We had a family company picnic at a local park. Elijah had a blast and loved the merry go round on the playground. When he sat in the middle and spun, it reminded me of one of those “choose your character” screens from a video game so I made it into an animated gif and chuckled:


Garage Sign

My parents have been building a fantastic new garage at their house. I thought it would look good with a new sign in it. I found some inspiration online, drew it in Inkscape and then took it to the laser cutter at work. The sign is made out of two sheets of 1/4″ MDF. The bottom is just a circle and the top has all the shapes cut out of it. I also cut the white portions out of 1/8″ plywood and put that under each of the white pieces. That gave it a raised look which I really like. After I got it all done, I realized I probably should have put “Martens Garage” instead of just my Dad’s name because Mom uses it for her project too but, oh well. Maybe I’ll have to come up with something else that has Mom’s name on it.

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Free Video Editor

davinciresolveI use Adobe Premiere Elements for all my video editing and it does a great job. I rarely run into any feature limitations. However, it does cost $90. If you’re looking for something a little better than the default editor that came with your operating system but you don’t want to spend any money, check out Davinci Resolve. They have a very powerful version of their video editor available completely for free! I have not used it myself, but I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it. They’ve been in the video editing market for quite a while and their video editor has really impressive features including color correction. I’m considering switching over just to get some of those features.

Best of YouTube

These blog posts were a great idea. Now I’m not just getting lost in YouTube videos, I’m researching content for this site!

First up is the ultimate Nerf gun. What it lacks in maneuverability, it makes up for in power and wow factor. There are a lot of other great videos on this guy’s channel too.

Hungry? How about a burger wrapped in bacon and filled with mac and cheese?

And finally, Colin Furze is at it again. This time he has the most outrageous doorbell you’ve ever seen. Spoiler alert: it involves an Uzi.

Router Table Cart

I bought a router table a while back but I’ve never had a good place to use it. I kept it along the wall in the garage and when I wanted to use it, I had to drag it out and either use it on the floor or put it on a folding table. It was worth it for big projects but for small things I often skipped it. Now that I have more space in the shop area, I decided to build a cart to give the router a more permanent home and give me some additional storage space. It’s just a simple cabinet on wheels with two drawers but I’m excited to have it completed, and it was wonderful to just drive to Home Depot and throw a couple sheets of plywood in the truck!

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