I did pretty well last week, posting every day. This week has been less good. I’ve been playing around with both my microphone and camera set-ups in anticipation of getting back to the podcasting and video posting. Nothing on either front yet, but I’m working on it. Next week is the last week of the semester, so I should be switching gears here shortly.

Amazon image of Kreg Shelf Pin Jig

Tonight, I was working on the basement shelving. Class was canceled, so I had a free night. I had an opportunity to use my new Kreg Shelf Pin Jig and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty slick, easy to use, and really quick. I would recommend it to anyone thinking about getting one. I like the idea behind all the Kreg stuff, but I have to admit that all that blue plastic really turns me off. Because of this I always hesitate to pick up their stuff.

crazy man pointing at a cat

Yes, I know. Somethings should just not be put on the internet… I blame Google Photos Assistant for making these silly things. Later.

So we picked up a cat tree for our cat. The brown is not quite the color it appeared to be in the ad, but it’s pet furniture and my other choices were white, black, and blue. Brown seemed like the best choice.
She likes the rope. She likes the top perch. But the hammock, the tube, the ladder, basically everything else, are things she’s not diggin’. And what’s with the hole to get to the hammock, that basically ruins that whole level. She just likes to be up high. Which makes my latest addition to my office a potential problem.
I know I said no new projects, but the office is an old project that just isn’t done… right? Anyway, I redid the right side of the desk. I tore off the desktop and built a new one that is longer and will allow for me to turn and work on that side of the desk if I so choose. Originally, my thinking was to mount the screens to the wall, but after some test placement and thinking, that’s probably not going to happen.
 
 
In addition, to the new and improved desk, I added a shelf over the monitors. Mostly, it’s just made up from leftover lumber that I had laying around. It became a bigger project than I intended when I realized that I have one shelving bracket. Not two, not three. One. What good is one bracket? Why would I have this. How could this happen. This is madness. Sorry, I digress. I only had one bracket, so I made up my own. It’s ugly, but it’ll work. This shelf is where the problem with the cat will probably come into play. From the desktop, she can reach the shelf. From the shelf she can reach the honeycomb shelves. There’s a lot of fragile stuff up there. She hasn’t done it yet, but I have a sneaky suspicion she will in the not to distant future.

I also used pocket hole joinery for the first time ever, and I must say that my doubts about the Kreg jig have been allayed. It’s a better made tool than I thought it would be, still plastic, but not cheap plastic. I used it to put in the shelves in the two alcoves above the crafting station and pocket holes were the perfect solution. I think I’ll be using more in the near future as I take on the shelving/entertainment wall in the basement.

Oh, that picture at the top… that’s what happened when I decided to just straighten the garage up.

I was looking for inspiration for a post today and I came up empty.
Killian, our cat, is going in to get fixed tomorrow morning. Shouldn’t that be broken? Whatever, you know what’s going to happen and it’s happening tomorrow. That makes for a terrible post. What else you got?
I have this amusing animation from my Google Photos…. It’s me with an octopus on my head.

not worth the price of admission

No?! Well, I got nothing then.
Nothing.
Come back tomorrow and maybe there will be something more. Later.