Mesh strainer repair

Here’s another in my ongoing series: John Repairs Stuff With Sugru.

I bought this colander over twenty years ago, and I am fond of it. The mesh developed a couple of tears in it, so I patched them up. My one regret on this fix is my color choice — out of the corner of my eye it looks like some egg noodles are stuck in there. I may cover them over with a thin layer of red at some point.

Note: Sugru isn’t officially qualified as food safe; please don’t poison yourself and then yell at me.
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Morning Cappuccino

Here’s a look at the morning ritual — grinding beans, dosing the portafilter, tamping, pulling the shot, steaming and pouring milk. Not pictured: drinking this deliciousness.

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Turning a TV set into a bookcase

A friend was moving and thought I may have a use for this broken TV set. Here’s how I turned it into a book shelf.

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I pulled off the back, removed the amplifier and CRT.

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After removing the “gold tone” trim, these retention clips needed to be pulled to free the glass. The bezel is such a gorgeous brown, cream, and patina green. Here Beatrix and I appear on TV.

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I framed it with some 1″ square strips of white oak I had left over from a catapult project, and used some hardware to mount a panel of wood. I pulled that panel from the dumpster at Walt Disney Animation Studios when they were remodeling one of the production pods a few years ago.

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Here’s the finished piece. I left the tuning mechanism in place so you can twist the giant knob on the right and change the number front and center.

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Pizza time

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Cornmeal on peel

 

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Risen dough

 

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Dough on peel

 

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Olive oil

 

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Brush

 

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San Marzano tomatoes squozen of their juices

 

 

 

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Tomatoes on dough

 

 

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Pizza goes onto the stone, under the cast iron pan

 

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Five minutes later, add mozzarella

 

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Regard it respectfully

 

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Slice

 

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Devour

 

 

Steel Side Chair Steal

Got this today for ten dollars: a 1964 steel side chair made by the Harter Corporation in Sturgis, Michigan. It was property of Lockheed-California a division of Lockheed Aircraft here in Burbank.

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I tested out stripping the paint and love the way it looks, so I plan to strip it down to brushed metal and then maybe protect it with clear coat or oil.

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Making a Gourd Shaker

 

My daughter Beatrix and I decided to make a gourd shaker today. The seriously autumnal decorative gourd had dried out on its own between Halloween and today, so all we had to do was drill a hole, pull out the dried guts and seeds using a hook fashioned from a piece of spring steel, fill with rice and dried corn, shave a cork down to size, and hot glue it in place. A really fun project for us both.

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And now, Bea’s first solo gourd shaker performance. The flair move at the end!

Estate Sale Report

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Bolt cutters in collapsed mode

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Bolt cutters ready for action

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Lovely screwdriver

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Broken wrench? Somebody doesn’t take no for an answer. Weld that back up.

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Vlchek open end wrench

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Regular screwdriver, giant hand

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Sweet tape measure

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I will buy every Estwing hammer I run across. This is a 12oz.

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Repaired ballpeen

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Mason hammer