3D Printing
Recumbent Tike – Improvements II

If you let an engineer build something and use it, it will get tweaked over time. Now that the new seat is on the trike and I have been riding more, there are some more changes to make: Rear fender Headlight and mount Cyclemeter for my phone and Apple watch along with speed and cadence […]

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Canning
Plum Jam

We have some cherry plum trees that I have grafted larger varieties onto. The yield is highly variable, but this year we have a lot of the smaller plums. So after gorging on plums fo rhte last few weeks, I needed to pick the rest of the plums before they got over-ripe. This yielded about […]

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Biking
Recumbent Trike – New Seat & Improvements

I have had the recumbent trike for a few years now. Returning from a ride and cranking up our steep driveway I heard a cracking noise and with each pedal stroke the seat raised up! Pulling over and checking the welds between the rear fork and longitudinal body tube had cracked. So it was time […]

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House Projects
Garage threshold fix

Our driveway had sunk down in front of the garage doors. In some spots, it was a 2″ rise. This was a trip / fall hazard and did not look good. Most of the driveway is still in good shape, even after 27 years. So, I wanted to try a localized fix rather than re-doing […]

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Woodworking
Dining Table – Completion

Final assembly of the dining table was done in the dining area. It is too big and heavy for Teal and I to move on our own. Assembly “in situ” worked out very well. It is nicer to work on the hardwood floor than on the shop floor and there is more room. The top […]

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Woodworking
Dining Table – Frame and Slides

Some of you may be wondering why there was such a delay in getting to the end. Besides other projects getting in the way, the finishing takes a long time and fills the shop. Finishing schedule: Sand to 220 grit with random orbit and then hand sand 220 grit with the grain to remove any […]

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Cured Meats: Charcuterie
Papa’s Pepperoni

Papa’s pepperoni (or maybe “Paparoni”) is loosely based on a variety of other recipes and adjusted for my taste preference, but it is not too spicy so that Teal and the kids / grandkids will enjoy it as well. I LOVE pepperoni pizza (including cold for breakfast). However, I detest the little pools of grease […]

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Cured Meats: Charcuterie
Drying chamber setup

I was able to purchase a “scratch and dent” wine fridge (Frigidaire Gallery 55 bottle) for use as a proper drying chamber. This means that I will now be able to dry meats and sausages year-round. It also means the Rubbermaid bin drying chamber is being retired. Once it warms up a bit outside, I […]

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Cooking
Schweinshaxe part II

This past week I had the opportunity to be go up to Baraboo, WI to visit my Mom (and set up her new iPad ), socially distanced of course. As we would often do on a visit to my home town, I stopped at the Meat Market and picked up a rib roast – for […]

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Cured Meats: Charcuterie
Emptying the Drying Chamber

The drying chamber was full with Lonzino, Soppressata, and Pepperoni. Creating the Lonzino was covered in a prior post. This is “simple” dry cured whole muscle meat (pork loin). The Soppressata and Pepperoni are both fermented dry cured sausages. This takes a bit more finesse to ensure food safety. Before starting on your own, I […]

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