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by on Dec.28, 2012, under Garage Mahal

I’m knocking off a few little tasks in the garage – but have been doing some sailing and a good bit of actual work lately.  I pre-wired for my speakers downstairs during framing and had intended to put some old cabinet style speakers I already owned on some shelves on the far wall of the downstairs garage.  I was getting close to installing the speaker terminal plates when a friend of mine, who owed me a little money, came across a good deal on some nice wall speakers and he bought me a pair – which was pretty cool.  I got to hear his previously and was impressed with them. Because these are on an exterior wall, I had to remove some insulation and out of concern for insulation and the speaker vibration potentially shaking loose some of the blown in cellulose, I built a box out of foil backed foam insulation and, after slitting it in two so it would fit through the opening, installed that in the wall behind the speakers.  The speakers have a slight grey tint to the frame and the grill – I’m quite happy with the look.





I’ve also been researching work tables and plan on building several this weekend.  The design is neat – lightweight, mobile, but sturdy.  My shop table will have a torsion box top so it stays super flat with little chance of warping over time.  I’ll have some more detail on that next week.  Then I’ll need to really dig my heals in and start to attack some of the smaller, motivation killing, tasks that are left because they’re starting to weigh on me.


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Woah, man, enough already.

by on Dec.09, 2012, under Garage Mahal

Well, this site is in sad need of an update – but, as usual, that’s not necessarily an indication that things haven’t been happening. Quite the opposite. The Mahal has been coming along nicely as I push through tiny details (my ~favorite~ {sarcasm}). As I near the end of this project, I tend to want to keep my head down and push through these tiny laborious details ignoring just about anything else. I’m happy to report that things are totally functional up and downstairs! We found out that our main print capability in our home business was going obsolete (no more ink) in January so I’ve also had a big focus on getting the new office and new equipment functional – which is accomplished.  The new print capability will provide a lot of new fun options.  Final inspections have been signed off on by the county and, for the most part, we’re done.  I have some cleaning, a few trim details, and some touch-up paint to work on.  Downstairs will see a big cabinet project, car lift, and flooring next – but that can wait while I get the business back under control and have a little fun.  I need to weigh where the dumb-waiter stands in the project list too.  We’ll be planning for a party in January but, for now, I’m heading to Florida to do some distance sailing/racing soon. This was the first weekend in a while that I had some time to spend on the F18 double handed boat fixing some nagging issues that plagued me this year and getting it ready for a distance run around Key Largo. I also had a day to tend to the neglected paint on my poor truck with some polishing and two coats of wax….still some work to go on the truck the next evening or so – but it can sit in the garage while I work on it as time permits. Though we’ve been fortunate with some nice weather the last couple of days, I still enjoy working in the conditioned space.  A lot has taken place from finishing details, granite counter tops, water heater, trim, flooring, etc….for now, I’ll let it suffice with a bunch of photos…

Truck still needs a lot of cleaning but the water spots are gone and the paint looking really fresh.  It’s unreal how much surface area this thing has compared to my little Audi two seater:

Watchin’ a little football – this cabinet space, Garage TV/entertainment section is going to be the next major project:

My $30 dry erase board I scored recently at an auction:

One air hose reel by the back door:

I wish I had spent a little more $ on this guy – not really happy with it because it doesn’t roll up very well.

F18 getting some attention:


Upstairs desk will get some real attention soon. I thought about replacing it but I like this huge 90 degree desk shape and couldn’t find a replacement…so we’ll refresh it soon with a printed wrap (now that we have the technology!…stay tuned).

upstairs kitchenette and bathroom:




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