Archive for March, 2008

Cabinet Project: The Carcass

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

This weekend I started work on the buffet cabinet. I focused primarily on the carcass and was able to get it pretty close to completion. The top front and rear rails were joined to the sides with some biscuits, while the drawer support in the front and the fixed shelf down towards the bottom half are set inside of stopped dados – both sets of these dados were a bit of challenge. The ones for the shelf were fine, but I made the mistake of not turning the sides around to cut the set needed for the drawer support. Before I realized what had happened it was already too late – there’s now an extra set of unnecessary dados cut into the sides, towards the back of the carcass. I’ll probably leave them alone, since they’re out of sight and sit behind where the drawer will be. If I feel inclined, I could probably cut out a couple filler pieces and glue them in place.

The other flub I made was when I routed out the V grooves in the sides. I had the depth of the bit too far out from the base of the router and because it was trying to cut such a deep groove, it ended up burning the wood a little. I didn’t like how deep it was, so since I’m going to be painting this portion of the cabinet anyway, I just filled it back up with some puddy. I reset the depth of the bit and was able to make a lot cleaner cuts on both sides. They give the plywood the look of being paneled, which is exactly what I was trying to accomplish.

Oh, and the new pipe clamps are working out well.

Try to Complain Less

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

We like to watch the CBS Sunday Morning show and this week they had a story that really struck a cord with me. Out in Kansas City, this minister has come up with a program to help people stop complaining. It involves people wearing these purple bracelets (think LIVESTRONG) that you switch from one wrist to another, everytime you catch yourself complaining about something. The goal is go 21 days straight without complaining. It’s pretty tough – I was barely able to go 2 hours today without complaining about something or other. We tend to complain a lot in our daily lives… but when you think about it… do you really have anything to complain about?

Drawing with Light

Monday, March 24th, 2008

About a month ago I spent two hours outside in the cold, while it snowed, trying to take pictures of the lunar eclipse. Towards the end of it I was getting a little bored and remembered an old trick I used to do with night shots and street lights. I had a flashlight with me so I shot a 25 second exposure of myself bouncing it around. It reminds me of those Sprint commercials that have been out for a while now… which I recently found out was most likely inspired by these guys: PIKAPIKA 

Oh, and the shots of the eclipse… they turned out pretty bad.

Sowing Seeds: Day 16

Monday, March 24th, 2008

It’s been over two weeks now and the seedlings are doing really well. I transplanted a few of the taller ones over to individual containers, just to give them a bit more breathing room and make it easier to transplant outside when it comes time to do so. Just about everything has sprouted at least one of its seeds, including an apple seed. For some reason only one of the banana pepper seeds has come up so I’m not sure what’s going on there. Oh, and no luck on any of the pear seeds yet.

First Daffodil of the Season

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Found this little guy on the side of our house just a few days ago. He’s only about 4 or 5 inches tall.