Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An Homage to Rube Goldberg.

At least,  that was what I was thinking after I came up with my little gizmo this morning. 

Actually,  I *think* it was more like afternoon, since I had frittered away some time this morning trying to come up with a satisfactory method of cutting the facia boards for the front of the “veranda”. 



I really wanted to avoid using the jig saw if at all possible,  and figured I could come up with some method on the drill press.

No dice.  Too much lateral torque,  resulting in the quill popping out.  It’s a Morse Taper after all.

Of course,  there are no articles to speak of on the subject,  so I’ll steal a picture from the net.


That’s a “Morse Taper”.


So I had to come up with a “jig”.




Took me a little while to come up the proper mason jar lid/tuna tin ratio, but after some higher ‘rithmatic,  I got it. 

And yes,  we’re sticking with the “Gingerbread House” look.  May as well keep it original.



I think you get the idea.  Got to be a bit tedious when I was putting on finish right around the time I was missing Jeopardy.  *grumble*   I’ll just have to suck it up I guess.


Speaking of missing out on things,  I just surfed around to discover that some of my Dutch friends aren’t so very happy right about now.  Well darn.   Here I was kind of looking forward to seeing a final game between Germany and The Netherlands.   Naturally,  the Dutch would be calling out to “get their bikes back”.  I’ll fill in that blank one of these days,  I promise.


I suppose my Argentinian Barber will be happy. So there’s at least one person I know.

Hey,  football giveth,  and football taketh away.

If you have the bandwidth,  here’s a pretty cool video montage put together by our very own CBC.


How awesome would it be if we could somehow capture all that emotion that is evoked from the World Cup? (I still like the German term: “Weltmeisterschaft”,  sounds better.) 

Pretty sure it could power an entire city. 

Some of the Brazilian fans were weeping yesterday when their team lost.  WEEPING!   It’s a freakin’ football game people!  

OK “soccer”,  fine.

Tomato, tomahto.


Tomorrow is going to be pretty much the same story.  Although,  we may very well be installing some fancy facia boards.  That could be interesting.  Possibly perilous.



Keep it between the ditches.

Thanks for stopping by.



Oh right,  I suppose I should put in some sort of hint about Rube Goldberg.   Wouldn’t want you to actually have to surf the net.  That might be laborious.


  1. Bob if you are trying to get the Hansel and Gretel look on the house shouldn't the boards look more scalloped than tooth like? Getting the jig saw out at this point might help.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. The scallops are in a couple other spots, and thanks for the input.

  2. You never cease to amaze me with your capabilities. Methinks you deserve a huge treat from TC when this project is complete.

  3. I'm liking your gingerbread look, Have done some of that many years ago, once you have the jig figured out, the rest goes pretty good.

  4. When I was a child dad built in our dresser drawers under the eaves. The "handles" were marked off on the bottom half of a saucer, and cut out as half circles.

  5. Nice job. I have to admit this is the first time I've ever heard of a Morse Taper.

    I wonder if the Argentina vs Germany game will bring any former Nazi's out of hiding in Argentina? Probably all dead by now I guess (hope!!).

  6. Now you're confusing me with all those gadgets as much as Rick does with all his computer gizmos... ;c)

  7. Nice work with the fascia boards. Here in Edmonton I could see several cars with the German flag on their windows. Whoa....

  8. I would not have thought that Mr. R Goldberg could not get a visa for Canada:)


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