Wiggly Loaf House

Watch how I made the Wiggly Loaf House: from designing it on Inkscape to cutting it on Glowforge and gluing all the pieces together. You can win this house if you are hardcore enough to play the Wiggly Loaf game until you unlock at least one of the bonus characters. It’s a free download for iOS or Android phones. Check out WigglyLoaf.com and click on Contest. Good luck and enjoy the game!

Dice Variations

I love dice! Until someone throws them right off the tabletop and the dice get lost. This made me wonder if I could come up with variations to the way we traditionally depict dice. For that, I turned to Inkscape, the Glowforge Laser Cutter, and my imagination.

Interested in a Glowforge of your own? Save $500 when you purchase a Glowforge through this link: https://glowforge.us/m/TELJNVZZ

Plywood Kaiju

Gomper

Gomper

It’s been a while since I’ve made a horrible Gomper, so they’re back with a mighty vengeance. Laser cut plywood kaiju monster. He stands 4.5″ tall, and the wings are 6.5″ wide. I really enjoyed making this fine fella. The build gave me a few new ideas, and that’s what a prototype is for. Thank you horrible Gomper.

This Gomper is stomping around my etsy shop.

Make America Great Again

There are some on my facebook who seem annoyed at times with our president. Being a toy maker, I thought of a simple solution for them. Turn the crank, it hammers his head. Make your own laser cut Make America Great Again toy with the FREE JEMTOY SVG file.

Step by step build instructions are @ MakerShare

I added a few fancy beads to make cranking even easier. These crazy things are now available @ my etsy shop.

order on etsy

UFO Flying Saucer

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I have a thing for kitschy B movies. The classic flying saucer is one of my favorite blasts from the past. For a long time I have wanted to turn gum ball machine pods into a UFO, and I’ve finally done it. The acrylic sends out bands of colored stripes as the top emits a nebula of changing color. This small 3 inch lamp can easily turn your room into a galaxy of amazing light patterns and colors. Although I try, the video cannot do it justice. You must see it in person for full effect.  Surprise your friends, create the perfect mood, kick back and chill. Check it out! Information and ordering links below.

UFO: etsy.com/shop/JEMTOY
Inkscape: https://inkscape.org/en/release/0.92.3/
Glowforge: https://glowforge.us/TELJNVZZ

Solar Whirlygig

6 in 1 Solar Kit

The weather was sunny enough today to try out our nifty 6 in 1 Solar Kit. The kit is only $6 at AllElectronics.com and you can build several different solar toys using the kit. The kit needs a lot of tweaks to get it to work. A careful hand and an Exacto knife can trim all the plastic parts so they fit together. My favorite build is the little airplane that rotates around. Here’s a video so you can see it work. It was a windy day, so it’s fun to watch the little airplane fight the wind and win! This is a great kit for a parent and child to explore together. It’s not perfect, but a great toy for only $6 bucks.

How to make stacking trays from used water bottles

HDPE plastic trays
I recycle our 5 gallon spring water bottles into small plastic trays. I use them for casting resin toys to catch drips and spills. My wife uses them to sprout seeds when gardening. You can see in the photo how the seed package can be slipped in between the two stacked trays so you know what you’ve sprouted. These trays are great for organizing drawers, holding pens, pencils, snacks, and food prep in the kitchen. HDPE #2 plastic is FDA approved for use with food. That’s why water, milk, and vitamins are in HDPE plastic. It’s high quality stuff, so you might as well reuse it somehow. Reduce the plastic going into land fills, make these simple trays and use them around the house, work space, and crafts area. Carefully use a pair of tin snips or sharp scissors to cut the trays from the empty water container, and see how many uses you can come up with for these nifty stacking trays.