Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Random Board Gaming Shots

Jenga: 32 levels with my son

Alea Lacta Est - Press your luck game with a Roman theme.  Translation: The Die is Cast.  Very fun!

Kremlin, a reprinted Avalon Hill game.  Note the prototype OFBC illuminating the board

Forbidden Desert with Ethan.  He loves this game, and it is awesome to see him strategize.

Telestrations with Ethan and my Grandparents.  Considerably less innuendo than usual.

Dominion Case from Hobby Lobby Box and Baltic Birch 6 Ply, 5/16ths


Box is a generic Wooden Artist Case from Hobby Lobby.  The case fits Dominion and all expansions.  Walls are Baltic Birch 6 ply.  The exterior walls are glued in place, but the interior ones are not.  It is designed to hold at least 3000 cards.  The card separators are sized for sports cards and will get labels eventually.

To add detail to the cover, I used a Harbor Freight Wood Burning Kit similar to this one from Amazon and a blown up card back image.  I taped the image in place and traced over it with a ballpoint pen.  After going over the trace lines with the wood burner's pointed tip, I shaded it with the wedge tip.
I still need to put finish on the cover of the case.  I'm worried about the burning rubbing off over time.  I also need to add labels to the card dividers.

Take Aways

  • I would make the outside edge of the exterior walls come below the edge of the box.  This would allow the box to close more easily.  Right now, it is a tight fit.
  • I would sand off the finish from the cover before wood burning.  I probably will get lung cancer from the fumes I breathed in while doing this.

Bonus Shots

Bookshelf with Custom Doors from Oak Plywood, Solid Oak

Bookshelf I finished recently.  7ft by 30 inches by 11 inches deep.

Started in the (now closed) woodshop at Durango High School thanks to Cooperative Extension classes through CSN.  These are now happening at a private business in North Las Vegas about a block from where I used to live as a child.

It is in place upstairs and is filled with Dungeons and Dragons books.

Gluing on the molding:
 Dry fit before sanding:
 Sanded and stained:
 All done:

I would make a shelf for the cabinet section as well.  This is something I might add in the future.  Right now, it holds D&D miniatures, so the space is full regardless.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Table Saw Tune-up Checklist

Tools Needed

  • Wrench to remove blade
  • Dial Indicator
  • Ruler
  • Vacuum
  • Compressor
  • Dry Lubricant
  • Top Cleaner
  • Scouring Pad
  • Top Wax (Paste Wax)
  • Emery cloth
  • Center punch and hammer\


  • Blow out the motor
  • Clean out the inside of the saw.  You’ll thank me later.
  • Check the stability of the stand and any table extensions.  Tighten or replace
  • Arbor: Sideways movement (Bearings)
  • Arbor: Rotate and check with Dial Indicator
  • Arbor Washer: burrs, bends, blemishes
  • Blade: Good fit on Arbor, hole is centered, doesn’t wobble
  • Pulley and Belt: High Spots, fraying, worn spots, cuts, cracks
  • Plug in saw
  • Belt while saw is on: Doesn’t climb the pulleys, straight travel
  • If Belt Replacement suggested, Segmented belt?
  • Pulleys: Aligned on center? Ruler runs between?
  • Pulleys: If cast, is the hole drilled on center?
  • Square the fence to the table
  • Square the blade to the table using the fence:
    • Raise the blade
    • Move the fence to the blade: Front and back blade tips should touch
    • If not, loosen trunnions underneath table
    • Move blade into alignment
    • Clamp blade between fence and some wood
    • Apply loctite and tighten trunnions
  • While underneath table, clean out worm gears of blade elevator and pitch or angle set
  • Lubricate worm gears with dry grease
  • Tune Mitre Gauge:
    • Polish down tight spots with emery cloth
    • Dimple the guide bar with a center punch to solve loose spots
  • Clean the top to remove paint, stains and finishes
  • Apply a paste wax to the top and leave overnight
  • Clean the blade with a specialty blade cleaner to remove pitch and other residue.

Repeat Regularly

  • Clean blade
  • Blow out motor
  • Wax the top
  • Check for vibration

Distilled from a doc that mentions

Monday, February 3, 2014

February Infosec Links


The PCI Council is delusional: claims the standard is solid when breach after breach confirms it is not.  Blames the victims for poor architecture.

Good overview of the security landscape.  Good tools with easy configuration will be key.




A hackable iOS App used to teach the OWASP Top Ten Mobile App Vulnerabilities.  Great tool to catch up with mobile security and secure application design.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DEFCONbots - Genetic Al-Gore-isms v.01 Test

Video of the laser+servosx2 test rig.  Not enough granularity for the contest, but it's a start.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finalized: January InfoSec Links


Researcher gets hacked and details how he investigated, mitigated, and responded to it.  Enjoyable 'mea culpa.'

Sigh...It's not just Target that was a target over the holidays:

Krebs gets the details on how Target was compromised.  Malware on each POS relaying data back to the attackers:


Interesting perspective on RSA and NSA kerfuffle.  Emgage the community around RSAC to counter the actions of the company, RSA.

CryptoLocker's new Sibling PowerLocker.  Back...up...everything:


Essay on Twitter's block/unfollow implementation. Serious insight into how public services chose to protect user privacy:

Well reasoned counter-arguments to the surveillance state excuses:

Internet governing bodies meet to discuss how to fight pervasive monitoring (seen as an attack on the internet):

Privacy concerns from Angry Birds?  Why aren't customer usage statsencrypted?  Anyone could read this information...


Matasano teams up with Square (the Credit Card Merchant Aggregators) for an exploit CTF through a web browser: