Here’s a quick compilation of some of my favorite ‘not for market’ creations over the years. These projects go back over 10 years, and it’s been fun-slash-painful to look at some of these, but way more on the fun side. I have no formal training with any of the tools I’ve wielded; not with plasma torches, or CAD programs, TIG welders or tooling. But the lesson I’ve always tried to take away from my failures, mistakes and slow-starts is this: at least I’ve found out another way NOT to do it next time. WD-40 took 39 mistakes before success, and James Dyson took 5,127 attempts before he got his vacuum to work right.
If you have any any projects to share, especially a mistake- then the success, I’d love to see them here. Make sure to let us know what you learned. Hopefully we can take your lesson to heart so we don’t have to learn it the hard way!