The Big Think

October 23, 2008

Insanely Fast

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 2:47 pm

and just plain insane.

Can’t believe it’s been more than a decade since the ThrustSSC broke the sound barrier on land.

Ent Cent

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 2:07 pm

I’ve reached a major milestone on the entertainment center. After 8 hours of doing the final finish on the main cabinet I decided the time had come to move it inside! I spent a lot of time wiring it up and making everything ship shape. I also put the old entertainment center (and I use that term loosely) out to pasture. Or, more precisely, out on the curb with a big old “FREE” sign on it. It was gone within an hour, thank goodness. I do have to say, though, that the $15 I paid for it back in 1997 wasn’t a bad deal at all.

So how does the new one look in the living room? In a word: awesome. I still have to finish the tops and work on the front face frame and all of the doors, but the thing has presence. It looks so much better than the old particleboard and cheap, chipping laminate of the old one. It’s a great color and texture and, since I designed it to fit the whole room by modeling it (and the room) in SketchUp, it fits the space exactly.

Once it was in I sat back an had a sort of existential moment of “holy cow, I made that“. It’s a feeling that all woodworkers (all creative people, really) get when we see the fruits of our labor in the proper setting. I never get tired of it.

I want to post pictures of it, but not until I finish the tops and get the doors attached. Then you’ll get to see it. I think I’m going to submit a picture to some of the woodworking magazines as well and see if I can’t get it published. Home stretch! It’ll probably be done before Thanksgiving.

Total time (I didn’t post a few days in there) is 165 hours.

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