So apparently there is a really big thing out there that I was only vaguely aware of, called Loot Boxes.
It is like a high-end version of a show bag that comes to your letterbox once a month (so you don’t have to brave the dodgy rides, candyfloss and wait a year between events for a show).
A very popular version are the Geek Boxes – things that appeal to the fantasy/sci-fi/anime etc community. One such company producing these is called Lootaku, run out of Hong Kong. They charge about $US50 / month, and you get a box of goodies worth around $US80 in your mail box.
A couple of weeks ago, Lootaku contacted me through my Etsy store, as they had come across my Game of Thrones inspired Hodor door stop, and wanted to include it in the latest box they were sending out for June.
That was on the Wednesday night, and by the weekend, I had 160 of the suckers made up, wrapped, and flying their way express to Hong Kong.
If you don’t watch Game of Thrones, then a Hodor door stop will make no sense to you what-so-ever. Fans of the show get it🙂
What is fun now, is watching the recipients open their loot boxes on You Tube – videoing the opening is also a popular past time it seems.
Here’s one of the first videos – I’ve fast forwarded it to near where they get to the Hodor.
Cool reaction. That’s what I enjoy about making things – the reaction of the recipients. You don’t normally get first reactions recorded for prosperity on YouTube, but that is where Loot Boxes are somewhat unique.
And yet another!
And on it goes……
Transcending language barriers
Tormek have released the T8 grinder for the ultimate in sharpening. Available in Australia in July 2016.
While the changes over the T7 are probably not enough to make all T7 owners want to run out to get one, if you are in the market for a new grinder, the T8 is definitely worth considering.
They are currently available on pre-order from Ideal Tools.
The changes include a repositionable water trough, useful for the changing dimensions as the grinding wheel wears (of course, you have to do a fair bit of grinding to wear the wheel away! Mine is still pretty close to original dimensions. There again, if I used it more, I’d have sharper tools too. Doh!)
The body is now cast zinc, and the drive wheel is also zinc.
The body is enclosed, and there is better splash and run-off management (and that is a good thing – I get quite a river happening after a long sharpening session!)
While many still struggle with the whole concept of a wet stone grinder costing north of a $1000, for those who have been able to justify the expenditure, there is no question about just how good the machine is in achieving its purpose in life. Ultimate sharpness.
More detail can be found on the Tormek website
Companies do come and go. Even the Woodworking Warehouse was not immune.
The branding may still be on the outside, but inside even the bones have been picked over. Most went to an auction house, and the rest of the bones got gnawed on subsequently.
I had a bit of a look, but while there were a few bits of interest, the price was too high for things I didn’t specifically need.
So while there are still options in SE Melbourne for woodworkers, the Woodworking Warehouse is no longer one of them.
A regular of Stu’s Shed has a 3.5m Torque Workcentre for sale that has had very little use.
Given how rarely second hand Torque Workcentres come up for sale, and the lead time on getting a new one, I am pretty sure there will be someone out there keen to snap this one up. It is being sold for $5000
“I have for sale a Torque WorkCentre. I have had it for a number of years, but have never really used it. It simply doesn’t suit my woodworking, or workflow.
The details and accessories are:
3.5m by 900mm WorkCentre ($5060 current new price (cnp))
Extension beam ($745 cnp)
Circular Saw Attachment ($245 cnp)
Copy Attachment ($190 cnp)
Triton Router Attachment ($160 cnp)
Dust Extraction Guard ($115 cnp)
Drill/Grinder Attachment ($60 cnp)
Also a pro router switch, multiple lengths of t&g T Track, various stops, fences etc.
All up new, that’s more than $6500. And I guarantee, my unit is as new (some shipping plastic wrap still on some parts!)
I am based in Gippsland. Please message me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0478 401 013”
I had a friend apply her much-more-artistic skills in decorating one of the models, and this is what she came up with.
Goes to show what someone with talent can do!
Jeanené is an artist and does facepainting for markets among her other creative outlets. She can be contacted via email at email@example.com or on 045 206 1416.
Photos by Kara Rasmanis
Butterfly plans from MakeCNC.com