Restoring My Vintage Spartan to Glory

...and crafting a purposeful recovery

Month: August 2019

Tid Bits

What color blind moron thought this was a match?!?

Maybe if I wanted my seams to glow in the dark.

I emailed Cabinet Maker’s Warehouse and they offered no better match to finish-off my Formica seams – just a refund. So I am left with a few options. Find a better product elsewhere or go with aluminum seams like I did in the shower. Or, if I really want to make myself crazy, find a dark green tint and try to doctor this stuff up to a closer match. Option three sounds like a fool’s errand.

Meanwhile, on a more positive front, the 3/8″ Baltic birch has been ripped, sanded and finished. I have begun cutting it down to make my interior window trims. One down, sixteen to go.

I am using brass screws to make a nicer look.

Of course, in true janky fashion I am using a mitre box and hand saw to assist this process – painstakingly slow.

The search continues for a suitable piece of land to put Sparta. I am looking in Quincy, Ca. to be near my daughter. Maybe we’ll start a family compound, circle the wagons and fend off the assault of progress altogether.

“When I’m 64”

Culled from the Internet, here are just a few of the facts regarding this classic Beatles tune:

  • Paul McCartney wrote the music for this when he was about 15, and used to play it when The Beatles were still known as The Quarrymen. He put lyrics to it later in honor of his father’s 64th birthday.
  • McCartney wrote and sang the lead vocals on this song which asks if a woman will still be with him when he got older, when he was 64 years old. On May 17, 2006, Paul and his then wife, Heather Mills, separated, finalizing the divorce in 2008. McCartney turned 64 on June 18, 2006, so the answer to his musical question with regards to Mills, would be no.
  • John Lennon said of this: “I would never even dream of writing a song like that.” [probably because he couldn’t fathom being with Yoko that long]

Why the interest in this old ditty? Because today is my 64th birthday. I vividly remember listening to Sgt. Pepper’s way beck when and thinking “God, 64 sounds OLD”.

Well, it does beat the alternative.

Janky postscript

Lest you think I am content with sloppy workmanship and will settle for jankiness in my life, let me update you all. I just bought a nice Makita 6″ cordless circular saw so I can now cut straight lines, more or less.

These lines look pretty straight and the going is so much easier than with my janky jig saw.

While I could probably benefit from a long straight edge to measure rip cuts for trim, I settled for a thin piece of Baltic Birch to draw my lines (I can’t cut all the jank from my life).

Well, at least I am using good wood

But I will not sit still for that rough edge and cavernous gap surrounding my kitchen formica. I invested in some caulk specially matched and tinted to “Laquered linen”‘. Not perfect, but OK.

Note green at tip

That’s all.