So Tomorrow Came and Went

And this was all I got done…

They needed to be filled, sanded and painted.

But oddly enough I just didn’t feel like spending the weekend wearing a mask.

So here’s where they’ll sit
While the days, they will pass by
And I breath easy

A Sunday Roast


I finally got serious about booties for my vertical smoker stand. I was tired of looking at the flat wedges I was using to level it.

Water on the Smoke

I was burning some mesquite but I built the two fires in the in the side smoker/grill, and turned on the gas burners to cure the grill after a second soak of Canola oil.

It hasn’t rained in about ten weeks but here it is, our April Shower!

Sound up to hear nature sizzlin.

Upgrade for a Cheap Desk

A little less than a year ago, Tammy’s workplace started setting up almost all of their staff so they could work from home

We didn’t have a home office workspace for her at the time so we ran out and bought a small, cheap desk and put it in the master bedroom.

She brought home a small form factor HP CPU, two monitors, mouse, keyboard, and headset. As you can see the desk is a bit small for all of that plus a notepad, drinks and snacks. Additionally, @ 31″ in height, the top of the desk was a bit too high for Tammy to comfortably use a mouse and keyboard. Essentially her feet didn’t touch the ground if she adjusted her chair to a comfortable height for the keyboard and mouse.

Tammy finally found a keyboard/mouse tray attachment she liked, It’s adjustable so she can stand or sit and it frees up a tone of space on the desktop for more snacks and tchotchkes.

This thing is massive and weighs over 20lbs. It’s actually designed to mount directly under the desktop.

However that couldn’t be done with Tammy’s desk, it had to be mounted almost 4″ lower than the desktop. Fortunately with its range of motion it is still high enough for Tammy to stand while using it.
The desk is only 20″ in depth but the mount for the tray is 24″ and the wood screws they included for mounting it would have blown through the bottom shelf of the desk so I added a 1/4″ thick layer of MDF and a 3/4″ oak extension to the back of the desk so the full length of the mounting bracket was covered.
Even with the 4″ extension the arm would slide another three inches past it to fully retract the keyboard tray so I had to add a stop to it to keep it from banging into the wall.

It took about an hour to get it mounted and put back together this morning but she likes it so far. We’ll see on Monday when she has to work at it all day on Monday.

Floating in Spiced Wine

Yesterday, Saturday morning, Tammy asked me to make a “Floating Frame” for one of her 36″x 48″ x 3/4″ paintings. I made the frame so the painting would have a strong 1/8″ border to float in and would be recessed by about the same.

I bought more 8 foot lengths of the 2-1/2″ x 3/4″ primed white stock.

Then I fired up my Bonamassa Pandora station and got busy.

I ripped some of it in half for the inner frame and mounted it an inch back from the front of the frame using glue and 1-1/8′ brads.

I drilled some over-sized holes through the frame and ran some 1-1/4″ screws from the back into the frame of the canvas.
So here is Oh in its new “Spiced Wine” floating frame:

"Oh" mounted in a floating frame

I’ll hang it tomorrow, it’s Miller time.

Ok, so it was a week later but it’s hung now.

Easter Ribs with Applewood

20″x 10″ rack of pork ribs $8

I did not want to make a mess mopping on this first rib smoke so…

I was gong to try wrapping the ribs and putting them back in the racks.

I should have wrapped the ribs at this point.

I forgot.

Still very juicy, Applewood Smoked Pork Ribs
Red, White and Blue Potato Salad
Roasted Corn with Ancho Chile, Lime Juice and Cotija Cheese
BBQ sauce on the side

Time for an Old Smoker!

I should have done a better job of maintaining my side-smoker/grill

An hour with the $6 wire brush in a high speed drill.Forney 72732 Wire Cup Brush, Fine Crimped with 1/4-Inch Hex Shank, 3-Inch-by-.008-Inch

Five minutes with $1.53 can of spray Spray Canola Oil

I bought a can of high temp black paint but I’m not sure I want to use it.
I’m hoping I won’t need it. I just need to do a better job maintaining it.