now, but I hope to get started on some old write-up’s shortly.

 

 

Apologies

Short post today, to say I’m very sorry for not having posted or made another video. I have bee a bit busy trying to get some Christmas things done, having acquired a new rent contract and I’m learning new (and old) things for work.

My educations is auto mechanic and a degree as an ICT manager. I work for one of Norway’s largest private security companies as a consultant, and I was asked if I could help with some database work. I haven’t worked with databases for a very long time, but I immediately said yes, as I was very happy to get some “new” things to work with.

Anyhoo, I’ve been busy trying to brush up on my SQL, using Toad for MySQL and I’m working on the database for this very site. Hope to get some time to maybe make a video soon, but I’m concentrating on getting as good as I can get with the database stuff.

Thank you for your patience, and I’ll see you shortly.