Wednesday, February 23, 2011

the eggling pt. 11

it's been a while since the egglings have made any blog appearances. not to worry they are doing just fine.

rondo is getting too big for his britches, and so i've given him a bit of a crutch to stand on.

ray ray is almost ready for his second harvest, about a month ago i trimmed off all of the large leaves and enjoyed some basil chicken dinner.

soon these guys are going to have to leave the egg and move onto a bigger pot. i just don't want my babies to grow up so fast!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

4 icons pt. 3

round three of 4 icons. hong.

hong has either worn the same i <3 ny shirt for the past 11 years, or he's buys them by the dozen. he lives in san diego.

hong ->
fishing :: i <3 ny :: pokerchips :: tennis

the poker chips probably could have been redone as cards.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

4 icons pt.2

while i decided to do the 4 icon thing for myself, i was talking to a friend online. of course he put together his own 4 icons (which i noted down).

jon ->
wifi :: chucks :: pen & paper :: toaster

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

4 icons

i'm no designer, but i know designers!

one of those designers sent me a link to this 4 icon project someone ( a neato designer) did. i loved the idea so much that i immediately brainstormed what would my 4 icons be.

these were sketched on paper, scanned, vectorized in illustrator, then put together in photoshop. probably a bit of techno overkill but hey, that'd be my 5th icon.

i didn't like how that computer looked, i felt that it was outdated so i removed the tower. i think this makes things look much better.

Friday, February 4, 2011

sofa side table

shortly after designing and buying my custom sofa i noticed a c-shaped table from crate&barrel. it's a great design. the table is just high enough to clear the arm of a sofa, and the c-shape allows the table top to be pulled over the sofa. the $350 price tag quickly deterred me picking one up. "shit, for $350 i can make one of these".

and that's what i did.

i can't take all of the credit, dad is the one who built the wood shop in his home. he also purchased all of the wood. and most importantly provided the beer. it all started with some back and forth sketches.

first step, measure out the wood. there was enough scrap wood to make three tables. two would be made from mahogany, and one from cherry. this includes the feet, legs and arms only. tops will be figured out later.

marking the wood with chalk assures we've accounted for all the pieces we need. remember to measure twice and cut once!

here are the cut pieces for all three tables. can you tell which is the cherry and which are the mahogany?

we decided to use morties and tenon joints. it's a strong yet simple joint, and when done right can be pretty nifty looking. the morties are made with a router.

the tenons are cut on the table saw with a dado blade.

loosely assembled the tables are taking shape.

non load bearing joints were connected with pocket screws

each table was glued and clamped. we used pieces of wood at right angles to assure that the legs and arms were set perpendicular (nobody wants a crooked table).

a close up of the glued joints followed by the two mahogany frames with dry glue all ready to go. time to get these topless tables some tops.

because the table was my concept, i was able to claim the cherry table as my own. and since dad had made a kitchen table with cherry (and this project was using the scrap wood from that project) he was okay with that. the piece on the right is a 1" thick piece of cherry that i wanted to use for the top. i would re-saw the piece, resulting in two 1/2" thick pieces. then those two pieces would be book-matched. dad had created the left most piece while learning to veneer. this is 4 pieces of sequentially cut walnut veneer pieces on a piece of mdf. the third table was initially going to use part of the large center piece, which was also a veneering piece my dad created earlier. we later scrapped that idea.

dad made a frame out of walnut. he then used a router to carve out a groove where the walnut veneer piece will sit. the knot will be filled in with clear epoxy come finishing time.

my re-sawn and book-matched cherry top was then glued to a piece of plywood for added strength and rigidity. the bag is attached to a vacuum that sucks the air out, applying uniform pressure for a perfect glue. the white board underneath is grooved so that no air pockets form. air pockets could infect our perfect glue job.

a solid cherry frame was glued to the edge of my cherry top. thumbs up was given.

the two table tops sitting atop their respective frames. at this point everything fits and the final dimensions are to the specs we designed for. if you're wondering about the third table, don't worry it got a top too.

the tables were sanded and finished. unfortunately i wasn't able to partake in this process i had to go back home. but i must say, mom did a fantastic job with the finish! when the table was complete they shipped it to me.

please, have a seat! chips and salsa anyone?
[notice the coaster underneath the salsa]

Thursday, February 3, 2011

eaters and tasters

everyone claims that they love to eat. i've heard almost every person i know get overly excited at some point in time about food. but do they really "love to eat"?

i've come to the conclusion that most people do not necessarily love to eat. they do however, love to taste.

what's the difference between "likes to eat" and "likes to taste"? it seems there's a fine line between the two, yet i have noticed quite a number of differences myself.

the people who like to taste can't remember the last time they ate till they were obscenely full. they love great flavors, but don't love the ritual of gobbling down food until no further eating can possibly be done. they taste the flavors and when they approach full, they stop. perhaps they stop when they're 75% full because they know that in 10-15 mins they'll feel full. i can't tell you exactly how this happens as i don't consider myself a taster, i love to eat.

which brings us to those who love to eat. these folks can be eating a plate full of many different beautiful flavors, or one heaping mound of the same pseudo bland dish. given no consequences these people will eat until exhaustion in either scenario. they like flavors and delicious delicacies just as much as those who love to taste, but above and beyond that they love to eat. they'll eat till they're 100% full, only to later realize that they are actually 120% full (usually happens 10mins later) and have to unbutton the top button of their now tight pants.

you can distinguish the two types rather easily. those who love to eat normally eat very fast, as they aren't savoring the flavor of each bite because their pleasure comes from getting food in their belly. furthermore people who love to eat will often times get frustrated at those fancy places where the entrees look very pretty, yet are hardly big enough to properly nourish a 6 year old. in fact, i'm almost positive that it was a person who loved to eat that came up with the concept of buffets and all-you-can-eat menus.

do you love to eat? or do you love to taste?