Saturday, November 28, 2009

you've been warned

this simple statement gave me a lot of ideas

Thursday, November 26, 2009

setting up a production line

a very slow production line though, because i dont have enough clamps to do more than one bin at a time, so i have to wait 5-6 hours between bins.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

weekend in the shop

I spent the weekend in the shop, working through this latest iteration and attempting to build it. It is in the stocks right now, letting the epoxy set up. I guess we'll see monday morning if it works.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

same bin, new material

so i am pushing my idea of the worm bin to explore itself in actual materials now, instead of paper-based materials. So I made a mold to wrap the metal (aluminum so it doesn't rust) around. Unfortunately, the way i made it, if i were to wrap the metal around and glue two end pieces to it, it would be permanently located there.

some pics:


I learned something new about worms this morning when i woke up. apparently they are very sensitive creatures, that after moving feel displaced in their new home, and in their longing for home, they try to run-away from their new worm bin to go home. They are very humanistic this way, and sometimes I feel like this, too. But, according to the old adage, " you can never go back home," i solved their itchy feet by leaving the light on them for a few days, now they seem to be settled.

Monday, November 16, 2009

i got worms

so after trying for a few weeks to buy red worms from a local nursery and being unsuccessful, i finally gave up and decided to order them online. I went to, based out of camas, washington, and less than 48 hours later a bucket of worms was hand-delivered to my door, because apparently doug was in the neighborhood.

so I put my little wigglers to work. i have to say that i was more grossed out by a bucket of squirmy little worms than i expected myself to be, so maybe i need to think about the initial packaging of the worms.

worms are not very photogenic

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I added some transparency to the model to show off the insides--this is starting to speak of the construction method that I'm thinking of; with the red becoming cnc milled pieces and the transparent will be wrapped around the milled pieces. The bins arent showing in this rendering but will hang from the milled pieces. in each section (3 of them).

black lake worm bin

The photo that follows provides an example of what the worm bin would look like if it were in the middle of a rectangle of black water. Okay, I wont demur your comment that my rendering skills could be polished, but I have completed the worm bin (except for a few minor details). Now I have to get it out. Here's the photo:

Monday, November 9, 2009

bin base

still needs some work!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

bin lid

here's a screenshot of what the bin lid is looking like right now. I'm trying to keep it very simple and clean, but it is coming out understated. There are currently two openings at the top, on of them for storage and changing the charcoal filter, and one for placing foodscraps and stuff. This is a early iteration, so if anyone has any great ideas on how to kick up this interaction with the bin, let me know.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

mdf run . . . (or bike)

I picked up a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 in MDF today, and it fit easily into the bike cart with room for more. It did however, lift my bike off the ground when I wasn't on the seat.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

inside the computer?

today, i got my ideas into the computer, at least for the detailing of the bin. Tomorrow, hopefully i can get them out.

Monday, November 2, 2009