August 4th, 2014

dara

meme time!

Pick up the book nearest to you and turn to page 45. The first sentence explains your love life.

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"Ryn and I collaborated on this illustration of Korra chasing some triad members through the city."

...I can kinda see that.

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Finally _actually_ finished.



Okay, now I'm actually done. I made the mini-counter/cabinet/appliance divider this morning, once the stove arrived. It has thin vertical storage under it, good for things like cookie sheets and the like, but really, it's more about not being wodged against the fridge any more than necessary while cooking. And about having a place to put down the salt.



I should probably have added a towel hook too, thinking on it. Oh well, that’s easy to add later.

There are a couple of assembly points on the cabinet that aren't entirely what they could be, which is what happens when you design+build in two hours. I've got them glued and held in place by tape serving as temporary clamps. If that holds up - yay! If not, I can tack it properly later. Mostly, particularly in one case, it was just not thinking of it until it was already in the house and not wanting to yank it all back out again. (Even though it does just slide in and out...)



I've got some construction pics, too; I'll post those later.

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How the mini-cabinet was built

This is how the mini-cabinet is built, seen almost completed. Some design considerations were driven by using only material I had on hand. There was just enough length in the remaining top-access custom cabinet in the corner (the one the microwave sits on) to do the countertop and shelf here, which was really convenient. The legs are oiled with mineral oil, like cutting boards are.



The above picture is seen from the bottom of the cabinet, essentially; the legs are pointed towards you. One leg has not yet been attached, but I presume its attachment is obvious.

The reinforcement rail on the underside of the countertop is actually from the Ikea table that I bought to use as a countertop. That rail is now returned to service in its original design intent, albeit in an entirely different location. The lower reinforcement rail is from the same plank as the front legs - it was the remainder of that board, more or less. You can also see the metal strapping; the screws are brass.

Major attachment points are either screwed in or nailed-and-glued. In a couple of cases I used screws and glue, and in one place, glue only, because tacking wasn't practical; it was a last-minute addition. It has tape with the glue, acting as a clamp for overnight. If it fails, I can tack it down and re-glue it and it will be fine. (It's not really structural, just cosmetic.)



There's only one intrinsic sidewall in this cabinet. That's because the other wall would be flat against the oven, and that struck me as Bad Idea Bingo. I'm worrying needlessly, but still. Also, I didn't have any other quarter-inch A/A-grade plywood, and, as above: this is a build using only existing materials.

Still, for a two-hour cabinet-bash, I think it came out well.



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