An Open Pantry

Open Pantry My daughter and son-in-law recently bought a older house, and one of the things it was missing was a pantry. They decided that they wanted to build an “open” pantry in an open space between the cabinets and the corner of the room. I really enjoyed spending the day with them building a…

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We Love Our Coffee

We Love Our Coffee One of life’s little pleasures is a smooth-tasting cup of hot coffee in the morning. In our kitchen, we had a couple of cantilevered shelves hanging above our coffee maker, and they were just not up to the task of holding all our mugs and related stuff. It was time to…

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“Crate” Soap and Product Displays

I wanted some ideas for product displays using inexpensive wood crates as a basis. A few months ago, I made a tabletop display rack to hold bars of soap. This was pretty handy, but really wasn’t big enough to hold the entire product line. It was adapted from the same soap shelves I made for the…

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Mentors

I’ve had a number of mentors over the years, and they’ve all had a significant impact on me. As I mentor folks now, and think back on the mentors I’ve had, I really appreciate all that I have learned from them. When I was in college, I worked as a co-op student for a couple…

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A New SOHO Server

For the last few years, we’ve been backing up our laptops to network storage devices at home. We’ve used several brands of devices with varying levels of success and reliability. A couple of years ago, we lost one of a pair of mirrored drives in our RAID network storage server, and then had problems retrieving…

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DIY Laptop Stand

I use both a macbook and a windows laptop, and usually at home they are docked to a widescreen monitor at my desk. While that setup works pretty well, once you get a keyboard and mouse on the desk, there’s no space left. To solve that problem with my macbook, I bought a nice aluminum…

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A 1TB Raspberry Pi?

If you’ve never heard of a Raspberry Pi, the title of this post may not mean much to you, so I’ll explain – the Raspberry Pi is a small computer about the size of a deck of cards. It’s powered by a USB charger, and the model in the photos is the latest version, a…

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A Smarter Thermostat – Part 1

A few years back, I made a conscious effort to be “greener”. Maybe it was getting a little older (let’s call it “mature”) or it could have been all the yoga I was doing (yes, I’m a yogi, it’s true…) but something in me changed and I decided to do my part to use less…

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Soap Display Rack

We were pleased to participate in Southern Makers again this year, and like last time, we used the event as an opportunity to develop something new and “up our game”. One of the new things we made for the event is a stand-alone soap display rack. Since building it, we have made a few “tweaks”,…

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Round Soap Molds

Iron City Trading sells a lot of soap, which means we get to make a lot of soap. When I say we, it’s mostly my wife. She researches the oil blends, calculates the recipe, and makes the product. We wanted to make some round soaps, so I made molds using 3″ PVC drain pipe. It…

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Giant Party Game

The Project For last new years eve, we visited my brother and his wife, who live about four hours’ drive from us. We had a great time celebrating with them, and my brother and I enjoyed spending time together working on this project. They were hosting a party at their home the following week, and…

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