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  • Cat House

    Cat House

    Here is a feral cat shelter / house / feeding station I made out of cedar and redwood. For some background, a cat gave birth to a four kittens in our backyard. I felt bad for them out in the elements, but we couldn’t take them in because my wife is allergic to cats. So,…

  • Custom Plinko Board

    Custom Plinko Board

    This one took a long time 🙂 Plinko board itself was fairly easy. Slick, whiteboard backer with some spare roofing nails I had laying around. “Reclaimed” wood from slats of an old bed frame. Pucks were cut out on a jigsaw, then sanded round. Fishing line and an extra shower curtain ring for the pulling…

  • Pangolin Costume

    Pangolin Costume

    A costume for my 5 year old 🙂 Design So, most years I try to make costumes for my kids for halloween, and for Halloween 2020, my youngest wanted to be a pangolin. I can’t remember exactly how we ended up on that creature, but thought it would be a fun project. I gathered a…

  • Dovetailed Keepsake Box

    Dovetailed Keepsake Box

    A little keepsake box I made for one of my kids. Made with finished pine, sliding cover with custom carved initial on top. Dovetails were cut by hand.

  • Football Toss Game

    Football Toss Game

    Toss a football through a hoop! The Game Not complicated at all. The rings are set up about 15-20 feet away from a table that players come up to. Throw a football through the rings to get a prize. The small one is worth more because it’s smaller and more challenging to get the ball…

  • In His Hands

    In His Hands

    Art by Paul Tomanpos Jr. 2016 – Acrylic on Canvas Hands Healing “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

  • Emerald Tree Boa Costume

    Emerald Tree Boa Costume

    Design Like usual, I gathered a bunch of reference photos of emerald tree boas on Pinterest and on the interwebs. The design is pretty interesting–they’re primarily green with white markings that look a little like lightning bolts, and you often see them perched on branches. Fascinating to see in photos, but I personally wouldn’t want…

  • Minimalist Table – Prototype

    Minimalist Table – Prototype

    I went down to the garage this morning and noticed a wall shelf with hooks that I made about 10 years ago. I thought to myself, “Hey, that thing seems to be holding up pretty well” and I started thinking about other projects I’ve wanted to make lately. A few steps into the garage, I…

  • Peregrine Falcon

    Peregrine Falcon

    Peregrine Falcon halloween prop! There’s a mechanism inside the bird that moves the head left/right, up/down by pulling on some lines that come out through the bottom. Sort of like an inverted marionette. The mechanism was loosely based on methods I worked out from the plinko board, which is basically a system made up of…

  • Terrarium Hide for Leopard Geckos

    Terrarium Hide for Leopard Geckos

    Created this terrarium hide circa 2016-2017 for our two leopard geckos. Form was made roughly out of paper and tape, then covered with multiple layers of stucco. Airbrushed with various colors to get desired look, then covered with non-toxic water-bases sealer. Wish I had more pictures, but I made this fairly quickly and on a…