Farm-Style Dining Table Complete

July 31, 2011

Hey guys,

Cisco the blogging HSS cat here…

Look, we know that you’re DIY kind of folk… Who could not love Bruce’s funky wood floor or back room?

Well, here’s the update you’ve all been waiting for… The farm table is now complete. (You might remember parts one and two of the build adventure…)

Here are the legs, skirt, spreader, etc… Note the slots for the clips that will ultimately hold the top to the frame assembly…

Next is the underside top complete with sliding cleats and sliding breadboard ends. (Because of the width of the two boards (18″ each), the entire top can ‘breath’ without splitting the boards…)

Finally, the end result…

The build process itself was remarkably unremarkable:

  1. We pretty much designed what we wanted on the computer.
  2. Contacted Osborne Wood Products Inc. and gave them our design and measurements. They in turn manufactured the legs, skirt, etc. (Sadly, due to advances in technology and computer-controlled woodworking machines, I simply can’t compete with companies like Osborne — by the time I factor in material costs and sub-minimum-wage labor effort on my part, Osborne is simply cheaper. Sigh…)
  3. We picked up some exceptionally wide antique boards for the top and sanded and finished appropriately. (Huge word of caution here — do not sand the character out of old lumber! Be sure to keep saw marks and wear patterns. Anyone can pay to have new stock milled; but no one can replicate echos of age.)
  4. The top was then formed using the cleats and breadboards.
  5. We assembled the frame keeping a close eye on the “squareness” of the structure.
  6. Painted the frame.
  7. Plopped the top on the frame and gently secured the two using specially designed metal clips.

We like the table — it’s beautiful, unique, flat, square, level, rugged (but with an ease about it.) Perhaps most importantly, it handles light so well…

You really should try building something like this…

Two cats and a keyboard covered in sawdust by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Killer Stuffed/Un-Stuffed Potato Recipe

July 30, 2011

Alrighty then chicks and cats, time for another killer recipe… Behold…

Looks like a standard stuffed/baked potato doesn’t it? Aha! Caught you! The devil is in the details! Read on…

Step 1:  Bake the potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Choose medium to large sized Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Wash and remove any eyes and rough spots… Pat dry
  • Pierce each spud about a dozen times all over with a fork
  • Lightly rub each one with canola or other vegetable oil
  • Lightly sprinkle with sea salt or kosher salt (optional)
  • Place on rack in middle of oven
  • Place foil or cookie sheet below
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until a thin knife slides easily in and out of the potato

Step 2:  Gut the Spuds

  • Split each baked potato in two lengthwise
  • Scoop out some (but not all) of the potato, leaving a good amount in around the skin. Set the scooped portion aside for mashing or potato pancakes
  • Lightly salt and pepper each skin
  • Generously add Country Crock Original Spread, briefly-nuked Oscar Mayer Fully-Cooked Thick-Cut Bacon shards, and Mozzarella cheese
  • Place under a hot broiler for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and skins start to crisp around the edges
  • Remove from oven
  • Add Daisy Brand sour cream and chopped chives

Enjoy!

Two Cats blogging and eating by the racks…

P.S. To improve upon this recipe, don’t scoop the spuds! Shhh… Just pile on the ingredients before the broiler, and use a pan to control the mess…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Another American Master…

July 27, 2011

Hi,

Do you remember when we (the HSS blogging cats) brought you heathen humanoid bipeds the class of Billie Holiday, Charo, and Karen Carpenter? Well, it’s time to enlighten once again… Here is an American classic of unimaginable talent and tenacity. (This person is one of the only people entrusted by the Gershwin estate to finish some of George and Ira’s work,,,)

Meet Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys fame…

Cisco and Ponchita grooving by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Now This is Weather Done Right! (And Then There’s that Pesky Economy…)

July 26, 2011

Ahhh…

Today (7/25/2011) was perfect. Not too hot… A decent, clean breeze… No glaring sun… If by chance you’re vacationing on the Cape, and got to experience this, that’s as close to Patti Page as you’re going to get. This was a day for Nat King Cole’s “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer“, a day for cool napping, and later, cold fried chicken (by far and away, Shaw’s Marketfresh Lacarte is the best). Yup… This was a keeper…

And then there’s the economy… How long have we been warning you that Hades was about to break loose? Since December 2009 in this forum, that’s how long.  Look, these ass hats in DC are struggling to trim $3 trillion in 10 years… How about amortizing $100 trillion in 10 years? Even if, by some miracle, the idiots in Washington do manage a way to lop off $3 trillion over a decade, those savings will have to go on non-stop for 300 years to truly get our fiscal house back in order; that’s how badly our entitlements spending is mangled…

Do you want to know the frightening thing for me? I’ve been writing about this catastrophe-in-the-making for five years. (I have my own blog, and my first year’s readership was 250,000.) And over those five years, I’ve gotten a ton of comments… Some people didn’t like me because I sounded too conservative… Others thought that I was a closet liberal…  But not once… Not once has anyone ever questioned my financial numbers or my assessment of the ramifications of those numbers. It’s as if the math is just too overwhelming to either comprehend or face. People aren’t scared, they’re resigned. (Thoreau said, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called ‘resignation’ is confirmed desperation.”) How true today…

My heart-felt advice? Pay off your personal debt, and stock up on your wine…

The day is coming.

But hey… I’m just a cat by the racks…

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Just Wandering Around the Store

July 23, 2011

Hey! Cisco, the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here…

You know, there are times (especially during these hectic summers) when closing time nears, and things slow down, and a cat just likes to grab his digital SLR and wander around the store. That being said, here are some pics…

And here’s the new back room…

And more of the back room…

And yet still more of the back room…

What’s a liquor store without a guitar???

Did we mention that Da Gizz is now selling high-end meat?

And there it is now… Meat!

Anyone for a few “Twisted Shotz”? Four shots (with alcohol) for $5. Try matching that in a bar…

Of course, there’s always the wine…

More wine…

One might even go so far as to say that Bruce has a plethora of wine…

So that’s about it… Just a late wandering on the moors of Harwich Spirits Shoppe, Friday, July 22nd, 2011…

See you by those packed racks…

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Annoying Woodworking Math Problem Solved

July 20, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here… Bet you didn’t know that we cats like to do a little woodworking from time to time. (Then again, look at your chair leg, and you’ll probably be reminded of some of our handiwork.) But it ain’t all scathing and fur balls for us… Nope! Occasionally we like to get behind a table saw and rip ourselves some wood proper. But therein lies the rub — when you need to rip a board into numerous equal widths, how do you calculate the distance from fence to inner side of blade with the least waste? (If you’ve done any woodworking, you’ve no doubt run up against this problem too.) Here we go…

Take a look at the quick drawing I did on a piece of scrap wood… That represents the essence of our hassle  — how do we rip a 1 X 6 (actually five and a half inches wide) into four equal pieces using a blade with a 1/8″ (.125″) kerf?

Alrighty then… The issue boils down to adding up four unknown widths (I call them each, “X”) and three .125″ kerfs. So, 4X + .375″ has to equal 5.5″… Put another way, taking into account the kerfs, we’ve got to split 5 & 1/8″ (5.125″) four way. And that equals 1.28125″/strip.

Greatttt… I can’t exactly set my fence to 1.28125″. So what is 1.28125″ in fractional lingo. The table below should probably help…

Yup, set your fence to 1 & 9/32″ and that will do it. (Actually, I’d set my fence for 1 & 9/32″ minus a hair — have to take into account blade wobble, edge cupping or bowing, gremlins, etc.)

And that’s it… It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to get four equal strips out of a 1 X 6, or seven sticks out of a 2 X 12… The math never changes — just know the number of strips, accurately take into account the kerf, draw out your board with cuts, do the math, figure in the gremlins, and away you go…

Two cats, covered in sawdust, by the racks blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.
 


From Da Gizz… Inquiring Minds…

July 18, 2011

Yup, we warned ya that Da Gizz might want to get some feedback from you… After all, he’s already answered a few questions himself… So, that being said, here are a few questions for you. (Just use the comment field to offer your ideas…)

  • What’s your favorite box wine?
  • If marijuana were made completely legal today, whether you smoke pot or not, how do you think that would affect your wine or beer consumption?
  • What’s your fave “sub-ten-dollars” wine?

And lastly…

  • If you could make a single change to Harwich Spirits Shoppe (realistically speaking), what would it be?

Two cats just wondering by the racks…

 


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.