Beer Mat Boxes

When Lez came to visit for the UK Instructablers meet up in July, he brought with him a bag full of beer mats that he’d picked up from a car boot sale for £5. Among the 50 or so mats are some of the early Guinness ones, one from the 1972 Munich Olympics and several from the 1976 Moscow Olympics. Also in the bag were some nice sets of old mats with cartoons and jokes on the rear.

With all these awesome old sets of mats to almost double the size of my collection I thought it was time to find somewhere to keep them that would protect them a bit more than the duffed up old cardboard box they’ve been living in until now.

I’ve been obsessed with the laser cutter ever since Steve bought it and I had some acrylic left over from the chess board that I made for the Instructables gift exchange. This was the perfect opportunity to a) use the laser cutter again, and b) try out Oomlout‘s acrylic joining method.

Here’s the finished box I made, there’s a longer description of the process below.

Laser cut beer mat box

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A Satellite Dish Inclination Gauge (protractor) for Kev

Kev at work wanted a way to align the satellite on his caravan better; depending on his location in the country it needed to be a different inclination. I threw together this little quarter circle protractor with pointer using Alibre, then exported it as a .dxf to the laser cutter.

Cut in translucent 3mm acrylic, the etching’s come out really nicely. The large lines divide the 90° segment into 10° divisions and the smaller ones subdivide into 2° divisions. (click the image to biggerate)

(more pictures after the break)

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Toast Stencils

Last week I published my Toast Stencils instructable as my entry into the DadCanDo contest. After it got featured I challenged the Instructables community to have a go and post pictures of their attempts in order to win a 3 month pro membership.

Here’s mine:


And one by Instructables member Creativeman:

Thanks C’man! I’ll update here if I get any more entries.

Total Views 2nd Run

I ran the total views script for the second time today. The Top Trumps collaboration I did with gmjhowe and some others pushed my total past 150k total views.

While on the subject, the Top Trumps ‘ible has now had 20 sales. We’re going with a print run of 50 tomorrow to raise some money to pay for some awesome projects to have on our stall at Maker Faire in 2011. Selling 50 packs should net us about £50 to spend on printing instructions and buying some supplies.

Instructables Total Views Group

Back in November I started playing with using Perl to scrape data from I saw lots of information that was scattered around that would be useful to members of the site if made available to the. One of the first scripts I developed was one to visit all the instructables of a user and tally up the views of each to give a total. I asked users to subscribe to me and in return I ran the script on them (link), showing them how many total views they had.

In the latest incarnation of this script I created a group for people to join. The new script, run on the 1st and 15th of every month reads the members from the group and scrapes the data from their instructables for each, dumping it into a .TSV file. Twice a month I will be running this script and handing out the following cartoons by Caitlinsdad as patches as people pass the 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views marks.

Tomorrow (1st June) will be only the second time it’s been run so we’ll get to see some interesting stats on who’s count has grown the most.

Hello world!

I just installed wordpress! My old website layout wasn’t inspiring me to post anything. With all the layout and formatting done for me lets hope I get some more content up here!