Inflatable Habitat for NASA
In 1990, Joe interned at NASA Johnson Space Center and was on a team that designed a mock-up of an inflatable lunar habitat. Providing CAD drawings and a simple 3D model, the designs were later built full scale as part of a usability analysis, and were...
Combat Robot 1
Joe designed and built a combat robot for Battlebots using tools from his woodshop. He competed in May, 2001 in San Francisco, and though the robot didn't survive the first match, it was a ton of fun!
Combat Robot 2
The second robot Joe designed and built for Battlebots in November of 2001, where it won its first match, and came close on it's second.
Combat Robot 3
The third robot Joe designed and built for Battlebots in 2002 had a waterjet cut aluminum frame and cover panels, and four Dewalt drill motors.
Cherry End Tables
Built matching end tables from Cherry that include a drawer and tapered legs.
Joe's grandmother needed a way to more easily access her home, so he designed and built this ramp. The ramp is to code, with permits and approval from the building inspector.
Large Screen TV Stand
Joe designed and built a TV stand from hard Maple with tempered glass doors. The two sides hold electronic components, and the center holds the stereo center speaker. A minimal black base makes it appear that the stand is balanced on the center column,...
Raised Bed Garden
Joe designed and built raised beds for his garden using cedar lumber. By creating stakes with small openings, it not only keeps the bed in place, but allows for PVC pipes to be inserted, forming an arched greenhouse for early spring planting. ...
Angled Kitchen Drawers
With a small kitchen, Joe needed to maximize space, so he removed the false fronts on the angled end cabinets, built drawers with angled fronts to fit in the otherwise wasted space, and reattached the fronts to the drawer. ...
After seeing a picture of a 'floating' lamp, 'supported' by it's own power cord, Joe set out to build his own. Once finished, he compared it to the original which he then realized was actually hanging by a cable. His was self supporting. Accidental i...
Joe helped his neighbors design and build a deck for the back corner of their home. The design has a stair angled to match the house, and tall railing supports for a future trellis.
Back Yard Landscaping
Joe moved into a house with a multi-level backyard that was nothing but grass. He added a patio door, designed and built a deck, terraced the hill, and did extensive landscaping. Original condition
After purchasing a home, Joe did extensive modifications, doing all of the design and most of the work himself. He gutted the basement and added a workshop and media room. He then gutted the bathroom and kitchen as well, updating them to be more modern...
Zero Footprint Spice Rack
Joe built a spice rack on the back of a kitchen cabinet door using only two small pieces of wood, 8 lengths of chromed wire and some double-faced tape, while taking away almost none of the previous storage space.
Bucky Ball Art Exhibit
Joe volunteered to help artist Will Wilson and the Urban Paradise Guild to construct an 8' Bucky Ball from invasive species. It was exhibited at the Aqua Hotel as part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.
Technical Director for Theatrical Production
Joe volunteered at a small theater to build a set for the play "The Piano Lesson". On a shoe-string budget, and limited space, Joe converted the stage to a 1930's home, receiving praise from director, cast, and even audience members, including JoMarie...
Suspended Dog Bed
Joe created a frame and then suspended a mat within it as a comfy bed for a dog.
Replaced Entry Stairway for Local Business
A local lawncare business noticed some of Joe's handywork while doing a lawncare visit, and asked if he would replace the stairs at the entrance of their building. Joe removed the old rotting stairs, did some tuckpoint on the surrounding masonry, and...
Joe built a custom bench for a deck using manufactured decking.
Joe's father-in-law needed a way to raise his speakers up a bit. Joe designed and built these speaker risers from Oak, using a curved piece to connect the legs.
Round Mirror Surround
Joe's wife showed him a picture of a mirror she liked and asked if he could create one for her.
Industrial Office Desk
Once Joe was working from home, he needed a better desk. He used what he had laying around the shop and put together this industrial desk with metal workbench legs, a butcher-block top, and added drawers below it. He used a torch to scorch the wood and...
Joe got an air powered vacuum cleaner, once used in a cheese making facility. He cleaned it up and turned it into a planter for his industrial themed office.
Joe took advantage of the wasted space above the toilet by adding three cabinets with sliding doors, creating a ton of hidden storage.
Joe and his wife took an upholstery class, giving a new life to an old chair.
Converted 1958 Mercury Mark 6 Outboard Motor to Electric
Joe bought a non-working 1958 Mercury Mark 6 Outboard Motor. He tore it down, cleaned it up, and then mounted a 24v 80lb trolling motor into it, so the original motors handle...
Restored Outdoor Bench
Joe got an outdoor bench that was in terrible condition for free off Craigslist. He cleaned up and painted the cast iron, and created new wood slats from White Oak to make the bench look like new.
"Vintage" Paper Shredder
Joe needed an "industrial" looking paper shredder to fit the theme of his home office. Starting with a used mid-sized cross-cut shredder, he removed the main components, and built a new case for it, making it look as though it could have existed in...