As I continue to find myself in a new city, the ideas and thoughts for new projects seems to be never ending. Whether it’s thinking about improvements to my proposed time-lapse rig, or brand new project ideas that seem darn near impossible, it’s hard for me to just focus on one thing and work towards it.
Right now I’ve indicated my plans to do a few things. First off, I was going to build myself a skateboard grind box and secondly, I was going to build myself a time-lapse rig for my new DSLR. These were two good projects to start off with, however I’ve run into a bit of a snag with them.
With the skateboard grind box, my first concern is purchase and transportation of materials. Most of the lumber I need can be purchased at a home depot very close by. This is a good thing, however the one concern I face is getting the materials home. I drive a 1998 Chevy Malibu right now, and from what I can tell, it’s likely that I won’t be able to close my trunk with the lumber in the back. While this shouldn’t be a huge issue, it just makes me a bit nervous to drive on the road with lumber sticking out of the back of my car.
The next issue is tools. In an effort to not put myself into debt right off the bat, I haven’t bought myself that many tools. The only thing I got myself was a massive set of Mastercraft Wrenches and Sockets. They’re normally about $700 at Canadian Tire, however they tend to go on sale for $200 every now and then. If you’re looking to get a solid set of tools, I highly recommend this socket set. It has everything for the beginner hobbyist looking to build a tool collection. (Note that it’s only available in Canada. If you happen to be in the enviable position I am, being 20 minutes away from the Canadian border, make the trip and pick up a set.)
Luckily my dad has an old circular saw that he’s offered to give me. That makes the cutting process much faster than using a regular hand saw.
Another thing that makes a project like the grind box a heck of a lot easier is having some kind of work bench. It makes life so much easier when you have a place to work on your projects, whether they’re big or small. Another option is sawhorses, however I like the idea of a workbench because it gives me yet another project to blab on about.
While I’d like to say I’m getting started on my skateboard box right away, I might be working on a workbench first. It would be nice to have a solid workbench to do woodworking on before I start off the any other big projects. I found this great site that discusses an easy build using 15 2″ x 4″ x 8″ lumber pieces and a 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/2 plywood. You can see it here.
So in the interim, I’ll be putting together a work bench prior to making the skateboard box based on the plans above. This at least give me something else to blog about.
The time-lapse rig has stalled a bit as I’ve figured out that I’ll need to develop a DIY time-lapse function for my Nikon D3300, since an intervalometer isn’t a standard feature on the Nikon D3300. There are a number of methods of interfacing with a DSLR to do time-lapse shots, whether it’s a wireless connection through your phone, or through a physical USB connection to your computer. In the future I’ll indicate some of the methods you can pursue, one of them likely being similar to this one here, though that may be a bit ambitious for a short term solution.
While this post may seem like I’m just stalling on my projects, it’s just another step in the planning process. I want a decent workspace and the right tools to work on my grind box, and I’ll need to figure out how to make a working time-lapse function for my DSLR. Hopefully my next post can show some progress I’ve made towards these goals. Only time will tell.