Sunday, 27 January 2013

Bike Shed Issues

Something I've long since suspected and now discovered that there is a law for:

"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

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Shoe Rack, stained and drying

I finally made time to stain the shoe rack that I've been building over the last month. It took about an hour and a half to stain. It turns out that staining is really hard to do well. I used a gel stain - 'Cherry Wood'. The manufacturer recommended applying liberally, however I found this just encouraged dripping and unsightly corners and edges. I used a brush to gradually apply the stain, re-brushing after a couple of minutes to even out the stain.

I spent a lot of time sanding to 220 grit before I started, but I think I could probably have gone a little further. I also could have been a little more even with the sanding - I'm pretty sure that is the cause of most of the blotches left after staining. 

I knew staining would show up my mistakes, I just didn't realise how many mistakes I'd made! Fortunately most of the mistakes are in hard to see places and the end result, observed from the proper distance is pretty acceptable.

I will write another post once it is dry and set up in its new home in the closet!

On to the next project - jointing and planing my own lumber from rough lumber.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Mail a Moose

This has to be the best novelty postcard ever. I found it on sale at a great second hand book store in North Calgary called Cabin Fever Books. Friends and family be on the look out for Canadian wildlife appearing in a postbox near you...

The company that makes these is called Green Banana Cards. Check out their store on Etsy