Improving the Garage Light Controller

By Cressel

Garage Light image for openHab upgrade

In my original garage light controller post, had prepared a script to automatically launch the beagle bone black (BBB) web server. When I implemented the kiln controller, I also upgraded the garage light controller to interface with openHab. The new code for the BBB is in a zip file below. To run them, I just […]

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Kiln Controller – Internet of Things

By Cressel

Ever since my wife snagged a $10 kiln from a thrift store my aluminum has been much hotter than desirable when comes the time to pour. This is because with my kerosene fueled foundry, I had to constantly babysit it. There was no super heating of the aluminum because I was right there watching it. […]

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Building Your Own Metal Lathe

By Cressel

I am building a Gingery Metal Lathe, I keep adding to the playlist below. Subscribe to my channel on YouTube and configure alerts for my channel if you want to receive notificantion when I add videos.  I downloaded the first three books in the series for Kindle.  Morgan Demers inspired me with his videos of […]

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Garage Light Controller

By Cressel

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you click the link and make a purchase I receive a small commission to keep Makercise up and running. View my privacy policy here. For the longest time, I have wanted to control my garage lights with something other than light switches. Why? I don’t have a switch […]

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Dueling Fire Pits

By Cressel

Dueling Fire Pits I want to show you how I built my Dueling Fire Pits. In my video, I discuss the construction of a new fire pit in addition to the repair of my old fire pit. The original fire pit has been awesome. I burned three pine trees 18” in diameter. A tree fell […]

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How To Make a Low Cost Murphy Bed

By Cressel

Makercise Murphy Bed Take a look at the YouTube video documenting the process. I built this hanging murphy bed with a dry erase board on the back for about $85. It took me a Sunday afternoon and several evenings during the week. I have used this four times since I built it a month ago. […]

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The Maker Guide to Recycling Metal

By Cressel

Shortly after I started welding and casting metal, I started accumulating piles of metal. Couple that with the periodic repairs around the house and my propensity for accumulating junk; I needed a solution to dispose of metal. There are many places that will help you discard your scrap metal, and will reward you in the […]

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How To Update Dated Outdoor Light Fixtures

By Cressel

Restyle Your Old Porch Lights My wife’s new wreath was the impetus for an overhaul of our porch lights. Sure, I could have gone to the home center and picked up some brand new fixtures, but I like the idea of reusing. The fixtures were functional but dated. At that was required to give these […]

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Bargain Tool Shopping

By Cressel

Perhaps you have seen the movie Gran Tourino and appreciate the continuous process Walt described, “I’ve lived here for fifty years. A man stays in one place long enough he tends to attract a decent set of tools.” Perhaps you also empathize with the plight Tao expressed, “I can’t afford to buy all this stuff.” […]

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