I don’t know how [these folks] can offer an Eames chair at the price they do, but I do love them. The clean, modern design strikes a chord from childhood.
Ohio Design, which is based in San Francisco, has created a desk that moves up and down, from sitting height to standing height and back again, using old-fashioned gears. The [Adler Table](http://ohiodesign.com/product/adler-table/) is very nice looking:
Here is a close-up of the gear arrangement:
The asking price is $1925.
Yung-Hsing has a section, or maybe it’s a chapter now, on Levenger in her book. I don’t know how we got to be familiar with Levenger now. It must have been back in the days of catalogs. When you would purchase something from L.L. Bean or some other slightly upscale catalog, you would find yourself receiving catalogs from all the other slightly upscale merchants. Levenger came at us with an assortment of pens and book cases. We could, at the time, only afford the low end pens. Now we can afford the occasional bit of furniture.
Yung and my mother teamed up this past Christmas to give my home study a bit of an update:
The matching rolling ottoman-filecart and small writing table work really well with the bench we picked at World Market. The bench, unfortunately, is presently home to a pile of receipts and other “inbox” things that is, fortunately, hidden in this image.
I couldn’t help but notice that Levenger is having a sale on the book cases that go with my current office furniture. [The Skyline bookcase is quite nice]. (You can even add a drawer to it!)
I should, I know, probably consider building my own bookshelves. (And I think I have an idea of what I want/need.)
This end of the year project was inspired by our aging cat who does not like to have his food next to the other cats, who tend to plunder it — because they are pigs and he is more of a snacker, and so his food dish is on the counter above the washing machine and dryer. The counter is higher than average, 43 inches instead of 36″. We’ve taken to keeping a chair there, but it’s in the way, and, well, chairs don’t belong in front of counters. The bench could also be handy for the rest of use to reach in the upper recesses of kitchen cabinets and for Lily, who likes benches and stools of all kinds.
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With these preternatural, because they seem so premature, hints of autumn hitting us, it turned my mind to the fact that there are a variety of house projects in need of, hmm, *completion*. Almost all of them involve simply painting and affixing wood molding. In the case of the bathroom, both floor and ceiling need some molding, as does the top of the tub enclosure. The kitchen needs toe kicks beneath the cabinets and new crown molding where we installed the new window.
All of this because the promise of cool weather means I won’t mind spending a weekend painting and sawing wood trim on the carport. And painting. And sawing.
As my mind lingered on wood trim and I sat, as I am now, in the study, I realized that the book cases I built for Yung could use some attention. They are functional, but not finished. They could use some layering of finished millwork to dress them up a bit. To do that and to make everything work right, I needed to slip an additional piece of one by eight between the current side of the book case and the frame of the door that leads to the living room:
It’s not readily apparent, but the house is just out of plumb enough that the seven foot fall from the top of the frame to the bottom results in a narrowing of the gap between the book case and the door frame by about a quarter of an inch or so. When I first installed the cases, I was very focused on their being plumb. Only later, after they were already loaded with books did I realize that simply matching the extant, and sufficiently, plumb line of the door frame was the better idea. I had largely overlooked the discrepancy both because I didn’t feel like unloading the shelves in order to hammer on the bottom of the cases to shift them a quarter of an inch and because really, no one ever noticed. (I hate admitting that I actually used that as a reason.)
But now I, as I considered finishing out the cases, not only did I have a practical reason for setting things if not straight then parallel but it was a detail that kept nagging at me each time I passed through the door. But I was stuck with the reluctance of not wanting to unload 54 feet of shelving (2-foot shelves x 27 shelves).
I thought about a hammer. The standard hammers in my tool bag were simply too small. I would make a lot of noise and not get much movement.
So I thought about a bigger hammer: I could borrow a sledge from Gerard or someone else. But would I have enough room to swing it in the span of the 32-inch doorway?
I decided to try a low-tech approach. I sat on the floor, put my back against the wall, and pushed with my feet against the book cases.
But something about the idea of pushing like that stuck in my head and as I walked away to consider my next option, it dawned on me: use one of the jacks from our cars and let the efficient, and relatively easy, transfer of power achieved by the turning of a screw do the work.
But would it work?
What you see in the photo is the jack from my truck. 2 x 8s at each end spread the pressure out so that I don’t leave a mark on any surface. A 2 x 4 completes the span and two miscellaneous pieces of 2 x materials keep the jack and the 2 x 4 aligned. And, yes, I did realize that the two by four my jump up from the pressure, which is why I stood on it while I turned the jack. The result?