Custom Cabinetry, Part 1

An interesting read on the origins and usage of the word ‘custom’. Interesting implications for those working in community and economic development.

Making Things Work

Custom_Dog_Socks (Source: https://www.groovebags.com/products/custom-dog-socks)

The word “custom” gets stuck on virtually anything these days, often as little more than a marketing device. Sometimes it means personalized, as with the socks in the illustration above; sometimes it’s intended to connote exclusivity, as a result of which the object in question will seem more desirable (at least, to those who want to feel special). But when you consider some of the stuff that’s sold as “custom,” you may find yourself questioning the meaning of the word.

What, for example, is custom drywall? Sure, drywall can be finished in a variety of textures, but that variety has been part of the mudder’s art for most of the six-plus decades during which drywall has been North America’s go-to covering for interior walls and ceilings. This historical fact has not kept drywall businesses around the country from incorporating “custom” into their names. Custom vans? I thought…

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Embrace the Gray

Embracing the gray can help us navigate and overcome conflict within our communities. Learn about one way to frame shared needs and interests in addressing polarizing conflicts.

The Tradition Trap

The Tradition Trap can lead to unquestioning action which often leads to wasteful activities, can prevent innovation, or can create communities where entrepreneurs and new residents are not welcome. Breaking out of The Tradition Trap takes time and effort (and a lot of questions) but it's critical to evolve and grow.

Don’t do the Mongo Mash

This short and light-hearted post from Fair Woodworking reminds us that even if you have the right tools to do the job, sometimes a gentler approach yields far more than a “Ham Fisted” one. Enjoy!

Fair Woodworking

One of my favorite terms in blogging is “Ham Fisted Woodworker”. To me it has many meanings, but for today it refers to how we all can just turn off our brains in hopes of achieving fine woodwork by way of brute force.

Using a mallet of any kind paired with a chisel is a complex algorithm of weight/force/mass/and powdered unicorn dust. I won’t pretend to understand it, and I’m also not going to allow any “It’s simple physics” talk either.

What I can simplify it down to is this. When you hit something, it will either collapse and absorb the energy, or it will resist collapsing and transfer the energy into forward motion.

I’m not a Physics Major so relax! I’m close enough to get through this post.

Chisel handles dent or split when more force is applied to the handle than the wood the handle is made of…

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