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BEWARE! Sporky's been using power tools!


So a few weeks ago, my brother and I took a week and we blitzed the garage that's been cram-packed in the 9 years since the Wisconson move. The thing's damn-near immaculate now and (while he's away) our other bro's car can fit much more comfortably. Dad was pleasantly surprised.

There was a lot of spare wood lying around that we let Pappy decide what to toss and keep. I was tasked with cutting up the unwanted wood to be discarded.

Oh, but my creativity got the better of me. While I did cut up the wood, I took some and used it to build something. Something I haven't quite finished, but I'll show you later. Something very geeky and dorky and you'll never guess what it is.

"So, what," you ask, "You just made a post to tell us about something you haven't finished? I missed the best part of that Chimp VS. Gopher brawl on C-SPAN to read this crap?"

No, not quite. See, in the process of building what started out to, my mind began formulating OTHER ideas, and with plently of spare tree pieces around...well, it's been a sawdust-filled week.

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My brother, ever a globe-trotter, got a bunch of souvenirs for the family that he dispersed several months back. When he visited last September to drop off his car, he noted (mostly in sarcasm) that I'll display my Transformers, but not what he got me. At the time, I was in a transitional state of moving crap in my room. And since before, I was using a couple of those plastic ties that come with action figures, this idea came to mind.

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Another display for another souvenir. I realized the middle hook wasn't going to cut the mustard as far as keeping the boomerang stable should I bump into the wall or a heavy vehicle drives past the house.

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Came up with this last night, made it today. The item itself is a gift from my sister from years back that I've always kind of kept in the pouch amongst my other bat items. Since I was on this building kick, voila.

More on the way...

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Decided to paint the bat-display thing. Used Q-tips to pain the symbol. I thought about maybe tracing the emblem blade for a cleaner bat-shape, but I decided to go more off-the-cuff.

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Here's what got me started on the woodworkin' in the first place: I noticed a par of old wooden barriers that came with the the old bunk bed (the bottom one of which I still use, the other half probably still around somewhere). I keep looking at them and thinking, "I could do something with this," and...

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Not entirely sure why, possibly because of the shape of those barriers (I neglected to get a pic before I disassembled and sanded them), I kept thinking "tonfas". Then along the way, I figured I'd jazz the design up a little.

First time I used a dremmel. Scraped my left hand a couple times. In the same spot. Not fun.

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I wanted to go something different from what I figured I'd obviously do (i.e., jet black). Green and purple go together well enough. The colors dried darker than I was expecting.

I suppose the idea of a "blaster" might've subconciously come from Rave Master. Not a great show, but I guess it left it's mark. Figured I do a "double barrel" look for at least one pair.

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Decided to build holsters in case I wanted to display them. Still debating on whether or not to paint them. The holes are actually wider now; I had to sand them down to make the tonfas easier to insert.

I may still want to do a touch up here or there. I was looking around Hobby Lobby and ACE Hardware looking for something I could fashion into a button-type trigger, to no avail. Have some other, smaller pieces that I cut off that I might want to do something with. But, yeah.

Told you it was geeky.

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With a crowded garage, I waited for weather to be warm and sunny enough to work outside. Made these suckers in about a day, glued the next.

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My eldest brother knows I have a...shall we say affinity for action figures. He thought'd be hilarious to get me this burqini. So until I finally see which of my (few) female figures wears it better, I put this together to show it off.

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This was mostly kind of laying around in plain sight until now. If I hadn't been bitten by the amateur carpentry bug lately, I probably wouldn't have come up with this.

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The only piece not held together solely by Super Gorilla Glue (there's a screw for the hanging bar). Decided to carve a space for the bar to "sink into" the tray.

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Thread revival! Believe it!

So I had some metal left over from my Spork-Shield, and the second thing I started on was this bit of Naruto-related dorkiness...

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Used an actual spork for the outline, and a Dremel to trace it. Then cut slits at the end to feed a cloth band through (which was the best option available to me).

Then for some reason, I guess I just put this on hold...for about 15.5 months. The cloth band I stitched wasn't going to work for the slits, so I made them bigger, and stitched a new, thinner band.

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I had bought some snap-on metal buttons to sew on, and secure the band that way against the back of my head. But the new cloth is long enough that I can just tie it no problem.

Because one day...I will be Spork-Kage.

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Y'know what? Screw it. I am the Spork-Kage! Who wants in on my village of skilled-but-wacky ninjas?

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