A Place to Eat

What good is a deck if you don’t have a place to dine? I’d begun the process of finding a patio set for the deck, but everything was too expensive or just didn’t feel right. Then, there was a promising table on sale at The Home Depot. When I went back to purchase it, it was gone! So, back to square one. At that moment, I decided I was just going to build a set.

I began looking at Google images for inspiration, and then I ran across a table I really liked here: http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2012/10/diy-outdoor-farmhouse-table.html. I was sold on the look of the table. I liked the design. I didn’t care much for the size or a couple of design elements, but the building blocks were in place. So, on a beautiful Saturday, I built a table.

I wanted to top to look a bit older and rustic and experimented with a finishing idea, which I think turned out stellar! I was super-thrilled with the way it came out.

The bottom and side of the table boards where slathered with Thompson’s and then I spray-painted cheap, $.97 white paint on the top. Once that dried, I attached the boards to the legs. I ran the orbital sander over the paint and edges to expose wood, without removing all of the white paint. A dark walnut stain was lightly added and rubbed in to the wood. Then, a coat of the clear cedar Thompson’s was applied. BOOM! Beautiful.

I’m happy with the way it turned out and am going to build two benches to match. The Emery clan should have many great years of dining out on this beast.

Prasai’s Thai

If you ever find yourself in the Twin Falls, Idaho area and like Thai food, be sure to go to Prasai’s Thai downtown. Jules and I had another lovely lunch there! Their food is amazing and is some of the best Thai I’ve ever eaten. I typically have the Phat Thai and Jules gets Drunken Noodles. I used to only do Drunken Noodles until I tried Phat Thai! YUM

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The Witch Doctor

The Witch Doctor
The Witch Doctor v.?

Chugs and I decided to have a drone-off, as it were. Wow, what a cool journey and pain-in-the-ass it has turned in to. First off, I can’t fly! Secondly, I still can’t fly. But, that’s besides the point. We each set a budget for our birds (boy, went WAY over on that one! HAHAHAHAHA, but I digress …). I jumped right in to body design, not knowing a damned thing about drones. Well, that’s me. Both feet and head first.

I wanted something aggressive looking, so I started there. Get a rough shape down and start making it look mean, electronic position be damned! I’d figure that out later.

The name came much later, after I realize when the doc was standing on his back legs, he looked like some tribal shaman witch doctor with one of those huge tribal masks (I might have watched a lot of Johnny Quest as a kid), and so the name was born.

Round One

Round Two

First design was a flop. I was perfectly unaware of motor mixes at the time. I just wanted to get some height. Who knew then just how fast these friggin’ things really are? Well, it flopped over and tried to land itself while I was swooping it up out of the rocks that it was kicking all over me and Moose, and thwack! Hit my thumb. Ouch. Busted the motor right through the ill conceived motor mounts. So, on to version two! COOL! IT FLEW. I learned more about Cleanflight. I crashed it into the house! hehehehehehehe

Test Flight One

Test Flight Two — Whoopsie

Round Three

Ok, wood isn’t working. When I crashed into the house, the prop sliced right through the body and arm. Nope! Time to learn how to make carbon fiber plates.

First round of that went OK with the newly acquired vacuum pump from Harbor Freight, but I determined I needed a vacuum table. So, built that and DAMN, it sucks. Sucked so hard that air went right through the particle board! Yikes. Duct tape fixed that problem. (See below Chugs doing a walk of shame after showing off how awesome he could already fly. I’ll never catch up.)

Round Something — There were a few iterations in here

Well, the body and arms got a complete redesign. It was too much of a pain to take apart the earlier, arms/computer/body stacked design. So, back to a simpler design that is much quicker to take apart. This included buying a PDB instead of using the earlier homegrown one. Not sure I like it, but like all things, this probably won’t be the final Witch Doctor.

Chugs TOTALLY Tearing It Up

Zamir and The Witch Doctor

Best friends!

Not Done By Any Means

Looking forward to future designs. A quick note about the original 20A Lumenier ESCs: they were complete rubbish. A complete waste of money that killed many of my Cobra 2206/20 motors, and them ain’t cheap, son! Looking forward to getting back in the sky.