Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fresh Tomato Salsa

I stopped at my sister's house yesterday after an out-of-town job interview, and we picked mucho tomatoes from her garden, as well as cucumber, onion and pepper. She grows a variety of tomato breeds, including roma, tiger striped, and yellow ones with peach fuzz on them.

So this morning I prepared a fresh tomato salsa. This recipe is for a smooth, wet salsa. The type a server would bring to you at a Mexican restaurant.
3-4 small to medium fresh tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
2 cloves garlic (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
slice of lime

Puree tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic and salt in food processor or blender. Heat oil in skillet. Add tomato puree. Squeeze juice from lime and add water. Stir and bring just to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and serve with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Baby Table Seat

This baby seat is cool. Unlike so much of the brightly colored, polypropylene products of today, this vintage seat from the Welsh Co. of St. Louis has style.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Emmabo Deck Chair

I've had two Ikea Emmabo Rocking Chairs on my deck for a couple of years, but earlier this spring the weathering finally took it's toll. A small rip in one chair forced me to only use the other, which eventually led to a huge rip in it as well. The fabric is durable, and I put them in the garage for the winters, but they're just not suitable for outdoor use. Perhaps they'd be fine if I had a covered deck, but they cannot withstand exposure to the sun and rain.

After failing to find replacement covers, I decided to forgo using fabric altogether and use wooden slats instead. For less than $40US for each chair, I recycled the metal frame and transformed these Emmabo chairs into a far more rugged version that will last for years.

This is where I ripped it a new one

The frame was still in great shape

The lumber is 1x2 pressure-treated for outdoor use. They are sold in 8'-0" lengths for $1.78 each at Home Depot. Cheap! I purchased 8 and had them cut at the store to 24" lengths. The palm sander was used to smooth the edges and tops.

I used 3/4" cable clamps, which are for electrical use but fit the rod of the Emmabo frame perfectly. The screws are brass, which won't rust and can be used with this type of wood.

Only one coat of black-brown ebony stain was needed

The stain dried outside for 24 hours

To attach the fasteners, I laid one slat across the frame, placed a cable clamp to the frame beneath each end of the slat, then marked and pre-drilled a small hole for the screw locations. With one slat pre-drilled, I used it as a template to mark and pre-drill the remaining slats. This made assembly much faster.

Assembling the fasteners

One slat required a special method for it's fastener. To accommodate a bulge in the frame, I had to overstretch the plastic cable clamp. Instead of one screw it required two.

Assembling the slats with the chair on it's side made it easier


Ready for the KS weather

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

DIY Television Stand

As a software developer, I "get" open source code. As a DIYer, I love Peter Nidzgorski's Open Source Storage projects. I based my TV stand on his brilliant idea.

More steps and descriptions at my flickr.