Revamping a Vintage Suite Case into a Multi-functional Carrying Case

I’ve been working on converting my vintage Samsonite suitcase into a hobby carrying case for almost a year now, with lots of hiatuses scattered throughout.

In the end, I hope to mimic a lot of features from the ModelMaq MT02:

Why would I do this instead of buying the MT02? First off, the MT02 is intended for painting miniatures, which is not my hobby. I’m much better at using polymer clay to make miniatures in the first place. Tools for painting and tools for sculpting are very different, and have different setup and storage needs. Secondly, the price. While the MT02 has a ton of features that almost justify the price of several hundred Euro, there’s also the price of shipping on top of it all. That said, I’d rather make a customized case myself for much less money (but much more time).


Photos courtesy of Southern Bella Vintage

Photos courtesy of Southern Bella Vintage


In Progress:

I’ve done the following to the case thus far:

  • I ripped out some of the fabric panels.
  • Completely stripped the “bottom” portion of fabric.
  • I created a cleat to hold a middle platform to hold the cutting mat.
  • I cut out a panel on each side of the bottom for drawer faces.
  • I did this with a special hand-saw.
  • I laser cut some wood to be drawers.
  • I have purchased brass to make the two swinging/fold-out tool holders for the top half.
  • I purchased a light to attach to the top half.

Dry fitting the fold out tool holders.

TIL: Quick Whipped Cream

Homemade peaches and cream
Homemade peaches and cream

Today I learned that you can make whipped cream in a Magic Bullet (TM).

I put about 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream into the small bullet container and let it whip for about a minute. Please note, this is much longer than the manufacturer’s recommended time for blending.

San Mateo (Bay Area) Maker Faire

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Writing and Inspiration

If you didn’t know, writing prose and writing a blog post is a completely different experience. The tone, the diction and even the part of my brain that I use (anecdotally, but it certainly feels like it) vary widely between the two.  Inspiration for what to write for a blog …