Thoughts on pocket hole joinery

This weekend I completed my first furniture design project. Instead of buying the tools for traditional wood joinery I opted to use pocket holes. It is less expensive, and requires less time and patience. I was able to build two nightstands in a week. I haven’t been this excited since I was gifted my first pack of Legos. Pocket hole joinery is like building stuff with wooden Legos that you design! Here’s what I learned.

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Measure, then act

Dan, a co-worker from Automattic wrote this in a p2 post today:

Measure, then act. Almost every major decision we made was in response to real-world data. Often we would be surprised and have our expectations challenged, both in terms of what was NOT possible, but also what WAS possible.

It reminds me of the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once”, and in software development, the more we measure, the more we discover.


I drew this for a Christmas card a few years ago, and I’m bringing it back for The Force Awakens.

Ontario in the Winter

I’ve posted about my friends the black squirrels, and told you about our vacation – now here are some more shots that show that I’m proficient at clicking buttons in Photoshop. In other words, here are my attempts at being a capital-p-photographer. I use a Nikon 1 J3. It is a nice vacation camera, not too bulky and easy to tote around extra lenses. Though the focus controls are clunky, and there is no optical view finder, only digital. Anyway, enjoy the shots!

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