Friday, November 14, 2008

A day off and some errands around the house...

My wife had been asking for a coat rack by the back door. I took a piece of cherry, cut it to size, planed the corners and then put a little linseed oil on it. The hooks are solid brass and only a couple of bucks each from the hardware store.

Update: What pleased me the most about this project was that it took so little time and yet the result was pretty good. Not counting the time spent to go to the hardware store, (It wouldn't be fair to count the time picking up the hooks since I got three other things there, had a haircut next door and visited the package store across the street), the whole project was maybe 45 minutes and even if I bought a coat rack I would have still spent 20-30 minutes mounting it.

How is this thing mounted to the wall? Hint, it is not attached from the back like a picture frame.

I used anchor bolts...Mounted from under the hooks. I just counter-sunk the heads so that the hook flanges could still be flush mounted.

I organized the pot-lids with eye-hook screws.

My thumb does not have a nasty scab on it. That is a rust mark on the lid. You can tell because the "scab" is only on the reflection.

Now that I see these pictures, I think that the inside of the cabinets need to be painted.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A fun game and it teaches physics too


Just click on the link to play...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Great movie, loved it, but this is not a movie review. I just wanted to point to something which troubled me throughout the film.

In the late great TV series Arrested Development Michael Cera and Jason Bateman play son and father and are the center of the story. In this film, the actors are both in it and yet are never in a scene together. It just gave an odd feeling, like will they meet? How will they interact if/when they do?

It gave the same feeling one might get when two of the actors in a film are married in real life.

Sunday Marathon Training

The five towns are: Chelmsford, Carlisle, Concord, Acton & Westford.