A customer needed to be convinced, and we needed a mobile example of how CNC + LED can make awesome.
Garage, No 2step
Some weeks ago, after attacking the house a number of times just generally cleaning and organizing, I compressed what remained off our brown box collection to be 10 full boxes instead of 25 halfies. This opened up the basement for me to store all the garages contents worth keeping which, after 720 loads, thankfully fit down there.
After that, the task was to bring the shell back to studs which meant…. DEMO TIME! Hey battabatta, suh-WING!
These are the after shots, with all the denailed wood in responsible little piles!
So I’m really like LEDs lately, partially because of how low power they are, and partially because of how tiny they are. The top one is a sample for a client and the second was an award for a local corvette club, featuring the new C7 logo.
Winter Twenty Fourteen
I live in Baltimore. Which means south of the mason-dixon. Which means I live in The South. And that’s what my dang bumper looked like. REdiculous.
Recent stuff at work
Just a few of the projects I’ve done lately.
Merry Christmas! In February!
Yeah… So, yeah. I’m that late with this stuff. Just had loads going on with the move; the joke has moved from ‘where’s that thing?’ to ‘oh I know, it’s in a brown box downstairs – which one? I have NO clue.’
Here are some Christmas hilarity shots featuring my epic new Duluth Trading Co shirt, deep frying a turkey, and dinner with heids parents and some friends.
Lil’ House on the…. Cinder block foundation
So Heid & I bought a house and one of the selling points was it’s stand alone garage – aka, FUTURE AWESOME WORKSHOP!
But like all good projects & great plays, it’s all about staging. The above shots are from right after the move, when we just tossed all my wood and odds n ends in there until the house got better organized, so that the mess the basement would be partially relieved. Eventually all that junk would end up back in the basement when work commenced on the workshop it self, I’m just behind on posting.
It’s always fun to randomly find your stuff when your not expecting it – well, that is if it’s pleasing. Here’s a little design I did for a Dominican barbershop a few years ago, I stumbled across it on one of the last night’s we were still at Bouldin street. Not going to win any awards, but just clean and, of course, Bodoni.
Cutlery Drawer Insert
So our main utensils drawer is like the wild west; complete disarray, lawless & without purpose or aim. So I’m bringing some order to the table, so to speak.
Et, voila! Needs some tailoring and a glue up, but you get the picture. I’ll up some before & after shots when it’s all ready.
For those of you wondering, yes, I have been extremely busy: buying a new house and getting the old one ready to rent is no small feat!
Things look wierd
Moves are so odd. Someplace you are used to feeling a connection with, you willingly force into a state of foreign dissarray – only to feel saddened at how foreign it feels.
Home network in a box
Does yours look like mine? Doesn’t look like terrabytes and trans-platform robustness. Just looks like colorfull wires and perforated plastic boxes.
Ok, mostly done – they still need a finish, but if I’m lucky, were gonna clear coat them so they will stay pretty!
Old door is old. So I relieved it of it’s old veneer, sanded it down, cut some new veneer, screwed it on, puttied in the low bits, sanded agane, painted, and reinstalled. Doesn’t feel like a whole weekend when I type it like that, but yeah. It was.
So… The stairs to the basement were pretty rickety, and just generally gave you that unsettled, “yeah, this might be it” kind of feeling – everytime you went to get the laundry. So I started with removal of the treads and rizers only to find about 47 other random bits of wood that were clearly from 100 years of crappy patch jobs. THEN Mike & I decided to deinstall the floating stringer as well, which found us another set of 74 random bits of wood, and what seemed to be the first anti-gravity stronger known to mankind! Aside from all the patchwork fixes and two (2) nails going UP, neither of us has any idea how this thing was originally supported.
So, anyways, a trip to The Loading Dock had yielded 3 2x10x10′ and 3 2x12x10′ from which mike and I fashioned a stringer brace with which to sister the original stringer, and all the treads. The rizers I cut out of scrap 1/2 inch white faced mdo I keep around, although I will need a few more to finish up. Also two ‘teeth’ on the wall side stringer needed to be amputated & replaced, while about 6 of the floating side were already broken off – but poorly mended- and needed reinstallation.
So once the old and new stringer sandwhich was cemented with about 50, 2.5″ exterior grade screws, it was hefted into place and the measure-cut process of tread & rizer fab began.
Currently the treads just need mounting and the last few risers need making and that’s it! Course, a finish might be nice, but for now, Heid & I really like the wood/white/wood interplay as they are!
Backyard Barbeque, son!
qwote of the day
“They’ll be up for a couple of weeks, before midnight crews pull them down and replace them with the next project, the next blockbuster, the next 90-minute exercise in toppled tropes. It’s what movies pass for now. “
- from a scathing review of ‘elycium’ on boing boing here.
Bikes & beers baby, yeah!
So…. No beers really, but the spirit was there. E-Rice and I, post mega-hill bombing.
The Hyperion Cantos is read. At +-700 pages each, I’d say it took me a few months for the lot, although maybe it helps that I had originally read the first one some 13ish years ago, but yeah. 2800 pages is still worthy of note in my book.
The King at his Throne
Mr.T at his station, gettin’ everything ready for today’s festivities. Oh yes, that’s an old smokey in the foreground.
For we have achieved crital mass, or in his words, “The Grill Mecca.”