A proper workbench for a middle-aged geek dad (finally)

Much to my father’s chagrin, I was never good with mechanical things. I was good with computers. That was it. Well, whether is was age, maturity, parenthood or a combination of all of those things and maybe some pure luck, other the years my mechanical skills have evolved out of necessity, but my ability to work anywhere efficiently had not. As I did more and more home improvement repairs and projects, I always found myself making some sort of spur-of-the-moment work area, where I would waste way too much time looking for tools or parts that I just had in my hand a minute ago but somehow lost now that I needed it again. So enough was enough. And it was time to visit amazon to help rescue me from this dilemma. Enter 2×4 Basics. This cool little project lets you build an amazing workbench that can be built to exact dimensions you want that is also super sturdy at the same time. I had looked at “pre-fab” workbenches, but they were either the wrong size, too expensive, or too flimsy. Once 2×4 basics kit arrived from amazon. I went to Lowe’s, got a bunch of plywood cut to the sizes I needed, along with some 2×4’s and in a little under an hour I had this fantastic new workbench!

My custom wall mount for the PSVR processing unit.

Hurray for 3D printers! I am extremely pleased with my decision to purchase a Mod-T 3D Printer. I had been looking at 3D printers for a while, but they all seemed to have very mixed reviews. I read about frequent problems requiring diagnostics and repairs. So when the Mod-T surfaced, with the promise of an easier to use 3D printer, I ordered one right away.  And I have no been disappointed. Granted, like all 3D printers, you have to adjust your expectations with the current state of the technology. 3D printing is slow. And the detail isn’t quite there you yet. And there is a lot of trial and error to get a print just right. But putting all of that aside, it is still a giant ball of futuristic fun.    After I bought my Mod-T, I bought an HTC vive. And my Mod-T came in handy when I wanted a mount for the Vive’s link box. I found a model on Thingiverse, printed it out and I was all set. So when I then went out and bought a PSVR, there was so mount available yet for it’s processing unit. So I setup an account on TinkerCAD, created my very first custom 3D design, and printed it on mystery Mod-T. And it worked perfectly! Success! Being a geek is great fun.