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  • Corner Lazy Susan Cabinet Installed

    I installed the base corner cabinet over the weekend. I assembled this in the kitchen as the cabinet is pretty huge. As of now, the two installed cabinets are the oven cabinet and the corner cabinet. The others in the photos are the temporary cabinets. Like all the other cabinets, the toe kick was  assembled separately from the base. For this cabinet, it made sen...

  • I Hate Spammers

    I hate spammers. These people are the lowest of the low. There should be a national spam offender registry. I'd want to know if one of these dirtbags was moving into my neighborhood. Every day, I spend a ridiculous amount of time sifting through spam in my home mail accounts and work mail account, and that is after the spam blocking software has had a go at it. (BTW, Norton anti-spam i...

  • Project NoSpank

    Project NoSpank is a great resource site for those of us who do not think corporal punishment is the way to go with our kids. Some of the stories on that site are truly heartbreaking.Violence gets passed down from generation to generation, manifesting as physical abuse, mental abuse, that foul temper, coldness, or any number of other more subtle ways. Be the one to put a stop to it so...

  • Wall Oven Installed

    I scribed the wall oven cabinet to the wall and permanently installed it today. After that, Melissa and I hefted that oven into the cabinet. It wasn't an easy task. I have had it sitting on a wheeled furniture mover (basically four pieces of maple with carpet over two of them and four wheels under it. I picked it up at Lowes.) We wheeled it in front of the cabinet, protecting the floor ...

  • Big Mac Pumpkin

    Check out the Big Mac Pumpkin

  • Renovation Update: Base Corner Cabinet

    During my two week vacation, I made a lot of progress on the cabinets. I still have a few days to work before I go back, but this is what I finished: Redesigned the cabinet legs and some details. I'm very happy with the design now. Milled all the wood required for the base cabinets, minus the peninsula Rough cut almost all of the plywood pieces for the base cabinets As...

  • Male Restroom Etiquette

    This CG video is pretty funny, and oh so true :)

  • RIP Mabel - August 1996 - September 26, 2006

    Poor Mabel. She really went downhill since her November 2005 surgery (pictured below) when she had those tumors removed. We'll all miss her. 

  • Baby's so cute, he causes car accidents

    We were in the parking lot for Annapolis Endodontics today, where Melissa was getting a root canal done (her first, I believe. I'm a veteran <g>). Earlier, Ben had been getting all sorts of oohs and ahhs from the ladies behind the counter there. There's something about folks that work at dentist offices as the ladies at our regular dentist go nuts over him too. I won't complain. heh Meli...

  • Oven Cabinet Started

    Over the weekend, I assembled the carcass and face frame for the double oven cabinet for our Thermador C302BS. This was a bit of a one-off cabinet as I had to adhere to manufacturer specs for support and spacing. The cabinet is sized exactly for that oven. You can see from some of the photos below that I used a sandwich of plywood to hold the weight of the oven. A similar support ...

  • Playing with Mr. Hankey

    Ok, I know this is supposed to be some sort of worm or caterpillar, but it just looks too much like some sort of marshmallow cereal Mr. Hankey for me to think of it any other way. Ben doesn't like this toy, but he does giggle when he farts, so there is hope yet ;-)

  • Getting Old

    If being a property tax-paying respectful citizen didn't do it, if having a child didn't make it clear, if realizing I have worked at the same job for ten years didn't make it really obvious... Hearing the remake of Land of Confusion on the radio today sure did.

  • Renovation Update

    Over the July 4th holiday, I managed to get some of the wainscoting installed in Ben's room. I decided to trim the alcove like I am the doors. The trim is primed 4/4" wood, except that on the inside which is unprimed 3/4". I'll paint that soon. Overall, I'm very pleased with the results with the wainscoting and the trim. I finally finished resawing all of that cabinet...

  • Expression June CTP

    EID and the rest of expression are now available in a version that targets the FX 3.0 June CTP.

  • Lightwave to XAML

    Over the past few years, Lightwave has become increasingly more affordable. When I first looked at it seriously for the PC (early versions were on the Amiga as part of Toaster), it was selling for around $1600/license. Now, you can get it for half that, or even less if you own a competing product (like Rhino or 3ds Max) Here's one more reason to look at Lightwave: a Lightwave to XAML converter...

  • Milling it Square

    There's nothing quite like the sound and feeling of wood you have so crisply milled you could cut your finger on the edge. You stack the wood and you get that air-cushioned "clack" sound from two pieces that are so perfectly square and true that they stick to your cast iron saw top due to the suction of the flat face. You mill a bunch of rails so perfectly sized that you can stack and rack...

  • .NET Framework 3.0 June CTP Available

    .NET Framework 3.0 June CTP is now available for download. It includes the RC for Workflow Foundation. I suspect this is the cause of my problems with Expression Interactive Designer. The dates on some of the codec DLLs downloaded by the WinFX Beta 2 install were far newer than Beta 2. Looks like someone needs to work on versioned side-by-side downloads. None of the Expressions tools have bee...

  • Crashing with Expression Interactive Designer May 2006 CTP

    If you are having problems where the EID menus don't drop down, and shortcut keys cause a crash (or opening a .csproj causes a crash) in the design surface assembly, be sure to check out this blog entry. It may help. The problem is related to the image processing DLLs. Unfortunately, that means you have to unwind your installs all the way back to the WinFX package, before fixing them,&nbs...

  • Microsoft Robotics Studio

    Microsoft has teamed up with Lego to create something pretty neat: Microsoft Robotics Studio. It will work with Lego Mindstorms NXT. Key features and benefits of the Microsoft Robotics Studio environment include these: End-to-end robotics development platform. Microsoft Robotics Studio includes a visual programming tool, making it easy to create and debug robot applications. Ro...

  • Stairs Installed

    Not quite finished, but good enough for now. All that's left are some plugs, some fillets (trim under the railing), some trim on the board against the far wall, and the actual finishing. We agreed the finishing can be done later, when it's too hot/rainy/whatever outside to work on my other things. The balusters look fine, but they're actually only primed. Everything will need to be ...

  • How to Install Box Newels

    This is one way to install box newels. The Newels I am using are solid box newels by Coffman Stairs. The procedure can be similar for hollow newels if you block them up inside. However, if you have hollow box newels, you might want to instead look at the cleats that screw to the sides and to the floor. I'm using the L. J. Smith Sure-Tite Newel Fastening System, picked up from eith...

  • Balcony Rail Started

    I have one section of the balcony railing and balusters installed. The balusters are the longer ones I purchased from the person on eBay. The primer on them is almost like plastic, so the trim nails slid off of them if shot at too steep an angle. That meant I had to install the nails on the visible faces (instead of between balusters), where I could shoot at a more shallow angle. I'll have ...