Scott Brown


Minneapolis, MN, USA

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  • "the doors are nice enough, but it drives me nuts that in every photo above, the surrounding plaster / wall board surfaces don't look particularly well done. the wall surface curvatures are a series of vertical flat planes to make the curve happen, but there are clearly visible "flat" sections that disrupt the curve visually. they didn't slit or break the wall panels closely enough to follow the curve more gracefully, or the framing lacked proper attention to detail."
    on: This Company Makes Curved Doors
  • "not overdesigned, but very well designed, and the indignation about recyclability is on point.  my systainers have taken more abuse than I'd care to admit over the last 10-15 years, and they all still function perfectly. it stands out to me that these don't seem to be compatible with old pre-T-lock systainers (only one of my dozen systainers is a T lock, which makes me feel old)"
    on: German Overdesign: Festool's Fancy New Systainer Organizers
  • "I like the gradient action - if you've got more than a couple bins out on the bench, the color coding makes it easy to put them back. my first thought is to stop at the home improvement box store to make my own gradient labels out of paint sample cards (my parts bins are larger and would accommodate up to a nearly 3 inch square)."
    on: Extreme Organization: Rainbow Filament 3D-Printed Parts Organizer
  • "I'll also add that water base finishes can dry very quickly - large surfaces can be a challenge keeping a wet edge.  That can be nice though for smaller projects or parts because they can be turned around so much more quickly - a real advantage in a small shop with limited real-estate for leaving parts spread out to cure. And that fast drying also means less time for dust and airborne contaminants to settle into an uncured finish."
    on: Finishing Tips: Understanding the Difference Between Polyurethane and Polycrylic
  • "oil base finishes will amber a light colored wood.  water based doesn't, but in my opinion looks terrible on medium and dark colored wood.  on walnut? completely unacceptable, looks like chocolate milk. cherry and red oak?  hope you like pink!  Over application of water base finish can make the wood look and feel like plastic.  I work with baltic birch plywood a lot and use water base finishes for it because it looks great and doesn't change the color, whereas the ambering of oil finishes on baltic birch can make it look blotchy - the same way birch takes stain terribly, even with pre-stain conditioning.Minwax has been harder to find around here (minneapolis) but I go out of my way to get it, and prefer it hands down - Polycrylic WB, the fast drying polyurethane, and their wipe on poly.Our home-depots now only stock Rust-Oleum / Watco offerings, and I am not a fan. Same with Rustoleum spray paint - I avoid the brand in general when I can."
    on: Finishing Tips: Understanding the Difference Between Polyurethane and Polycrylic
  • "I don't see anywhere in his post that he made this for different size screws - he used 1/2" bushings, which is the standard diameter of the step drill for use with these jigs.  As he wrote, it's just to save a few bucks on the cost of branded Kreg pocket hole jigs.  McMaster offers 1/2" drill bushings for about $8 each, and a new step drill with a collar is about the same.  Given the ubiquity of perfectly serviceable, durable, and well reviewed alternatives to the Kreg brand for around $20, this seems like a fools errand."
    on: 3D Print Your Own Pocket Hole Jig for Different-Sized Screws
  • "Lately I've been noticing more use of the British "storey" instead of American English "story".  It doesn't make sense without context that might include word spellings such as aluminium, colour, theatre, and mould."
    on: Tokyo House Interior Features an Enormous Elliptical Catwalk
  • "contractors don't deserve much of the blame - roofing and siding companies are notoriously terrible about attention to details like wall and roof penetrations.  the worst culprits are ham-fisted and bungled DIY projects and repairs, or homeowners too cheap to hire the appropriate tradespeople for the work."
    on: Home Inspectors Reveal the Worst Red Flags They've Encountered
  • ""Unlike a traditional capped markers that require two hands to open",but not unlike retractable sharpies which have been around for years."
    on: The Marksmith: A Titanium Retractable Permanent Marker
  • "the "eye-watering" price of the hardware is a small fraction of the cost of a custom cabinet or furniture piece in which it is used, and if installed and functioning properly is well worth the marginal extra cost for the function."
    on: Pocket Door Slides: Specialty Cabinet Hardware for Disappearing Doors
  • "real mustache men drink straight from the bottle."
    on: Amidst Moustache Mug Comeback, Someone Designed a Retrofittable Version for Booze
  • "a level or plumb indicator on a drill assumes that the material or surface being drilled into is level or plumb to begin with."
    on: A Gimmicky Drill With a Killer Feature: The Ability to Indicate Level or Plumb
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