« Archives in July, 2019


I’ve been reading a book from a friend on the mathematics of infinity.

It occurs to me that our computers, every last postage-stamp sized little spinner, is at heart a trans-finitist. They believe in the integers, and not even all of the integers, but integers below a certain finite size. Everything else is a construction on top of them. Doesn’t seem to limit us too much from a practical standpoint….

An important Heinlein quote

Heinlein was an uncommonly wise man:

Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.” Robert A Heinlein

On the other hand, force sucks…

Weekend Woodworking Project

Last week I made a trip to Menards, a local midwestern home improvement store. Menards makes Home Depot and Lowes look pathetic. The quality of their wood is also amazing. Actually, I made two trips to Menards. 😛 The first one, then a bunch of woodworking mistakes, then a second trip for more raw materials.

There is a spot in my office that is bare right now that could use a 27″x60″ table jammed in the corner.

I made some plans.


I assembled a tabletop (after learning a trick to plane the wood.) Glue joint down the middle. Edges planed together in a vise so that they’ll fit together almost perfectly. The thing was flat enough that I didn’t have to flail around on it with the woodplane.

I then cut those beautiful pine boards (seriously, they’re square, and sanded almost polished until they slide against one another.), measured and glued them down to the tabletop. This makes the frame which hold the legs.


I ordered four “foursquare” 2.25″x29″ legs from tablelegs.com


I then drilled and glued down the corners – the hardware pulls the legs against the frame producing a satisfyingly rigid, yet detachable joint.


I created some V-blocks so I could squarely (more or less!) drill into the corners of each table leg. I inserted a threaded 1/4″-20 brass insert into the wood (courtesy of the local hardware store).


The table was finally assembled today. Then I quickly stained it and will leave it to dry over the next two weeks.

20190705_162738There are a few small errors in the project which would probably make this unsellable. It is, however, pretty good for a first try, almost professional, and functional. When it finally dries, I’ll furniture polish it and place it in my office – more flat space to clutter up with junk! I mean, to work on.