More pictures to follow later
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Friday, 27 September 2013
Sunday, 25 August 2013
After several months of struggling with this project I finally completed the assembly and finishing of these floor vent covers.
They are red oak with a varethane transparent gloss finish.
I learned quite a lot from the build but it wasnt really much fun. Mass production is tedious.
Here are sompe pictures of the final assembly and the finished articles. Plastic grills fit into the holes in the front to redirect the hot air into the room.
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Sunday, 11 August 2013
OK, so I lied. SUP is actually a type of surfing in which you use a long paddle and a larger than normal surf board to explore the water. The boards are huge and surprisingly stable. Its a fun sport because its quick to learn and doesn't have to be too strenuous.
Here are some pictures from our watery adventures:
Paddle boards provided by Surf's Up Calgary at Lake Chestermere, AB, Canada
Friday, 29 March 2013
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Its a bit pony because its the first time we've done this. The joint is snug and only a few degrees off of square! The most import thing was that it took almost no time to make and involved lots of noise, sawdust and sharp spinning things. The router is my new favourite power tool.
The top board is Cherry and the bottom one is Red Oak. A step up from pine...
Here is what I learned while making this:
- Bowed lumber, even if only slightly bowed, is a nightmare to work with. Unfortunately my jointer can only accommodate lumber up to 5.5" wide, so no use for this project
- My chisels are not sharp enough
- Portable belt sanders are angry tools. I need to bulk up so I can actually control the thing
- Polyurethane should be applied sparingly and sanded between applications. My first two coats were far too thick and the finish was rough and drippy. The third coat was just thick enough to cover the earlier blemishes but light enough to leave a drip free and very smooth surface.
Saturday, 2 March 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Sunday, 27 January 2013
"The boundless creativity of politicians and bureaucrats to develop new and more complex regulation is bounded only by the bureaucracy's inability to implement them. The absolute size of the bureaucracy is constrained by external factors, so the only effect of automation can be to increase bureaucratic complexity."
Why it is Important that Software Projects Fail, 2008, Dr A Berglas
And on a similar theme, Parkinson's Law of Triviality:
The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved."Parkinson's law of triviality - Wikipedia