Hobbies at home

  1. Thrashsmith

    Thrashsmith Member

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    I need a hobby to keep me sane in the evenings. I live in a flat block in a town centre and don't have a garage to make a home workshop in or anything like that, so when I say hobby I mean something non noisey, something you can do from the sofa in front of the TV. (I have a drum kit in my workshop office).

    I asked this on a blacksmthing forum and one guy said he's started weaving using a basic cardboard loom - that's the sorta level I'm talking about, but I thought I'd ask here as well. I'm a bit useless at thinking up ideas for stuff like this, got any suggestions? Weaving, knitting, crochet etc are all of the right vein, but I don't want to turn into a Victorian lady :-)
     
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  2. Arduino / Raspberry Pi? Lots of creative things you can do with them, including what the yoofs call 'wearables'. I think they mean clothing etc with embedded pretty lights etc! Arduino especially is very easy to use and there are many prewritten programs for it which you can tinker with to do what you want.
     
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  3. selectedgrub

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    Hello.
    How about making beads for Courage.
     
  4. jimbo84 Member

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    Bit of electronics, you can get those kits you solder together then move onto bread boards designing your own etc.
     
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  5. Arc Tourist

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    Consider getting some basic tools and learn hand engraving.
     
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  6. 8ob

    8ob Member

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    How about getting one of those miniature lathe/mills and get into model making ?

    Bob
     
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  7. Robbie260 Member

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    3d printing is another one.

    Is the flat yours or is it rented. If its actually yours you could make a spare room if you have one into a workshop. Get the likes of ultra quite dentists conpressor etc. If you take the time and design/insulate the room properly its amazing how much noise you can make and not be heard even on the other side of the door.
     
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  8. oddbob

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    3d printing. It's very addictive and absorbing ...and it doesn't have to break the bank to get going on it.
     
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  9. hotponyshoes Member

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    Is this just for fun / making stuff for yourself or a hobby that makes a bit of pocket money?
     
  10. gaz1

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    id agree with you but lathes and drills have a loverly drone to them and flats can cause a fuss about it

    to pass my time on was downloading and other things years ago now its watch it online instead

    folding metal or building metal shelving up is a good easy one for at night

    i got into fixing pc,s my own at first then it was others bringing theres to me ;)
     
  11. Dcal Member

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    I'm with @jimbo84 and would recommend a bit of electronics.
    If you are up for it valve gear is a great place to start as it easy to get your head around the circuits and the components are bigger.
    Down side is there are lethal voltages and current present when you are tweaking the circuits and doing the inevitable fault finding.
    Big plus is valve gear can sound brilliant.
     
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  12. rockweasel Member

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    Leatherwork?

    I couldn't find an off the shelf phone case that I liked, so I had a go at making one. A few hand tools required and a lot of patience. I get very tense working with small fiddly things, so it's not a relaxing hobby for me but available if I want to make something.

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  13. Thrashsmith

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    Thanks for the suggestions thus far, anything I do would just be for amusement, not earnings. I've always been more of an artist than engineer so the leatherworking & engraving sort of suggestions float my boat more than electronics, I used to make necklace pendants from slate when I was a kid.

    I generally want to avoid anything too close to work, e.g a dremmel isn't far removed enough from a die grinder! Having said though 3D printing sounds interesting, I had no idea it was something that could be done from home, and I do have a spare room to potentially setup something in.

    Please keep 'em coming!
     
  14. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    digital art?

    probably not CAD (fusion 360), but painting using GIMP? (free)

    one of mine:

    IMG-20190508-WA0002.jpg

    from there, theres photography/videography?
    i'm just getting into VFX using "hitfilm express" (again, free software).
    i've also just bought an airbrush + a "silent" compressor to do a bit of "real" painting.


    jewellery making - by wirewrapping or soldering, or even casting - can be done silently.

    resin casting?

    leatherworking has been mentioned - but making "props" for cosplay, or video, or photos, or even just display, can be a multidisciplinary craft, involving plastic, foam, card, resin, paint, leather, metal - add photo-editing/post processing and it could be a "complete" hobby.
     
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  15. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    2 for leather work!....but I was thinking more refurb of leather pieces for cars.

    You could start for example with a set of leather seats and a leather roof and back panel.....for a Nissan Figaro :clapping::clapping:

    I think leather seats redone are around £900 for the Figaro....so pretty sure if you got good at it there might be an income opportunity too!
     
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  16. Tangledfeet

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    Spoon carving, especially from green wood..? It's very big on social media and has a very good community spirit.

    I had some (well, a few hundred kilos of it) lime last year; turned out to be less than ideal for woodturning but carvers love it. I sent a box of it to someone on Instagram and got spoons back in return.

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  17. That is just a bodge!
     
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  18. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    bit rude
     
  19. Not at all, that skill is properly known as bodging, specifically making furniture items from green wood. See here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodging
     
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  20. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    :thumbup::clapping:

    got me.
     
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