How to Make a Hardcover Book

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Books

I found this great tutorial on how to do a case bound book. The tutorial is originally here: and i’m reproducing it here Read the rest of this entry »

Whip Stitch Loose Leaf Book Binding

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Books

ws01 I really enjoy binding books.  In today’s world of PDF books, this is a really nice way of putting something on your shelf.  It doesn’t take much money in equipment or anything, just some skill and some glue.

Here is a great tutorial on building the book block that I found at that describes an overcast sewing method for binding loose leaf pages (instead of signatures).  Its really neat and gives great results at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Newbie guide to engineering tools

Posted: July 30, 2013 in Computers

At the moment I am teaching myself engineering. For reasons outside my control, I can’t go to school and be formally trained, but that doesn’t bother me. I learned how to program with a copy of “Teach yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 Hours” and made a good 15 year career out of it.  I made lots of mistakes, picked the brains of lots of people, read lots of books, lots of magazines, and most of all, wrote lots of code.

Today, its a different world.  15 years ago I was stuck buying and reading every 1000 page book I could find. Today,  with the advent of Open University, Stanford, MIT, and hundreds of other universities releasing lectures and course work on the Internet, YouTube videos on every subject imaginable, you can see why it is much easier to expand your skills today than ever before.

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What do I want to be?

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Life

I recently made the decision to go back to school.  I guess the fact that all my previous college credits are over 10 years old and can not be transferred is a good thing as it will be much easier to get my GPA high enough to transfer into the program that I want.

So this decision lead to a very interesting conversation in my head.  What do I want to be?  I know that the degree I want is in Industrial Engineering and then an MBA on top of that.  Basically that will have me trained as a person that is the link between the brainiacs and the business.

So, do I want to stay in software development?  Probably not.  I’m tired of sitting in a cubical all day.  I would want something that gets my hands dirty.  Then it hit me last night, tools.  I love tools.  I have my lathe I have been working on for a while now.  I have also thought about building several other work stations to do things ranging from jewelry to glass.

Maybe I can get something, not developing new tools, but making existing tools better.  Maybe a voice activated controls for certain tools.  I don’t know, but this is the most interesting idea I have had so far.

Creating a bootable USB drive

Posted: July 5, 2012 in Computers

Since I work with Linux and some cutting edge stuff, several times a year I have to build or rebuild a server.  Yesterday I was putting the finishing touches on the hardware for a 36TB media server i’ve been building lately and needed to put Ubuntu on it to bring everything to life.  Well, my primary machine is a Windows laptop and I haven’t installed a CD drive on a server in years so I install with USB.   Read the rest of this entry »

For anyone that wants to get into machine work, this is a great place to start.  MIT (yes, that MIT) has a series that they make all their students that want to use the machine shop watch.  The best part, the lathe parts are done on a Monarch 10EE, currently my favorite lathe.  The site is horribly slow, but if you have the patience, these are great beginning videos.

By Rob ( on April 24, 2009

Here is a great resource for new machinists that almost seems like a secret because I have never seen it mentioned on any of the discussion groups or forums I belong to. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to my brain

Posted: July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to my brain.  It has been a very long time since I ran a blog, but enough is going on in my life that I feel its entertaining or at least informative.  I have picked up several hobbies I would like to share with you, including book binding at home, home machine shops, huge storage servers, leather work, just to name a few.  So sit back, give me a few months to add content and I  hope you enjoy.