Category: hobby

UK, London, 161 Deptford High St: virtual travel

UK, London, 161 Deptford High St Deptford, London SE8 3NU, After School Center ASC, GPS: 51.479438,-0.026188, Plus Code: 9C3XFXHF+QG

UK, London,
161 Deptford High St
Deptford, London
SE8 3NU, After School Center ASC, GPS: 51.479438,-0.026188, Plus Code: 9C3XFXHF+QG

It looks like a working class neighbourhood, with some African and Viet stores and restaurants. Nothing out of the ordinary, and a nice enough neighbourhood. Clean.

161 Deptford High St
London, England, SE8 3NU
GPS: FXHF+QG London, United Kingdom
Plus Code: 9C3XFXHF+QG

I have never been to the UK, and with the pandemic on and the UK’s infection rate not good, I’ll not go anytime soon. Still, it looks like a nice enough place.

Bread Making: Bread Math, Poolish and Scaling a Recipe

I have really gotten attached to using a poolish as the starter for sourdough bread. Using a poolish is really easy. You just mix flour, water and starter, and set it aside to ferment for 12 hrs. It is technically called a preferment.

There are disagreements between the definitions of poolish, biga and a sponge. It seems like the poolish is 100% hydration, or 1:1 flour:water. The biga is 1:0.7 flour:water, and a sponge is 1:0.4 flour:water.

Replacing the 4 Wire Phone Plug for a Smartphone Headset: Hints and Tips

Replacement 3.5mm 4 connector headphone jack, varnish, shrink wrap, new jack completed, Photo 05 by Don Tai.

Replacement 3.5mm 4 connector headphone jack, varnish, shrink wrap, new jack completed, Photo 05 by Don Tai.

After many years of careful use, the headset that came with a long gone Blackberry smartphone lost sound in the right ear. If I wiggled it “just so” the sound would reappear, but with any further movement the sound would again be gone. It was clear that the wire would need to be cut back and the 3.5mm phone plug would need to be replaced. Because I do like the feel and the quality of the headset and mic, this was worthwhile to repair.

Bostitch BTFP02011 Pancake Air Compressor: Resources

Bostitch btfp02011 Pancake air compressor, 150psi,6 gallons

Bostitch btfp02011 Pancake air compressor, 150psi,6 gallons

Picked up I did, a Bostitch BTFP02011 Pancake Air Compressor. It needed some work, but seems to be intact. As I have no compressor or air tools experience I needed to learn form the ground up. Here’s the start of my air tools journey. This compressor looks robust and made of metal. It has the capacity of 150psi. The canister is 6 gallons.

Docs
The user manual is easily found, and actually quite short. I do read all manuals, especially tools. It was a short read.

The Allure of Imperfection: Wabi Sabi

I have heard about wabi-sabi before but have not grasped the meaning. This article grasps the concepts.

Originating in Taoism during China’s Song dynasty (960-1279) before being passed onto Zen Buddhism, wabi-sabi was originally seen as an austere, restrained form of appreciation. Today it encapsulates a more relaxed acceptance of transience, nature and melancholy, favouring the imperfect and incomplete in everything, from architecture to pottery to flower arranging.

Wabi, which roughly means ‘the elegant beauty of humble simplicity’, and sabi, which means ‘the passing of time and subsequent deterioration’, were combined to form a sense unique to Japan and pivotal to Japanese culture. But just as Buddhist monks believed that words were the enemy of understanding, this description can only scratch the surface of the topic.

侘寂

pinyin: chà jì Japanese: 侘と寂 わびとさび

Bumble Bee in Toronto, Canada: Macro

Bumble bee, Toronto, Canada, 2 cm long, in cup. Photo by Don Tai

Bumble bee, Toronto, Canada, 2 cm long, in cup. Photo by Don Tai

I heard this loud buzzing and thought my furnace had some issue, but the furnace wsa not on. It was a large bumble bee, buzzing inside my house, trying to break free. My front window was tricking it. He was beautiful.

I heard it yesterday in my house. How it found its way inside I do not know. By the time I thought of a plant to capture and release it outside, he had stopped buzzing and could not be found. Today near my front window he buzzed for a couple of seconds, then landed on the ground. I used a cup and captured it, and used a piece of stiff paper underneath to right the cup. With a transparent Pyrex plate on top I shot this macro at 3.5x.

Oukei TW-2700-E1 Table Tennis Training Machine: Repair

The Oukei TW-2700-E1 Table Tennis Training Machine is a consumer grade serving machine. It stopped working due to an out of aligned spring. Photo 1 by Don Tai

The Oukei TW-2700-E1 Table Tennis Training Machine is a consumer grade serving machine. It stopped working due to an out of aligned spring. Photo 1 by Don Tai

My neighbour is hard working and has few hobbies. She loves table tennis but has no partner, so she bought a table tennis machine, which shoots balls at her. This machine, an Oukei TW-2700-E1, she loves, allows her to return balls without help from the family. It was unfortunate when the machine began jamming. I opted to fix the machine, and she was grateful to have it back in service. It turned out the fix was very simple, but rendered the machine unusable.

Restored Leather Highback Chair

Leather highback chair needed two leather patches on the seat. After the repair was completed and new metal gliders added. Photo 1 by Don Tai

Leather highback chair needed two leather patches on the seat. After the repair was completed and new metal gliders added. Photo 1 by Don Tai

This leather chair was cast aside, but it beaconed me to come closer. It took little time to determine that it was leather covered and in need of a major repair. Once done, however, the chair was returned to service, and comfortable it is.

Glaringly obvious was the huge gash 6.5″/17cm gash in the seat, as well as a smaller 1″/3cm cut, also in the seat. After I determined that the backing material was actually the very reassuringly natural matte fibers of real leather, I knew the repair could be done.

Tight Dadoes using A Very Simple Jig

Very simple jig to cut tight dadoes: just a rectangular piece of wood and a metal screw. Photo 1 by Don Tai

Very simple jig to cut tight dadoes: just a rectangular piece of wood and a metal screw. Photo 1 by Don Tai

Obsessive, I sometimes am, but for getting tight dadoes it is crucial. Without tight dadoes joints are not as strong. I do not have nor cannot justify a dado set, so need to use my single blade. I was going to build a 2 part kerfmaker, when I found this very simple kerfmaker design that uses a single piece of rectangular wood and a screw. Well, I just had to try it. It works exceedingly well, resulting in tight dado joints.

Delta 36-510C Table Saw: DIY Table Fence

Delta 36-510C table saw has a terrible fence. The fence clamps to an inclined front area, resulting in an inefficient clamp, which moves when you use it.

Delta 36-510C table saw has a terrible fence. The fence clamps to an inclined front area, resulting in an inefficient clamp, which moves when you use it.

I have had my Delta 36-510C table saw for quite a long time. The saw is inexpensive and I had very little money and needed a saw. Little did I know at the time that the table fence that came with the saw was terrible. I’d set up the fence, lock it down as tight as possible, and half way through a cut the fence would jiggle free and mess up my cut. I would end up with cut wood with dimensions slightly off at the end. After 15 years of suffering I decided to research and build a DIY table fence that works, is accurate and stays put despite the vibration of the saw.