Category: Work

J. D. Wallace & Co. Table Saw

Years ago, I think 2006 I bought a table saw on Ebay. It is a J.D. Wallace & Co Universal Saw. It is a 10 inch table saw.

This post is here to share images from my restoration and use of the saw today. It had been my shop saw for over 9 years and running.

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Two solid work days

The past two days have been great.. Two full days of video production work. It feels normal for once around here.

On Tuesday the Big Box Pro crew was out shooting an apartment complex commercial and today we were in San Antonio at a doctor’s office for a shoot. Since I had the gear all setup I chose to shoot my daily cancer update on the pro gear. Enjoy.

I look tired here due to lack of sleep. Tonight I will be back to 8+ hours of good sleeping. I have that scheduled for the next couple of days.

Here are a few photos from the apartment video shoot on Tuesday. We were running a three man crew. Pablo snapped some shots while Jeff and Derrick shot.

Sony FS-100 video shoot with Derrick Perrin and Jeff Durrwachter

Derrick Perrin and Jeff Durrwachter run the Sony FS-100

LED light on location at a video shoot.

Jeff Durrwachter tries to high 5 a tv light

Thanks to my guys working so hard and making the back to back shooting days such a success.


Maximizing my Tripod


I’m on an interview shoot today and find myself out at a cemetery. Remember, we get paid to tell the entire story ?  So once upon a time there was a Dryer, TX and I’m shooting video near there today. I came with the interview tripod and now need my low profile tripod. I find the Sony F’S 100’s philosophy of giving you a tripod mount on each side of the camera very nice. With a flip of the plate I found a new way for my Tripod to rest on 3 legs/arms.

Photo of a Buffalo's DriveStation U35SHF3-AA USB 3.0 - SATA - Broken

Why we triple backup – Buffalo hard drives box break

Buffalo hard drives have been the choice for our data at work. When we started to buy their drives it was the only manufacture I could find that were assembling the boxes in Texas. Yes, we knew all the components were coming from China, but we liked the fact someone sitting in Austin, Texas was putting it all together and paying attention to the finishing touches. At that point the only drawback was the fact Buffalo Inc could not tell you what hard drive was in the enclosure. Some were Western Digital Green drives and others were Segate. Most were 5400 RPM some were 7200 RPM. All the tech guys I talked to let me know that W.D. Green drives suck. When I let them know I run triple backups and one of those is not a green drive the said, “that is great man.” So over a three to four years we have purchased 12 drives from Buffalo at our local Altex Electronics store.

This week 2 hard drive boxes have died – Bummer, but we have backups!

Buffalo's DriveStation hard drive # Model HD-LB2.0TU3 and 10 others stacked up. One is open and you can see the USB to SATA adapter.

10 plus Buffalo DriveStation hard drives in a row

After two years of buying Buffalo hard drives we noticed a change.  The company chose to have all the boxes put together in China.

Buffalo - Made in China
Buffalo also went with external USB 3.0 Micro B connection.


So over the last few years we have been a big fan of the computer hard drive company Buffalo. This week we are still proud owners of Buffalo Inc.’s drives. We are not happy that two of our external hard drive boxed have died. The electrical parts have failed. When this happens you can crack the case open and pull the drive.  One of our dead boxes lives inside out pc and the other is now handing out in a BlacX external drive bay.

BlacX 5G HDD Docking Station

So if we do the numbers of loosing 2 buffalo hard drives each week we will be cracking cases and saving drives for 6 weeks. Off to the net to look for a rack or bay that can hold a lot of drives.

-Derrick – feeling nerdy today. Happy to have backups of backups.

San Antonio Video Shoot


#vscocam shot after my video shoot in San Antonio, Texas. Must get a bite to eat and head back to Corpus for an edit and the a crowd funding campaign shoot on Friday morning.

Auralex Foam

Auralex Foam – DIY how to Video

This is a follow up video to my post from last week. We have made some progress on the Auralex foam install at the home project office studio and we wanted to share how we did it.

Thanks for watching.
-Derrick Perrin

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Foam the home office

In August of 2013 I decided it would be better for the family and for the business if I had an edit place in our home. So I stole out back patio and closed it up.




So without a load bearing wall Grason and I busted away the brick columns and put in 2×6 studs in. Two new windows and a door completed my little 6.5 x 12 foot work cave. I roughed it all in and setup shop before It was completed properly.

Jump to August 2014

After working in it for a year I decided to take it from rough Sheetrock to completed audio/video studio work spot.wpid-20140803_221253.jpg

Years ago when I moved Big Box Pro out of my folks house and into a proper office building I teamed up with Michael Fuentes. We shared 300sf of office space in the Oil Industry building – Downtown Corpus Christi.


Big Box Pro 2004ish


Big Box Pro 2013


Corpus Christi, Oil Industry building

Over the years we had accumulated a lot of Auralex Acoustic Foam. This year he upgraded his studio and donated the foam to my new home/studio/office/suite/jam-room.
Auralex Foam
So the slow process is moving on. I’m really liking the way the room is coming out. The cedar bead board angled ceiling came out really nice. I will try to post new photos when I get all of the Auralex foam on the walls. Its a slow process of cutting and fitting each and every piece for a tight fit.

Audix PM-5, Audio Monitor speaker in a home studio

Audix PM-5 with Auralex acoustic foam.

Thanks for reading and come buy to listen to your favorite cd or record anytime.

Work at the Rio Grande

This week I’m working a media event shoot for Australian Public TV. Today we are in McAllen and Rio Grande City, Texas.




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Love sign with Kendra and Derrick

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