Drilling apples

My greatest culinary innovation of the year: coring apples with a 1-1/4″ Forstner bit on an electric drill.
I have just revolutionized apple coring. In my kitchen at least.

Please note, this is a pretty new bit and I cleaned it with soap and water first. And then served apple crisp to our friends last night.
And nobody has died. So, if that’s reassuring enough for you, go for it!
If not, please don’t.



Cord Wrapping Method of the Gods

Oh how total is theĀ pain and suffering of coiling a long extension cord for storage, only to have it twist and snag and tangle upon uncoiling for later use. I have a 100′ long power cord that I often dread using for this reason.

Please, then, understand my utter joy and excitement upon learning this superior method as taught by Dirt Farmer Jay.

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Thanks, Dirt Farmer Jay!

Estate sale haulĀ 

Burbank garages are full of great old stuff. 

Pratt & Whitney end mills

Mine Safety Appliances Co. safety harness


Lyon steel lockers


Dayton Electric metal cutting shears


General Electric DC volt meter


Scout stapler


Trombero Carlson powered handsets


yet another hammer


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.



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.


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.



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.


Mirror hang


Finally decided to hang the full-length mirror on the closet door today. So I grabbed a bag of tools.


Marked and drilled some holes.


Made some sawdust. Or whatever you call MDF spirals.


Realized the depth of the mounting brackets was too deep and would need some double-stick tape padding.

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