Chair repair

May 30, 2019Dan No Comments »

We were entertaining a few people last weekend, and I took the opportunity to sturdy up some of our chairs that had been falling apart.

These old chairs did not cost me much, but I kinda like their style and weight, and they are (normally) pretty sturdy. However, a few years of use and neglect in my ownership have taken their toll.

A favorite tool in [my] furniture repair game is gorilla glue. When used according to the instructions, it foams up nicely, and fills in gaps and spaces with a sticky, durable adhesive. I find it works great on old furniture.

New to the arsenal, are torx drive finishing screws. This is my first time using them, but it’s my hope and belief that using them in conjunction with the gorilla glue will keep my chairs together and un-wobbly for many years to come.

In the future, I’d like to try injecting gorilla glue into the seams (that have not fully separated) using some kind of syringe. Maybe I’ll add that to the arsenal and technique for next time.

Paying the time debt

April 30, 2019Dan No Comments »
How much time do I really have?

Just a short one tonight. I’ve been working on my schedule a bit, to see just how much time I really have for projects, movies, games/recreation – it’s really not a lot! Especially once you factor in some daily meal prep/dishes, a walk with the dog, free time for other pursuits is seriously crunched.

I’ll leave you with this other time visualization post that I thought was insightful:

Time debt

April 29, 2019Dan No Comments »

Recently I’ve been thinking about organization of life and free time, and all the projects I’d like to complete…and how many I actually have time to complete.

Garage workbench…oh it looks so bad

Take the current state of my workbench, pictured above, as a case study. Bits and pieces of projects and tasks to complete, spanning nearly every imaginable category, and even going back several years. Some of this stuff was placed here shortly after I built the workbench, and hasn’t got any attention since.

A friend of mine made a very keen observation after I commented on his extremely clean, spick-and-span work area – he finds he doesn’t have the motivation to work on anything, if he has to clean up the work area first. So he makes a point to work on 1 project at a time, and to clean things up when he’s done.

I think I might suffer from the same problem – lacking motivation to get started on anything, because I need to push through a pile of incomplete pieces and parts before I can work on anything. I’m making a point to turn this around. Related, I found this blog post over on hackaday to be pretty on point: Make the time to fix your Time Debt