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New Shoes Prototype

I have a favorite pair of shoes that I like because they fit well, and they are made from a funky leather that you don’t find every day. I bought them in Prague from some shoe discounter¬†fifteen years ago; but only started wearing them five years ago. I wore them until the soles had worn…

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Animating the stencil ‘How-To’

Spent a bunch of time this weekend trying to work out how to show the stenciling process using an animation of the user’s uploaded stencil. Here’s what I have so far: This is a pretty large file, and it will take a long time to load, but I should be able to reduce the size…

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SoundSalad: No Focus Group Required

My dad and I are both into sounds. I’ve never gotten heavily into video because it’s extremely expensive to produce good quality video; it’s hard to preview it; and it’s a real burden to watch video that is produced by amateurs. Sound is something else. Sound takes you back–sound helps you make sense of your…

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House Beautiful?

As soon as the standing work table was together, I immediately sketched three new things that I wanted to make right away. One of them was an answer to a problem I’ve been having for a long time. Like most folks,¬† I’ve tried a half dozen different types of compact flourescents and have never found…

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Stand Up and Work: Part 4

Got a little lively with the standing desk / table this weekend. Dark walnut stain: I like the ashy dark bown of it. I went ahead and stained the upper surfaces too–there’s enough variation in the dining room already.

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Things you Forget

I had started with a design on paper, with a few dimensions and a sketch of how it goes together: I knew I wanted the table top to be 32 inches across at its widest point, and I felt that this would fit easily through the doors of my apartment. Tables have the special quality…

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Stand Up and Work: Part 3

So after we did the cad, cutting, drilling and basic sanding at TechShop, we took the pieces home and I started fitting them together. This was my first time out with wood glue, and the three-legged construction doesn’t exactly lend itself to a standard clamp setup. So I use a bunch of exercise bands and…

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Parts List for new Standing Desk

Parts list for standing desk: Two 36-inch pine table top rounds (pine: $40 each) Four palette 3×3’s (Doug fir, $1 each or free if you ask nice) 1-inch thick pine plank two 3/8-inch dowels wood glue We got all this in one go at Builder’s Supply Hardware. I expected to have to go back for…

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Standing Up

Flex. Squirm. Hunch. Squirm. Stretch. Repeat. That was me for the last five years, working at my dining room table, sitting on a bench or a chair. My old Herman Miller chair moulders in the basement: I can’t seem to bring that bit of consulting-era industrial sitting-down-ness into my living space right now. So, on…