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New project! A '97 Jeep Cherokee XJ with 244,000 on the clock

I'm buying a site-unseen '97 Jeep Cherokee XJ for $1,500! This thing was owned and garage kept for the last 19 years by a nice, older lady who never abused it and maintained it religiously via the dealership, and the Jeep comes with a stack of service receipts as thick as pea soup. That's the only way I would buy any vehicle with 244,000 miles on the odometer...

DIY coffee table made out of pallet wood

I made a coffee table!

Here's how I did it...

diy coffee table made with old pallet wood, homemade and hand made

The "Hola Hoop Tunnel" for growing veggies all winter!

Last week, my girlfriend and I decided to pick a project out of my collection of Mother Earth News magazines and just do it. Last month, they published an article on cold frame gardening, and that's what we choose. We went to the hardware store, gathered some supplies, and proceded to get our hands dirty! 

Motorcycle Wheel Restoration

The old rims on my 1974 Honda CL200 had seen better days. They were dented, out of true, scratched, a little rusty, and no longer safe. So I ordered some new rims: shouldered aluminum ones. Here's how I installed them.

lacing motorcycle while rims spokes

How to paint/restore motorcycle or bike spokes

This is how I painted my old, used motorcycle wheel spokes. The same process should work for bicycle spokes as well. The bike is a 1974 Honda CL200. The spokes are cadmium plated steel (I think).

restored motorcycle rim spokes

New project! A 1978 Honda CB750

Just picked up this awesome bike! A 1978 Honda CB750. And a box of parts to go with it.

honda cb750 project bike motorcycle old

Exporting/migrating a Joomla website to Drupal7, with code

After building the new webiste for Kansas Public Radio using Drupal 7, I needed a way to export all of the old articles from our Joomla website to the new website. I could have experimented with the Feeds module for Drupal or another Joomla to Drupal solution, but our installation of Joomla was sooooo old and outdated that I couldn't trust anything. I decided to write my own bit of code.

Introducting: WowBox, a 3-dimensional HTML5 canvas plugin for jQuery

WowBox is a jquery plugin that adds some HTML5 canvass magic to any div on your website. With just a little bit of code, we can make some really super cool 3D effects. 

This Old Three-Wheeler: Honda ATC90 Project, part 2

It was time to stop ignoring the problems with the engine and fix them propery. 

Honda atc90 three wheeler atc

How (not) to make a DIY seat for a motorcycle/ATV

For my This Old Three-Wheeler project, a 1973 Honda ATC90, I needed to make a seat. I didn't care much about looks, I just needed something function and inexpensive. That's why I decided to try and make it myself. For my 1974 Honda CL200, I had a hot-rod upholstery shop make the seat and they did a terrific job and the seat is gorgous. This seat, however, is not.

homemade motorcycle atv dirtbike seat diy honda atc90

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