Author: Wes

Whoa! I won a Prusa i3 MK2 3D Printer!?

In Janurary, I wrote up an Instructables article for my Thwomp Gaming Console build.  There are several motivations behind writing Instructables for my projects.  First off, it is a great way to get more eyes on your work and traffic to your YouTube channel/ other social media platforms. Secondly, I use the images and bits of text for Reddit posts of my respective projects.  Another great motivator are their contests!  They are a fantastic way for me to work towards a deadline to enter and get an idea from the sketchbook to reality. Instructables constantly has contests going on of various themes and origins to encourage people to participate on their website.  For every Instructable you write, you can submit it for up to three active contests.  The prizes can range from a Instructables prize pack (usually an Instructables stickers, patches, and a shirt) to some pretty awesome items like power tools.

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Cement Thwomp Game System

I recently finished my late “entry” for the USB Hub Challenge in support and solidarity of Giaco Whatever’s Concrete USB Hub video which somehow attracted trolls like chum for a shark.

While this project was definitely a handful, it came out pretty well in the end.  Checkout the video below for more!

I am doing a short run of painted and unpainted cement Thwomps that are for sale in the store.  These do not have the electronics in them. Just for display.

Including the emulation hardware is definitely experimental and I would not feel right selling that to someone if it shorts out/breaks 2 weeks later.

If you would like to build your own, checkout the Project Materials list below.  These links are Amazon Affiliate links.  If you want to help out Geeksmithing and keep the lights on, using those links to purchase your materials helps me out a great deal.

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DIY Spaceship Changing Table

I was recently contacted by to create a unique changing table.  After a bit of discussion, we settled on a space theme.  The Photoshop concept drawing below was extremely helpful in establishing scale and appropriate dimensions to get that classic cartoon rocket look. received_10154375736509458 Read more

Mario Themed Bookcase Build

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We have read books to Grant every evening before bed for quite a long time.  His books were stored in a large Rubbermaid® bin adjacent to the rocking chair.  We never intended for this to be a permanent solution, we just fell into using it after a while. After a time we came to the realization that he needed a proper way to store his growing book and toy collection.  Not just any bookcase would do in this room, no sir! I just had to make it complicated… 😉  Keep in mind that I had basically no decorative woodworking experience up to this point.  After consulting several woodworking friends and YouTube videos, I figured I could give it a proper go!

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Wow, what a whirlwind trip!  This past weekend I had the chance to checkout the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo California, and it was a complete blast!  Robots, 3d printers, cnc machines, drones, robots and makers as far as the eye could see!

The video wrap up will be coming soon, but for not, checkout some of the awesome people and projects I had the pleasure to see!

Chocolate Jimmy DiResta

Last year Jimmy DiResta began a campaign to help raise money for his new workshop he is planning to build in upstate New York.  Not any fun raising campaign, but he was having a figure produced of his likeness by a good friend of his in the toy biz.  They were going to be available in to varieties, painted and unpainted.  When this was announced, I knew that I must get an unpainted one to incorporate into some projects!

Several months ago I ordered food grade silicone and casting chocolate solely for this purpose…to create a confectionery based Mr. DiResta… After many months of waiting the figure arrived, just in time to make a CocoaDiResta to bring down to the Woodworking show in Atlanta to give to the man himself.  I had four days to create the molds and chocolate castings of both Jimmy and his feline pal Spike.

I was able to finish the items just in time to bring them down to the show.  I decided to package the gift in a first generation iPad box to utilize upcycling… something I figured Jimmy could get behind! 😀

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Mario Kart 8 Nursery

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In October of 2013, we found out we were going to have another kid!  Any sane person would be instantly concerned about all of the logistics that come into play after learning this life-altering news.  Me? I was trying to figure out what nursery theme I was going to choose.  After creating my Legend of Zelda and Yoshi’s Island nurseries, I knew I had to up the ante just a bit.  A Paper Mario room was out, as another guy just made a fantastic one a few months prior.  After searching online a while, there didn’t seem to be any big attempts at a Mario Kart nursery out there, and with the newest version coming out, Mario Kart 8, it sparked my interest.

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