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awful traffic, carpentry research, Space Balls - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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awful traffic, carpentry research, Space Balls

This morning, as usual, I gave "T" rides to and from school. On the way to pick him up, traffic was exceptionally awful. Usually the drive is only around 25 minutes (round trip), but today it was more than an hour. Weather was ugly, and I think that was the reason for the problem, but I never managed to spot any one bottleneck that would explain the problem. There were just too many cars.

As usual lately, I spent quite a bit of time on carpentry research, specifically looking for ways to build furniture that can be disassembled and reassembled so they can be moved without a crane. I learned a couple of interesting things. One was a type of joint I hadn't heard of before, the "tusk tenon joint". I'm not sure I want to use it, because it leaves parts protruding from the main structure of the furniture (which we'd certainly bump into) and because its rustic look doesn't really fit with the look I have in mind for my project.

The other furniture discovery I made was a funny one: there is an actual carpentry product called "Space Balls". It has nothing to do with the film. They're small rubbery balls that one puts in the notches of cabinet frames to keep the cabinet panels so that the panels don't rattle, but still have space to expand and contract with changes in humidity.


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