Prototype: Olight and SOG Powerplay Kydex Combo Holster

The hardest part for me thus far with Kydex Holster making is getting everything straight! Goes to show that even though you have all the right tools, does not mean you’ll be able to compete with the big boys. Practice makes perfect though, so I whipped up this guy last night. Edges need more work, but I did a slightly better job at getting the fasteners aligned.

Looking at it now as I write this, my OCD is kicking in big time. (I didn’t even know I had OCD) Bottom fasteners should have been properly aligned along with the straighter edges. And after wearing it for a few hours, I probably should have inverted the placement of the Olight and the SOG Powerplay. The Olight is stabbing me a bit. I’ll just have to lose some weight.

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Kydex Holsters

After purchasing and loving a Kydex holster for my Glock 43 I thought it would be fun to try and make some on my own. It is very fun, and not as easy as YouTube makes it out to be. Here are some that I have made. Hopefully I continue to get better and better at it.

Sig P238 IWB
Sig P238 IWB
Ruger SR9C OWB
Ruger SR9C OWB
M&P Shield IWB
M&P Shield IWB

Christmas Throwing Hawks

If you ever watch Top Shot on the HISTORY Channel you’ll see all kinds of weapons. From long rifles to rocks! When they break out the Tomahawks I grin from ear to ear. So since it is Christmas time, I HAD to add some to my Christmas Wishlist and the missus came through!

I’ve been telling friends that it is so satisfying to hear that THUNK when the hawk sticks. I have not been able to hone my technique. Sometimes I can stick all three, like above, and there are times where nothing sticks for several throws. It has been so much fun and I hope the fun never wears out!

Get yours at Amazon!

My Secret Santa Wants me to Carve Something

Reddit.com’s slogan is “The Front Page of the Internet”, and it could be very true. It is a very large website with tons and tons of content. Several years ago, some Reddit users started an online Secret Santa where users would be randomly matched to each other to buy gifts for each other. Since Reddit is so large, the Secret Santa turned into the largest Gift Exchange ever by surpassing Guinness records.

This will be my seventh year being a part of this gift exchange. Over the years I have received some great gifts. Etched glasses, model cars, phone chargers, and even Black’s Brisket.

When you sign up you are given the opportunity to fill out a profile so that your Secret Santa can use to determine what to buy. I don’t fill out this profile. I simply input my Social Media profiles and let them decide what to get me by stalking me! It’s worked out great! This year was no different.

Pictured are two gifts I received from my giftee. The book that introduces me to Wood Carving arrived first. It’s titled The Beginner’s Handbook to Woodcarving. I was slightly overwhelmed because it requires some hand tools I didn’t have BUT to my extreme surprise a set of hand carving tools arrived the very next day! I can’t wait to try it out. I’m hoping to post some carves here as I try them.

You can get a copy of the book for yourself here.

Great Pizza Doesn’t Have To Be Rectangular

I like pizza. Most people do. I had a friend in elementary that didn’t like it. Rectangular school cafeteria pizza is the thing of memories! I used to give Arturo the Grandma Cookies my mom packed for me in my lunch box in exchange for the pizza he didn’t like. That’s when my bully turned into a best friend.

Nowadays I eat my pizza like most non-chicagoans, pyramid slices. 

My favorite pizza joint is a small place in Brownsville called Jersey’s Pizza. It’s not a fancy place. No brick, wood burning oven here. From what I’ve seen, their oven is nothing special. Some might say the pizza is not that special but I fell in love with it immediately after my first bite. Maybe it’s the grease, as you can see in the pic! 

A few of us after church a had a fun discussion about greasy foods. The greasier the better was the resounding sentiment! 

If you find yourself in Brownsville, or if you just want to try a new pizza spot give Jersey’s Pizza a shot. 

 

I had Hot Dogs at a Mexican Joint..

Kramer had an internal alarm clock. I have an internal food/restaurant database. A few weeks ago I overheard my co-workers talking about a Mexican Restaurant in Weslaco,TX. I wasn’t in the conversation (maybe I was actually doing work!) but I heard them say it was so good, it was on International Blvd, and that you can sit outside if the weather is nice.

As I left work, I asked for the name and saved it in the database. The name was Nana’s Taqueria.

So, as the missus and I asked ourselves many, many times where we each wanted to eat my brain ran a query and out came Nana’s Taqueria. Off to Weslaco we went. Nana’s is pretty easy to find on South International Blvd. Look for the house looking restaurant with lots of lights.

It was a nice night out so we sat outside .It’s very homey because it must’ve been a home at one time. Unfortunately, I was not really wanting Mexican but the Mexican Hot Dogs sounded great! Bacon wrapped, topped with diced tomatoes, cilantro,onions, and guacamole. Hold the onions please!
Very good dogs! I never would have guessed cilantro would be the perfect topping on a hot dog, but it was so good. I want cilantro on all hot dogs now!

Would definitely go back there and would recommend!

Oh ley!

Someone is very smart at Nana’s. Sombreros are strategically placed throughout the backyard to entice the selfie generation.

Adirondack Chair

Had been almost a year since I did some wood work, so I was eager to get back into it. I have been smoking some meats a lot recently and have been in need of some outdoor chairs. Found a simple Adirondack plan from Home Depot and Ana White so I gave it a go. As the comments stated, the stringers were the most difficult part, but got it right on the second try and only ruined one stringer! Actually, what was the most difficult part was getting that first screw in. I totally stripped it and had to use a screw Extractor. On the first screw!

It was not the first screw to be stripped during this build. I had to do plenty of pre-drilling and a few more extractions. All and all, a great learning experience. The chair is comfy but probably needs cushions.

Fear of Flying

I am not ashamed to say that I am terribly afraid of flying. Even though I worked at an airport for around 2 years, watching planes land all the time, I am still terrified. I really wish I was not so afraid. Especially after watching videos like this:

Cockpit View of Landing in Los Angeles, California