Sunday Sweatin’

So I had to go out to get a “strap wrench” on Sunday, and I saw these tables for sale out front.

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So I snapped some shots and, immediately upon my return, I dug through my various scrap piles, and compiled all the best long pieces I had, took some measurements and I was off. Did a quick google search for a basic template to follow, and was able to make the entire table in a day! Later that night, six of us ate of it with no size issues, although the middle of the bench was a bit saggy, so I’ll brace that at some point. And nothing is sealed so it’s vulnerable as well.

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21 July 2014 / , , , , , / No Comments.

Hassan’s GTI Coilovers

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Nate at NGP hooked up my homie Hassan with a set of their house brand Coilovers, so we spent Saturday putting them in. I’m still sore.

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21 July 2014 / , , / No Comments.

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sketch, based on a graphic i saw in a mag. nice layers on this one.

17 July 2014 / , , / No Comments.

Lunchtime Sketchin’

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generic university logos.

7 July 2014 / , , , / No Comments.

Garage Update

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It’s been a minute since I updated, but things have been going simultaneously slow and steady. Insulation got finished, and the first wave of electrical got done. Because of the way the nail boards are oriented, the north and south walls need to be installed first, and then the east and west can go in. Of 11 planned 4-plug outlets, 10 will be inside, with three switched at the apex for lights, six spread two per wall at work bench height for various uses, and an additional two more hidden below the work bench to run things like the computer and the stereo. While the lights and the computer sockets will be on one breaker, the main six will be on their own, to spread current draw; I’m rated for two 30 amp, but I only had them update to 20′s from the 15′s it came with.

Add you can see by the back wall, two socket holes have been cut so far; only eight to go! I think after I finish the south wall, I’ll do the west as it will have an array of steel poles coming out at maybe 15 degrees off horizontal, so I can store timber, which will in turn free up loads of space in both the garage and the basement. Additionally, I’ll be bringing in whatever mobile shelves I have down in the latter to help store all my tools and junk in the prior. This includes some budget cabinets that I assume used to be in the kitchen. Not that these will be permanent (hopefully), but they will provide much immediately needed shelving for my junk.

I have massive junk people, get over it. Ask Heidi. ‘S all I hear from her.

4 July 2014 / , , , , , / No Comments.

CPS

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A customer needed to be convinced, and we needed a mobile example of how CNC + LED can make awesome.

3 February 2014 / , , , / No Comments.

Garage, No 2step

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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!

3 February 2014 / , , / No Comments.

Edge-lit Acrylic

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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.

3 February 2014 / , , / No Comments.

Winter Twenty Fourteen

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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.

3 February 2014 / , , , , / No Comments.

Recent stuff at work

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Just a few of the projects I’ve done lately.

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Merry Christmas! In February!

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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.

3 February 2014 / , , , / No Comments.

Kitties Snoozin

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Maggie & Nika, co-chillen.

3 February 2014 / , , / No Comments.

Lil’ House on the…. Cinder block foundation

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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.

3 February 2014 / , , / No Comments.

Old work

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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.

3 February 2014 / , , / No Comments.

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.

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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!

7 January 2014 / , , / No Comments.

Things look wierd

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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.

22 November 2013 / / No Comments.

Home network in a box

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Does yours look like mine? Doesn’t look like terrabytes and trans-platform robustness. Just looks like colorfull wires and perforated plastic boxes.

Stairs: Done.

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Ok, mostly done – they still need a finish, but if I’m lucky, were gonna clear coat them so they will stay pretty!

22 October 2013 / , , , / No Comments.

Door Veneer

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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.

20 October 2013 / , , / No Comments.

Stairs: Redux

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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!