Finished Work

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Photo Details: This is the finished skate deck. I decided to go with red paint because I believed it would compliment the colors of the mini boards. The spray paint took about an hour to dry. I did allow it to set overnight before I placed the skateboards back on.

Spring Flowers

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RedOrangeFlower Lens: 18-55mm f/8.0 1/250

Focal Length: 52.0 mm

ISO: 100

WhiteFlower Lens: 18-55mm f/5.6 1/160

Focal Length: 35.0 mm

ISO: 100

RedFlower Lens: 18-55mm f/5.6 1/125

Focal Length: 55.0mm

ISO: 220

Enjoy the vibrant colors of spring.

The Tech Deck Project

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Like most people, I like things on my desk that represent some aspect of my personality. Tech Deck mini skateboards combine both my affinity for X-Games and Art. In adding to my collection, I found two problems.

Problem #1: Limited Space
There is only so much room on a desk to place these works of art. It gets crowded and disorganized. Often they get knocked over.

Problem #2: Limited Stability of Clear Plastic Stand
These mini skateboards or fingerboards have grip tape on them just as a full-size board does. The gritty surface grinds the plastic overtime. The consequence is the board falls out of the stand with the slightest movement it encounters.


Solution & SketchUp
To resolve this problem, I wanted to make a mini rack. I sketched up a rough draft of how I wanted it to look. In the end, I went with the simplest design.

TechDeckSketchup


Materials

  • Wood Base
  • Wood Board
  • Cylinder Wood Piece
  • Super Glue
  • Electric Drill
  • Knife
  • Wire cutter

All the materials apart from the drill came from a crafts store.


Directions

  1. Starting about 1 inch from the bottom of the wood base, mark the wood board such that there are two holes about once inch from each other. Continue this until you have reach the other end of the wood board.
  2. Drill holes in the board where you marked. The holes should be slightly bigger than the cylinder wood piece. Do not drill through the board. Drill about 3mm in.
  3. Cut the cylinder wood piece into pieces that are approximately 1 inch in length.
  4. Glue the 1 inch cylinder pieces into the holes in the wood board and let it set for 24 hours.
  5. Glue the wood board to the wooden base. See the image below for reference.Note that I did add an additional wooden piece to the board, but it is not necessary.

TechDeckProjectB


The Semi-Final Product
This is a semi-final product because I do plan to paint the rack.

TechDeckProjectD
TechDeckProjectC TechDeckProjectE

Engines

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engine

Date Taken: 2014

Photo Details: Propulsion technology powers a large part of our everyday life. That thought did not occur to me while I was capturing this image. In fact, I was going to walk past this historic engineering artifact. Converting energy into movement is no simple feat. Sometimes energy is lost through heat or unnecessary vibration which takes away from the potential to move forward. One lesson learned from this technology that we can all apply to our lives is once you get fired up, keep going.

 

Propulsion

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Date Taken: 2014

Photo Details: Cars are cool, but when you see these engines fired up and you feel the ground rumble, you know its on.

Support Science Technology Engineering Art Math. (STEAM)

Discovery

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Date Taken: 2014

Photo Details: Here is to hoping there will be a bigger and better space vehicle built so I can leave this planet.