Skip to main content


Showing posts from May, 2016

Auto Draft

[caption id="attachment_7266" align="alignnone" width="840"] Roughed in shelves[/caption] I put the top two pieces together and wrestled them into place after work tonight. I decided to remove the trim from around the window. It was in the way and I have extra from previous projects, so I will just redo it to fit the current project. The next step is to trim it all out with face frames, but I think that will probably wait a few weeks. I need to give my Home Depot card a break and there are some other projects that haven't been taken care of while I work on things for me. I changed the lamps in my ceiling fan from soft white to daylight and the room no longer has that warm/dark look. The paint actually looks grey in this light. In other news, I managed to get the Jetpack publicize feature working again, well, me and the tech at Lunarpages. Thanks to them. They really are great. So with that working again you can get your daily dose of on Fac

Memorial Day

Take a moment from your picnic, your barbecue, or your day at work, wherever you might be today, and give thanks to those who have served or are serving our country and to remember those who have fallen in that service. Such service is a gift to all of us and it is a gift we so often forget. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Enjoy the day.

If Only I had Some Sort of Shelf

The closet conversion is done. The front bookcase will be done once the paint cures, for another week or so, just to be safe. Fresh paint has bee put on the walls and ceiling. What to do next... I started by clearing out some of the stuff piled everywhere in the office, being able to move those books to the closet was a boon. And once the old bookshelves were empty I could get them out of the room. Once there was some room, it was time for the next step in the process. The lovely and talented, Lady Ronn, helped me get this big-bad out of the garage and standing upright in the office. Which was awesome, because it's made out of 3/4-plywood and I don't know if I could have moved it alone. Once that was in place, I started working on the mirror twin of that bookcase to go on the opposite side of the window. It went together fast. First, because I cut all the pieces at one time, ensuring a uniformity of cuts that was non-existent it the first unit. And second, because I'd alrea

Just Add Books

This morning I started putting books on the shelves in what was once the office closet. It's been a couple three weeks and I just can't wait any longer. My patience has reached its end. Hopefully, the paint is cured enough that I won't regret this decision. So I loaded up the shelves and threw in some decorative nic-nacs in for good measure. I'm very happy with the way that this project has turned out. So much that I've kinda gone shelving crazy... but that's another post. Have a look-see at what my hard work has created. I'm still waiting for the other shelving unit to cure. I left the sailboat sitting on top of it for a couple days and it did exactly what I was worried it would do... It stuck to the bottom and left a bunch of ugly brown marks all along the top of the shelf. I was able to remove those marks with more elbow grease than I would have liked and just a dab of sand paper. I don't think I'll need to touch up the paint, as it looks pretty g

Celebrate Towel Day

Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honor. From Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you — daft as a brush, but very

Jury Duty

I have been summoned to serve as a juror this week, by order of the court. So that's what I'm up to this morning. I have mixed feelings about getting on a jury. I'm all about doing my civic duty, but work is busy right now and spending a few days or a week on jury duty probably means something isn't going to get done. Of course, the other side of that coin is that work is busy right now and if I get picked for a jury, I won't have to worry about work for a few days or a week. Such is my conundrum. No posts this weekend, because the office has been torn up in order to paint and I couldn't get to much of anything. It's still a mess, with my stuff spread out between four rooms, but I can say that it has started to come back together. The worst part of this process is having all these empty shelves that I don't want to put anything on until the paint cures. So frustrating. [caption id="attachment_7241" align="alignnone" width="840&qu

It Fits

Sure, I dinged a couple walls getting it in the room. And, yes, I may have scraped the door and the trim wiggling it into place. But the long and short of it, is that my plan worked. It fits. It fits right where it's supposed to and it's just about as perfect as it can be in this old house where there isn't a square wall to be found. Not too tall. Not too wide. Not too deep. I changed the outlet to a white one and painted that section of the wall. I screwed the bookcase to the wall at the top and bottom, so it won't move or fall over. Not that I can imagine that happening. Did I mention how heavy this thing is? I'm pretty sure I did. It's very heavy. I need to patch the screw holes, cut the carpet, tack down the carpet, and of course there is still painting to be done. The bookcase needs to have the top repainted; it wasn't a smooth finish so I sanded and scraped it a bit. The whole office needs a coat of "Elephant Skin" grey. And there needs to be

I Have Almost Nothing For You Tonight

I had two emergencies today at work, which did nothing for helping me get my 21 remaining spring preventative maintenance work orders done this month. My office is a friggin' mess. It's a dusty mess, stuff is in all the wrong places, and everybody keeps asking where the pedestals are going. My back hurts from repeatedly moving that heavy-ass bookcase around the garage. But I did make some progress on it. I used the router to shave the boards flush on the bookcase, filled in some flaws with filler, gave it a good sanding down, and painted the exposed underside black. I tried to find a picture to put here but had no luck, or rather, no inspiration. No picture for you. Then I cleaned the garage, came inside, and tried to figure out how much longer I get HBO for $1. I think it ends next month. Also, I don't think I mentioned it, but I found a color match for the siding on the house, so I picked up 6-pieces and I guess I'll have to fix that mess on the side of the house, pat

Weekend Projects: Shelves

As I mentioned on Friday, I'm redoing one set of shelves and replacing another. What you're looking at here are the Sunday night progress for these two projects. I'll do a more in-depth look at each in the near future. Directly below is the rebuilt shelves that sit in front of the desk. If you blow up the picture to full size, you'll see that the trim extends out beyond the shelving unit at the top and sides. This is because it will be built into the new desk. The file drawers and computer compartment will tie-in on the sides and then the new desk top will set on top of the three pieces and they'll all tie together into one very homemade/DIY desk. [caption id="attachment_7229" align="aligncenter" width="840"] front of new desk[/caption] This is the unfinished build for the bookcase. This thing is HEAVY. Like three sheets of 3/4 plywood heavy. It is also incredibly strong, which it had to be to span the full 72" without any center

Silence is Golden

[caption id="attachment_7226" align="alignnone" width="840"] Think before you speak[/caption]

I Think I Have Enough To Start

You can never have too many shelves. Seriously. Never too many. Ever. Besides, I want a three shelf unit on the wall next to the door. And I think I have enough leftover wood to build at least one section. Turns out I do. So I'm going to build one. It'll be 72" wide by 12" deep and three of these tall, plus a short base. I ran the numbers through the sagulator ... yes, that's a real thing. According to the calculator, the eye will notice a deflection of 1/32″ (0.03″) per running foot. My specs say that I'm looking at 0.009" per foot. That's without any support in the middle. I may be accused of overbuilding, but they're strong. The thing is, it might look odd with that distance of open span... Tell me what you think, does it need a middle divider? So, that's how I spent my night.

It was Fine. Fine isn't Good Enough.

Let's start a new project. Why the hell not. I'm going to call this one the desk project, because it involves building a desk. The desk will be built in four parts; shelves for the front of the desk, two cabinets, and the desk top. Tonight we're redoing something that was already mostly done. [caption id="attachment_7219" align="alignnone" width="840"] not quite what I want anymore[/caption] I made this as a front for my existing desk. I made it with a circular saw and screws and It was my first try at this stuff. It was nice enough for then, but now it needs to be better. It needs to be shorter. It needs to have the trim work resized. It needs to be thinner, front to back. But mostly, it needs to become the actual front side of the new desk. I tore it apart, right down to the individual planks, and then I ran everything through the table saw to make the board depth identical and clean. Then I put the shelves back together. [caption id="a

Yay! Summer School

My wife, the world renown Lady Ronn, is a warrior. A week ago she was recovering from finals and tonight she is right back at it for the spring/summer classes. She is determined to get this done and done as quickly as she can. Between work, family and school she is knocking it out of the park. It kinda makes me think that I should get off my ass and join her in the world of secondary education, lord knows it wouldn't hurt my skill set. I'm currently listening to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and while I am very early into it, I'm enjoying it far more than I did The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I guess every classic novel is not for everyone, or perhaps some are just more classic than others. Next up on the project list is to paint both the master bedroom and the office. Walls and trim in both rooms, and as an added bonus the ceiling in the office. Once the bedroom is done there will be some supplemental design painting, but that's something I'm looking forward

Closet Converted

The closet conversion is complete. Mind you that there is stuff outside the closet that is not finished, i.e. that mess of a three color wall. The shelves are done, the drawer is done, the painting is done, it's all done. You may be wondering why nothing on the shelves. The paint. Latex paint dries to the touch quickly, like within an hour, sometimes faster. The issue being, that it takes much longer to cure. I've read that it can take as much as two weeks for it to cure through. Until it's cured there is a pretty good chance that it'll be sticky and I DO NOT want my books to stick to the shelves. So, I'm waiting a bit before I fill up the closet. That dent at the front of the bottom ledge, that's me going to fast and smashing the base with a hammer as I put down the carpet tack strip. Doh! Pine is so damn soft, but so damn cheap.

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. Here are some inspirational Mother's Day quotes and a few cards to my particular set of mothers on this happy holiday. [caption id="attachment_7202" align="alignright" width="300"] Betty[/caption] All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. - Abraham Lincoln Men are what their mothers made them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson [caption id="attachment_7200" align="alignleft" width="300"] Shirley[/caption] By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh   [caption id="attachment_7203" align="alignright" width="300"] Gloria[/caption] I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me. - Antonio Villaragigosa I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me. - Martina Hingis [caption id="attachment_7201"

Hex Shelves Painted

I used some of my paint from previous projects to put some earthy tones on the inner hexes. The colors don't show up all that well, but it's a green-grey, light tan, and the coco-brown from the basement bedroom. I painted the exterior of the hexes with the same white as all the trim in the room, or the same color all the trim will be once the painting gets done. Then I wanted a dark color for the hex lines and I went with some java brown I had on the shelf. The inside images are from the World of Greyhawk map, a huge influence on me from earlier days. What's next? I will probably add some black tint to the border brown, I just don't feel like it's dark enough. Then I'm going to give the whole thing a coat of satin polyurethane to give it a uniform gloss, harden the surfaces up so they don't peel or stick to anything displayed on them, and to seal the map paper to the backing. The stuff won't be going back on until the walls get painted in the next few da


How's that Closet Coming?

Everything has been primed up at this point, even the drawer face, which isn't shown. I put a couple coats of satin-finish poly on the drawer, just to give it a finished feel. The shelves and trim will be Ultra Pure White in satin, the ceiling will be Interior Ceiling Flat (white), the walls will be Elephant Skin (grey) also satin. I've got a couple three colors sitting in front of me for the inside of the shelves, but I think I'm going to wait until the walls are done to make the final decision. I'm very happy with the way it's come together and I'm looking forward to getting some color put on this project. So that's what I'll be doing on Saturday.

Cinco de Mayo

I celebrated early with a pair of breakfast burritos. olé Today at work I realized I left my Air Conditioning Toolbox somewhere, and it's not the somewhere I was thinking. Or maybe it was and it walked off in the hands of another. This could be a bummer for the pocketbook. Tonight there was more primer painting, more sanding, more polyurethane application, and laundry. That's my post. I'm going back to drinking honeyed tea and trying to calm this annoying three week old cough. Oh, and laundry. Can't forget the laundry. Damn laundry.

You Know What Day It Is

This past weekend Lady Ronn and I watched the first Star Wars film. It was amusing to me to hear how much of it she just simply didn't remember, of course, she has not seen it nearly as many times as I have. Not to say that I've watched it a lot, but I've probably seen it close to a dozen times since it came out. This time around we watched the digital copy we picked up from Amazon, the one that was just released as a package of the first six movies. I was struck by two things as I watched it. First, that despite the technology used and the efforts made I felt the changes made and the effects added by Lucas and company just did not blend in as well as I remember when I saw it at the theatrical re-release back in the 90s. Which may tie into the second thing that struck me; while I still enjoyed it, the magic has faded for me. There are still ideas that excite me in the Star Wars mythos, but these are things that I've internalized and allowed to grow in my own garden of t

An Evening in the Garage

I spent the evening in the garage working on projects. I sanded and applied polyurethane to the drawer that goes into the closet conversion. I also picked up a pine board to make the drawer front, but I cheaped out and the board may be too knotty to really work. I cut it to size and tried to get rid of the worst bits of the board. I'm not sure this is good enough. We'll see once I get it primed up. I also sanded the primer on the hex shelves, but didn't get around to painting them yet. Mainly, this is because it would require me to decide on colors... Did I mention that the pillars that Superman and Batman are still just primer? Yeah, probably time to decide on colors. Additionally, I made a small television stand for my neighbor. It's just short of 4 inches tall and just large enough to hold up the TV. Basically, he wanted something that would let him put the cable box under the TV and since I already had all my tools out, I said I'd do it. So I grabbed some scrap

Straddle the Line

[caption id="attachment_7154" align="aligncenter" width="840"] you can't live on love and dreams don't pay the bills[/caption]