Spoon Carving

Blog, Woodworking

At my last job I had a coworker who was the kind of person to know interesting people because she could be considered an interesting person herself. The kind of people who don’t sit in office chairs all day and instead work by their own rules on their own time making their own way. She […]

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Basement Ceiling Drywall

Basement, Blog, Home

In our ongoing quest to have a finished basement, Ellie and I just reached a major milestone. The drywall in the basement has all been hung. It has been a long journey, but maybe it shouldn’t have been. We started this whole thing on a bit of a whim back in March. A pile of […]

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Preserving and Canning

Blog, Home, Kitchen

I always thought my family was a bit different than the families of my friends. The traditions we kept, I just assumed they were ours. At times, I was embarrassed by them or didn’t know how to explain them. I figured other people would think the traditions were weird. Little did I know, more people […]

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Basement Ceiling Loose Ends

Basement, Blog, Home

We started the basement finishing project back in March, I believe. Since then, we’ve had fits and starts when it came to getting things done. Some of the reason for that is that we were doing things we didn’t really know how to do and had to learn as we go. Other reasons include health […]

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Craftsman Table Saw

Blog

If I haven’t already made this clear in previous posts, I’m not a rich man. I never have been though someday I hope to be more comfortable with my finances than I am now. Because of this, I sometimes need to be creative when I’m looking to get something new. I don’t think the things […]

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Anniversary


Basement, Blog, Home, Living Room, Woodworking

It’s been two years since Ellie and I tied the knot. We did many things in that time and learned and grew as a couple. She is a wonderful woman who I wouldn’t wish to spend a day without.  So how do you commemorate two years of marriage. I heard somewhere that the second anniversary […]

September 5, 2018

ShopSmith II


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I like to think karma affects me. I like the concept that if you do good things, good things happen and vice versa. It keeps me honest. Sometimes the good things that happen aren’t directly related, but with a big enough pencil I can connect the dots. Nearly a year ago I was walking on […]

August 29, 2018

Plywood Phone Holder


Blog, Office, Woodworking

I like large, complex projects. There are many facets to them and I often learn or practice a whole host of skills to complete them. Once they’re done, I have this satisfying statement of a finished product.  Sometimes, however, it’s good to work on a small scale. It helps me focus on the details. I […]

August 22, 2018

Sealing the Driveway


Blog, Home, Outside

When we bought our house, the driveway was sorely in need of an update. The blacktop was pitted and crumbling. It was clearly neglected for quite some years. I checked back on Google Street view and found that the driveway looked the same both in 2007 and 2011. I’m not sure if it had been […]

August 15, 2018

Hanging Drywall in Basement


Basement, Blog, Home

In the ongoing saga of finishing half of our basement, we’ve been making slow progress. So far, Ellie and I have bought the bulk of the materials, and we have insulated two of the rooms. After insulation, the logical next step is to hang the drywall. Hanging drywall in the basement is not a particularly […]

August 8, 2018

Who Paints a Sink?


Bathroom, Blog, Home, Woodworking

The previous owner of our house, that’s who. I guess the real question is, “Why would someone paint a sink?” That is an answer I don’t think I will ever have, but I do know what to do about it. Start from scratch. It kind of all started from that, a sink that was painted […]

August 1, 2018

A CNC


Basement, Blog, Woodworking

I have wanted a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router for years. The problem, however, is that a CNC is very expensive and only recently have they come down in price but even at that lower price, they’re still out of my range. For a while, I was looking at the cheapest CNCs on the market, […]

July 25, 2018

Basement Insulation


Basement, Blog, Home

Do you ever think to yourself, “Well I might as well, before it’s too late”? That’s what Ellie and I thought before we started hanging the pile of drywall we bought. We might as well insulate the basement walls, before it was too late and they were covered in drywall forever. When we bought the […]

July 18, 2018

Tool Cubbies


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I am a slob. I always have been and there have been more than a handful of people who have tried to train it out of me. Some of it has helped, but my natural state is to live in a mess of organized chaos. I know where things are, even if to the average […]

July 11, 2018

Kvass


Blog, Peace Corps, Recipes

Let’s take a few steps backward and talk about Peace Corps, it’s been a while and I’m feeling nostalgic. If we go back six years, I would be in the summer of my second year in Ukraine. Likely packing for baseball camp in Khmelnitsky or Camp Excite somewhere in Sumska Oblast. My days would be […]

July 4, 2018