Thing Creation: Small Things

Sometimes creativity isn’t a concerted effort, or a time-consuming project. Sometimes you just have an idea, and a few minutes later you have a new thing, freshly created.

One day not too long ago, I decided I wanted a pi poster, but didn’t feel like spending money on it. So instead I opened up Microsoft Word, pasted in a million digits of pi that I downloaded from the internet, and shrunk the text size down to 1.5 point. Only about a quarter of the digits fit on one page, so this is what I ended up with:

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Thing Creation: CNC Power

I work at a company that manufactures display cabinets, so I have access to a nearly endless supply of scrap wood, as well as two CNC machines and whatever tools I could want. So when I need a new piece of simple furniture, I can ask one of the project managers to modify a digital drawing they already have, then run it on the CNC, and in minutes I have a pile of parts ready to assemble.

The first thing I made was a giant bookshelf. Since I have several hundred books that I’ve already read, and hundreds more that I haven’t read, I wanted a bookshelf that could hold up to 400 books. But at the time I had a very small room, so it couldn’t be more than 26 inches wide. Here is what I came up with:

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Thing Creation

This is not a Lego set. I don't even have directions for building it. To create this Porsche 911 Turbo out of Legos, I found a design someone else did online, built it with my own modifications in Lego's digital designer program, and then ordered all the pieces.

This is not a Lego set. I don’t even have instructions for building it. To create this Porsche 911 Turbo, I found a design someone else did online, built it with my own modifications in Lego’s digital designer program, and then ordered all the pieces individually. I then put it together differently with some extra pieces from my box of loose Lego bricks.

I love creating things. It’s the reason I wrote somewhere around 1.5 million words of fiction in about two years, before I got a full time job. Lately I haven’t done as much writing, but I have been creating other things. Some are major ongoing projects, which I’ll write about as I finish them. To kick off the series, though, here are several simpler things I recently created.

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