Office Storage – Adding Cabinets to the Closet, Part 1

I have a pretty nice office in our house. Great space with a decent size closet. We had an old butcher block piece from Ikea that I originally used in our laundry room. I poured a concrete counter in there and used the butcher block to create a small narrow desk in the office closet. There is also a an old set of plastic shelves in the closet to store a bunch of junk.

I decided I need to clean this mess up, create storage for materials and electronics like printers and just generally organize and reduce the clutter.

The first part of this effort is to create cabinets for the space.

Creating the Cabinets

I’m fortunate enough to have space in my garage for a table saw and some other equipment . The cabinets for this effort are really simple. Just 3/4″ plywood held together with Kreg screws and glue.

The frames are 1″ x 2″ bits with 1″ x 4″ centers to divide the cabinets. The intention is to add doors…when I figure out how to build them.

This is the second of the two cabinets being built.
Another shot of one of the cabinets after it is completed.

Once the cabinets are built naturally we need to hang them.

Hanging the Cabinets

The picture below is after I hung the first cabinet and put everything back into place for the week. The ceilings in this house are much higher than a ‘normal’ house. It’s awesome. One other thing to note is that since the area that I’m hanging these cabinets encloses the cabinets on three sides it guarantees that I can secure them to the wall. Lots of screws…just in case.

The cabinet was…heavy but I got it up there with some help from my wife and the bit of plywood screwed to wall to give me a place to set the bottom of the cabinet as I lifted it.

Add a bunch of cabinet screws in the back and two sides and it is rock solid.

View of the closet with the first cabinet in place.

The second cabinet followed the model established for the first one. This one took more effort to hang because one of the walls has a bit of bend inward. The tolerances are pretty good.

Second cabinet being set in place.

Here is an image of the cabinets in place.

Cabinets in place

Now that the cabinets are in place it is time to build some shelves.

Everything Must Be Paid for Twice

IMG 0741I’ve spent the last few months going through ‘stuff’ accumulated over the years. Donating those things that could have value for others.

I just now tripped across this article called “Everything must be paid for twice”. First with currency and then with time.

If you look around your home, you might notice many possessions for which you’ve paid the first price but not the second. Unused memberships, unread books, unplayed games, unknitted yarns.  

Yep. Weed out the things for which I’m not willing to spend the time on.

A selection of Disc Golf terms

Disc Golf Terminology

*Note* All statements will be made assuming a right-handed backhand (RHBH) throw. Left-handed backhand and right-handed forehand throws will result in a flight path opposite of the ones described here.

Hyzer – Releasing the disc with the outer edge at an angle lower than parallel to the ground. This will cause the most discs to curve to the left.


Anhyzer – Releasing the disc with the outer edge at an angle higher than parallel to the ground. This will cause the most discs to curve to the right.


High Speed Turn – The characteristic of a disc to curve to the right at the beginning of its flight when thrown hard.


Low Speed Fade – The natural tendency of a disc to tail left as it slows down at the end of its flight.


Overstable – A term used to describe the relative resistance to high speed turn and amount of low speed fade of a disc. A more overstable disc will generally have higher resistance to turn and greater low speed fade.


Understable – A term used to describe a disc with relatively low resistance to high speed turn and less low speed fade.


Turnover – The term used to describe the flight of a disc that curves to the right when thrown flat or at hyzer. A less overstable or understable disc will generally be easier to turn over.


Nose Down – Releasing the disc with the front end of the disc lower than the back end. Certain discs will fly better when thrown nose down.


Nose Up – Releasing the disc with the front end of the disc higher than the back end.
Stall Out – A term used to describe the flight of a disc when it peaks in height and drops off to the left without much glide. This generally occurs when the disc is thrown with the nose up.

S-Curve – A term used to describe the flight of a disc when it begins by turning to the right and then “flexes” out and glides back to the left.

Roller – A type of throw where the disc is turned over so far that it lands on its edge and rolls.

Snap – A term used to describe the armspeed and power a player gets into their throw. More snap will generally make the disc fly faster and further.

Reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower again

Somewhere along the line I started this series…and then lost track of it. Since the movie is coming out in early August I thought I would read the first book again and then pick up the rest of the series. I seem to at least have gotten through the second book as well since I remember the ‘lobstrosities’.

Anyway, check out the first book in the series here.

Nice quote about Design from Steve Jobs

Great quote

“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like,” says Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

The Wirecutter and ‘Inner Vision’

One of my favorite web sites is ‘The Wirecutter’ over at thewirecutter.com

Anytime I’m going to purchase something I run over to The Wirecutter (or thesweethome.com) and look for a review. If I find something there I use their link to purchase the item. 

Anyway, they’ve got a great feature called ‘Inner Vision’ which is an assortment of interesting articles regarding a variety of topics. 

Check out the latest iteration here. My favorite item from this week’s list of items is this article. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

You can find a complete list of their blog posts here.