Thursday, November 7, 2013

Adjustable child's bench

DSC_8114.JPGMy son has been attending cello lessons for a couple of years now, and one thing that kids his age end up needing is a bench whose height can be adjusted as they grow older. The bench's characteristics are simple:  When the kid is sitting, his/her feet must reside flat on the ground There has to be a way to hook an end-point holder (a piece of wood on which the cello's tip resides; used when playing on slippery surfaces) to the bottom. Other than those two, imagination is the limit. The style I used for this cello is not of my invention; it's quite common, and I saw it used on several benches that other kids in his class had. The only differences I made with his are that it is wider (19" instead of the approximate 12" I saw everywhere), and I used dove tails to hold the top and sides together (I don't remember seeing them used on other benches I saw).

This instructable shows all the materials, tools and steps I followed to make the bench, but it could all very easily be adapted to building other items. The bench used three interesting techniques that are worth mentioning here: Dove tails - they offer very high strength union for parts that are connecting at 90 degrees. Commonly used on drawers and chests, they can be made fully visible on both ends (like with this bench), or only visible on one end and not the other (I think that one is call a half dove tail). Mine were made entirely by hand, but if you're mass producing these things and looking for efficiency you should switch to using a router with a dove tail guide. Mortise and tenon - another high strength technique for attaching pieces. This was used for the quarter-round supports under the bench, and involve having one piece fit partially (but very tightly) into another. For the bench, the supports' entire top and side fit into the seat and leg (respectively) of the bench, and the union is practically invisible. Glue only. No nails or screws were used to assemble the top and the the legs it connects to. The adjustable legs on the outside of the bench are held on by simple bolts and wing nuts. DSC_7938.JPGThe material of choice in this case is obviously wood. But there are several kinds, and choosing the right one depends on several factors like the wood's beauty, the cost, the ease of working it, etc.

In my case I knew I wanted to experiment with dove tails and mortise and tenon techniques, so I didn't want to buy really expensive woods only to see them get trashed. I ended up choosing pine to work with, and actually got lucky with the pricing too. It turns out that planks of pine that are knot free are more expensive (probably because that wood is stronger), but the knots are what would give the bench more character and beauty (in my opinion, at least), so the cheaper wood was actually exactly what I wanted. I ended up using two 8 foot lengths of 1"x10" (which cost about $12 each), but I think you could get all the material from just one board. I used two because I messed up one of the legs and also wanted more pieces with knots in them.

Once everything was finished I was able to stain and varnish the piece so the colouring can really be played with a bit at that point. The wood can probably be made to look like any type of wood (with the right type of stain), and the only thing to keep in mind after this is the softness of the material and how easily it can get scratched and dinged. Pine is a relatively soft type of wood (i.e. a 2x4 won't bend, but you can mark it with your fingernail), but given that this piece of furniture is going to be used by an 8 year old I figured it's going to happen anyway so there's no use using something really expensive.

As for tools, you need several clamps (especially tabletop clamps which will be useful when cutting the dove tails), a roughing planer, chisels, files, exacto knife, wood glue, jigsaw, regular saw and a coping saw. You will also find a mitre saw quite handy, as well as some sanding blocks, files, and the usual hand tools.

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How to Make Indian Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Potatoes, and Pistachios

Indian pizza, in my mind, trumps nearly every other flavour out there. I think it's the combination of complexly flavoured spices and tastes found in Indian food, but with the bread and cheese combo that is perfect on pizza.  

Sadly, this winning combination seems to be scarcely available outside of California, so, during my years in Massachusetts, I started making my own.

This recipe is based on those by Shari from My Fancy Pantry and Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen. I highly recommend both of these blogs, so please go and check them out!

You will need:

- a oven and stovetop
- several bowls
- a frying pan
- a wooden spoon
- a pizza pan
- a good sharp knife and cutting board
- a rolling pin
- a food brush (optional, but definitely useful)

- 1 medium size onion
- 2 small yukon gold or purple potatoes
- pistachios
- honey
- cilantro
- garlic
- olive oil, hot pepper flavoured if available
- pizza dough, or ingredients to make such
- a soft, easily meltable cheese: I recommend fontina, preferably smoked if you can find it
- paneer (optional, but delicious. See my other instructable for how to make your own flavoured paneer)
- Indian spices: I used garam masala, paprika, tumeric, cardamom, cumin, coriander, cloves, and vadavan spice blend

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The Photoline - an easy way to display your photos

photoline_(21_of_21).jpgThe Photoline is a simple but effective way of displaying your printed pictures. Photos can be easily added or removed just by pegging them onto string or wire that runs between 2 pieces of timber.

The whole thing can be attached to the wall using 3M picture hanging velcro strips so there's no damage to the wall.

photoline_(5_of_21).jpgCut 2 identical pieces of timber. Obviously you'll need to think about how many photos you want on each line and how many lines, leaving enough space between photos. This would be the best time to do any painting or finishing of the timber, although I just left mine raw.

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