Dropper Fire Grill, and Firefox suxors too
So this came about because I was fighting with firefox and needed
to get away from a screen for a while. I wrote a couple of
plugins (oh sorry, 'addons', no hang on, web-extensions, WHATEVER
THE FUCK YOU WANT TO CALL IT MOZILLA) and the experience was sour
(can't you tell?).
The aforementioned BBQ/firepit thing I haven't gotten around to
using yet, one reason is because I wanted to make a fire grate
first because it's a bit too deep.
So a few droppers, a bit of hacksawing and some angle grinding
later here it is. It just slots together with no fastening or
It's even adjustable! No brick, brick flat, or brick on side!
Actually it might just work better as an esky, but i'll see.
More on the firefox plugins later, they're just for overriding
site fonts and site colours. There do exist such plugins but they
no longer work for some reason. OF course there's not much use
distributing the source becuase you NEED A FUCKING MOZILLA ACCOUNT
JUST TO INSTALL THEM.
Putting things back together
My brother was here a few weeks ago and I took the opportunity of having transport (I don't drive - just never got a license) to get a few things that are a little difficult to transport on the bicycle.
One was to take my old VAF DC-7 Rev 1.0 speakers and get them
reconditioned. It wasn't exactly cheap but they replaced the old
drivers (required a bigger hole) and i'm not sure what else. But
I asked to keep the old drivers just to muck around with, perhaps
build a 'portable speaker' type thing out of them. They are a bit
scratchy from uh, over-use, but I noticed the main problem is the
surrounds had perished. I looked up some info about replacing
them and ended up ordering some cheapies from China - i'm not sure
I can recover them regardless and it's not worth the cost if I
Part of the probess is removing the old rubber, and about all I
can say about it is you have to be patient. I used a very sharp
chisel and it took a couple of hours just to remove one, although
the final 1/4 went much faster than the first once I got the
technique sorted out.
Another thing I got was a welder, small drill press and some other
tools. And that lead to a bit of a spending spree that continued
after he left, buying a bunch of other workshop tools. They're
mostly cheap bits and pieces because i'm not sure how much use
i'll get out of them.
It wasn't the reason I got the welder but the first thing I
thought of making was a belt buckle for a very wide kilt belt. I
had asked a small leather work place (shoe repair, belts) shop in
the city whether they could make wide belts but they couldn't and
directed me to a saddlesmith at the other end of town. I dropped
in one day and asked about it - yeah he could make any width belt,
but he didn't have any buckles suitable. So the next weekend I
got the welder out and turned a couple of pieces of wine barrel
ring into a rather large belt buckle.
The welding is pretty shithouse but I haven't welded for years and
the grinding and polishing hides most of it. The buckle has a
loop through which the belt connects and a single pin which
selects the size. The end of the belt comes around out the front
(or can go behind) and a loop holds it in place.
The front finish is a sort of coarse brushed/dented appearance
from using an angle grinder, wire brush and polishing wheel. I'm
still not sure on the finish but I will probably clear coat it.
The belt I got made up is 70mm wide and the loop which connects to
the buckle uses press-studs so I can make more buckles and easily
replace them. 70mm is about the widest that suits the kilts I
have which is just as well because I didn't really know what it
would look like till it was made.
Not particularly cheap either at $99 but at least it's locally
made and very solid leather - it should last forever. My existing
belt was relatively 'cheap' one from utkilts that uses velcro to
adjust the length. But the finish is wearing already (mostly
creases), the velcro is coming off around the back, and the buckle
- while ok - is a bit cheap. The actual bits are made in Pakistan
I believe but the shipping costs from USA are outrageous -
although they seem to have gotten slightly better, but to get the
same belt ($26) and buckle ($17) again would cost $77 when
shipping is added anyway, and they don't handle GST (I have no
idea whether this means you get hit with import hassles above the
$7 GST cost). And that's the absolute cheapest/slowest option, it ranges up to $130!
Actually I have an idea for another buckle mechanism that I might
try out when I get time, if I do that I might get a 60mm belt
made. The other idea would be a lower profile, hide the tail of
the belt (wrap under), and possible be hole-less if I can create a
binding mechanism that wont damage the front surface of the belt.
And today I turned one of the practice pieces of barrel strap into
a bottle opener. I drilled some holes and filed out the opening
shape by hand.
The finish is a little shit because I cut a bit deep using a
sanding disc on an angle grinder and gave up trying to sand it
out, although it is a lot shinier than it appears in the photo.
Partly I was experimenting with finishes and patterns and i'm
happier with the pattern here, or at least the general approach.
I created a round ended punch from an old broken screwdriver and
used a small portable jackhammer (/ hammer drill) to pound in the
dots. Because i'm just cold working it's a bit difficult to do
much in the pattern department.
Gets me away from the computer screen anyway, i'm kinda burnt out
on that. I'm not really doing enough hours lately for the guy who
pays me (for various reasons beyond our control he's got more
money than hours I want to work!), although the customers who pay
him are quite happy with the output!
I'm at the point where I finally need to get some glasses. I had
another eye test last week and while I can still survive without
it it's to the point that i'm not recognising people from afar and
squinting a bit too much reading at times. I need a separate
reading and distance script unfortunately so I got a pair of
sunnies for distance and reading glasses for work. They would've
helped with the fabrication above! It's going to take a while to
get used to them, and/or work out whether I get progressive lenses
or whatnot, for example I can't read games very well on my TV, but
that's farther away than the reading glasses work at, sigh. I
guess i'll find out in a week or so.