Baby Closet Shelves

We’ve been collecting loads of baby stuff as Luciana gets closer to her due date. In an effort to keep things organized, we decided that I should build some closet shelves so there’s a place to put all the baby things.

I didn’t want to make any permanent changes to the closet, since as the baby grows up, they might want to hang things instead of stuff things in boxes. I designed some real basic units that matched the woodland-creature-theme of the room and still cost less than buying a ready-made product.

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Outdoor Table-Workbench

We had some folks come over last month for a grill-out, and didn’t have nearly enough seating to accommodate everyone. I decided to build and quick and dirty treated-lumber table that could double as a workbench.

I ended up running out to the hardware store an hour before people were coming over and finished fashioning the top together with recessed lag screws just in time. It was propped up on two saw horses and was garnished with a table cloth. It worked great!

To fulfill its role as a workbench, I thought I’d try to make the legs adjustable, so it can be table height for guests or standing height for working.

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Outdoor Planter

Our patio has seemed bare, so I built a raised planter for the patio. I ultimately ended up going with treated pine lumber, since it was vastly cheaper than cedar. I’m not too concerned about possible chemical leakage since I lined it with plastic anyway.

Some techniques I thought I would experiment with:

  • Mortise/Dado joints – I thought I’d try my hand at chiseling some dados to add stability to the planter.
  • Routing – I got a cheapie router and router table, thought I would give it a try for slotting the bottom tracks.

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First Cuttingboard

Woodworking has always somewhat interested me, but always seemed cost-prohibitive to get into. Luciana hasn’t thought of me as being terribly handy. In my defense, we’ve only owned our home for a few years, so there hasn’t been much to do. To better myself, I decided to see if woodworking was a skill I could develop.

To start off, I decided to see if I had the patience to laminate some basic 1x2s (oak, maple, and mahogany) into something that resembles a cutting board. I figure, if I couldn’t do that, I wouldn’t bother investing time and money in it.

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Umbraco and Mono: Can it be done?

Recently, I’ve been dreaming about writing a next-generation .NET content management system (CMS). The CMS would incorporate a great feature set that my, as well as a ton of other organizations, would require out of a great CMS. After creating a project plan and set of documents, a friend of mine referred me to Umbraco, an open-source .NET content management system that claims to be as flexible as what I had imagined my CMS to be. My ambition for starting a brand-new project subsided since Umbraco incorporates a great number of the features I required. However, the main feature that my CMS had was platform independence. Umbraco, in its current state, is not ready. Neither is Mono. This article explains why. Continue reading “Umbraco and Mono: Can it be done?”