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Benjamen Johnson
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Attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lives in Burbs of Twin Cities
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When we replaced the exterior windows and doors in our family room, I trimmed the door out with a fluted casing and a cornice made out of crown molding. Now that we remodeled our family room, I wanted to trim out the double doors into the kitchen the same way. Wouldn't you know it, ...
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I am the only person at home and I swear the last time in went through the kitchen that the blanket was crumpled in a pile. 
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A good project to work on with my daughter.
You'd think that the main reason to add a mouse door to the baseboard in our sun room was for a bit of whimsy. You might be partially right, but my real motivation starts with trying to lay baseboard in my kitchen. When I put down the baseboard in my kitchen, I decided to join two pieces with a ...
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Hey that's a kewl idea! Cut a hole in the wall too and put a little troll or something in there looking out.
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American Dagger Moth

I was throwing away a bunch of stuff, and this little guy crawled out.

Two inches long with poisonous hairs, too bad the moth it turns into is so ugly.
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Everything you see on the internet is not true. Using your oven's cleaning cycle is NOT a good way to clean your greasy outdoor grill grates.

 I was in the other room with my back to the kitchen and I just happened to turn around and see smoke billowing out of the stove (not normal during my oven's cleaning cycle.)  I'm just glad I was in the house and I caught it before it got worse
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My daughter suckered me into building her a bookcase last night.

She wanted to work in my shop, so I was letting her pick through my scraps. She grabbed a bunch pieces and proceeded to mark up some of the wood and cut it with a saw. When she got frustrated with the results, I asked her what she was making. She said she wanted to make a bookcase and showed me what she was doing. 

Well it spiraled out of control from there, We picked out some nice wide maple for the shelves, cut it to size and then picked out some walnut for the rails, and that's as far as we got last night.

Today I cut all the walnut to size and drilled pocket holes for mounting the shelves. All that is left is for her to sand the wood and assemble the bookcase.
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Finally, I'm making more progress on my charging cradle for my phone. 

Since I'm using two 45-45-90 triangles made out of 1/4" stock for the legs, I'm gluing a block on the back that will hold them in place.

*Ignore the thesaurus in the background, that's for another project.
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After about a year, I finally gathered all the information and pictures I had and posted the building of my son's treehouse bed.  This was one hell of a project, but it was worth it.
My son's treehouse bed is possibly the largest, most complex project I have attempted. It took over a year to complete. After planning and partially building this project, I discovered the finished pieces wouldn't fit out the door. This set me back several months as I tried to figure out how to ...
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Shoptime with my kids.
My kids love my shop. I've always told them they can use any materials they want as long as they give me a drawing of what they want to do. My scrap bin is the exception, they can dig through it and use anything they find without asking. So of course that is their favorite thing to do.
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While I've been working on stripping the floor on our back room, my wife has been repainting our vanity. It was originally stained wood, then it had been painted white. The toe kick and the inside was left stained wood and the drawers were only painted on the fronts and about 1/3 of the sides, so when you pulled them out you saw the paint end.

I asked her to paint the back wall, which was bare dry wall and the rest of the inside white, because it always looked really dingy when you'd open the doors. Then she replaced the shelf paper on the floor of the vanity with vinyl tiles. We've used tiles before on shelves with great results. They're tough, easy to clean, and don't rip or peel.

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Prepping Our Back Room for a Laminate Floor.

I found that the sub-floor is particle board nailed with non-ring shank nails and not glued . No wonder why it squeaks like a haunted house. 

Tomorrow I get to see how many screws my various drivers can drive before they run out of charge.
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Dude, I have been there.  I ended up buying 3/8" subfloor sheets and screwing the livin' daylights out of it.  I used zinc plated screws, one every 4 inches along the outer edges of the sheets, and one every 6 inches in the centre.  I was so sick & tired of driving screws .... I did just under 1000 square feet that way.  But holy crap wanna talk about a solid, silent floor after I installed the hardwood?  You could play basketball on that floor ...
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We came back this last Sunday to no hot water. So I checked the pilot and it was out. I didn't think too much of it because it can happen, I'll wait and see if it happens again. So this morning my wife tells me that her shower was warm, but not hot. I ran downstairs and checked the pilot, and sure enough it was out again.

I'm at a loss, the flame is beautiful blue in the window, the water heater works fine and heats water fast when it works. So I put my hand near the outside air intake for the furnace and the water heater, I didn't feel any cold air. That isn't right.

I went outside and tried to remove the cover for the intake, but I busted it into many pieces, it's meant to be turned, but somebody put that conduit in the way. Anyway I looked at the what should have been the screen and it looked like a piece of thick felt (sorry didn't think of taking a picture then). When I removed the screen, immediately I could see dust being sucked in.

After cleaning the screen and replacing it (just the screen of course because the cover is busted) I go downstairs and immediately feel the cold air from the intake. When I look in the water heater combustion chamber I see a dancing blue pilot flame rather than a neat little blue ball. I think that's a good sign. 
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+Jason Guerard I could be wrong, but I don't think it was a foam filter, as I was just able to wash it off the screen. I think it was dryer lint. because my dryer outlet is about 5 feet away.
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  • TSI
    Electrical Engineer, 1997 - 2004
  • Seagate Technology
    Engineering Intern, 1996 - 1996
  • Quantum Corp.
    Engineering Intern, 1995 - 1995
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Amateur Woodworker, Tinkerer, Maker
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I retired from electrical engineering (at 30) to stay at home with my children while my wife works.

Although, I grew up watching my dad work as a contractor and woodworker, I didn't get started in woodworking until I bought my own house. I started buying my own power tools to work on home improvement projects until one day I noticed that I had a shop full of tools that I rarely used. Once my kids got old enough so my wife and I actually had free time again, I started learning how to turn my ideas into reality.

My use of Google+ keeps evolving. At first I started out with one catch all profile. Then I split my profile into two different accounts to keep areas of my life separate This profile was for woodworking and related topics and my second profile was for all my other interests such as Scientific Skepticism and Science and Technology. 

Now with the creation of communities I find myself gravitating back to this profile and neglecting my other one.
Education
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Electrical Engineering, 1992 - 1996
  • University of Minnesota
    Electrical Engineering, 1996 - 1997
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