Archive for April, 2012

Work Table

April 20th, 2012 | Mike

Work Table built by Terra Amico installed in the Create room of Oddyssea Half Moon Bay - Explore. Create. Discover.

It was a busy day at Oddyssea today in Half Moon Bay. First and foremost, the new work table for the create room was delivered around lunch time. It’s got a great zinc top that will be very durable and came along with 2 comfortable benches that are aesthetically very pleasing.

We had a little Keystone Cops routine happen as we attempted to get the table through the front door. This necessitated a quick trip to the hardware store to get the right drill bit to remove a few bolts and take the foot pads off the table. This provided enough clearance to bring the table in. Thankfully, the table is made from sturdy stuff and the minor disassembly doesn’t seem to have any negative impact on it.

The table and benches were built by Terra Amico, specializing in fine wood work using salvaged material. We are very pleased with this piece and are anxiously awaiting a few others we’ve asked them to help us with. We can’t wait!

This morning also brought the first real interaction with the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce. We met the team and shared the Oddyssea concept with them to an enthusiastic reception. Several good, pragmatic ideas were suggested and many introductions to other businesses in the area were undertaken. I left feeling very positively about how the Chamber will work with us to make Oddyssea a success.

The bid on the back flow prevention valve that is required by the Coastside County Water District is underway and seems like it will be relatively minor once scheduled. There is a hand sink that I installed in the create room – actually, a better term would be mounted as neither the water supply nor drain are yet connected. That’s a task for tomorrow.

Today we filed the application and paid the fee to have our shop inspected by the Coastside Fire Protection District. They do a once over to make sure that we don’t endanger our customers or ourselves with fire hazards. The inspection will happen next Tuesday.

Also, our first real shipment of inventory arrived (the cheap novelty bits) which created great excitement for Spouse, Daughter, and Daughter’s Chum. Being Earth Day and all, it really hit me exactly how much cardboard and plastic we’re going to need to recycle as we receive, process, and refresh inventory. Good thing we have a truck!

And Another Light

April 14th, 2012 | Mike

Bathroom light at Oddyssea Half Moon Bay - Explore. Create. Discover.

In an earlier post I indicated that the lighting in Oddyssea was complete. And that was technically true in that “all areas were lighted.” However, I was in the bathroom (not available to the public) and noticed an opportunity for another funky light.

So, I built and installed one this week in between milling and staining lumber for the apothecary counters.

This one is a standard UL rated socket that has been roughed up a little and had its surface treated. It’s attached to a short piece of conduit and a connector were an electrical junction is insulated and hidden. The conductors are in a twisted configuration and were wound in excess copper braided wire I had from a prior task. The conductors and wrap are secured by another connection which is anchored into the ceiling box and covered with a piece of metal.

This was a short, fun project and the Edison globe bulb really makes it pop.

Cabinetry 101

April 13th, 2012 | Mike

Before
Apothecary Counter with original ugly kick board.
After
Apothecary Counter with new oak kick board
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Here’s a little before and after on the apothecary counters. Not bad stain matching for a color blind guy!

I made the kick boards from white oak that was first stained with a Red Chestnut color and allowed to set for 15 minutes before wiping off. The second coat was Ebony which was also allowed to set for 15 minutes and then removed. The piece was sanded and then coated with Satin polyurethane before being installed on the cabinets with small finishing nails.

The shape of the base required it to be a 2 board operation. I started off with 1×8″ white oak which was ripped to the right height of 6″, then milled that piece with a router to get the correct edging. The remnant was then milled to 1.25″ and also edged with the router. All of this happened before the stain and finish clearly.

For not being a carpenter, I sure am learning how to get some of this stuff done and to my surprise, I think it’s looking pretty good. What do you think?

The balance of the day today is on products for Oddyssea; which is a very fine thing to do on this Friday the 13th.

Create Room Lighting

April 11th, 2012 | Mike

Create Room lighting at Oddyssea Half Moon Bay

I realized that I hadn’t posted what we did for lighting in the create room. With the 14′ ceilings and the exposed joists, beams, and HVAC, it was an interesting challenge to come up with something that looked “right” while providing the correct illumination for the tasks that will happen in the room.

In the end, we chose to install 8 separate lights each dropped 4′ from the ceiling to just below the bottom of the roof joists. The fixture is a standard galvanized steel industrial shade with 100 watt clear halogen bulbs. As you can see from the photo, it turned out nicely.

It took some time and effort to get the conduit into the correct positions and connect everything up. I can now recommend without hesitation laser leveling tools. This helped in 2 dimensions, the first was in positioning the drops for the lights on a nice grid. The grid was first laid out on the floor and the laser was then positioned at the right spot on the grid pointed at the ceiling and that’s where the fixture was placed.

The second dimension was in making sure all the drops were at the same level from an eye perspective. Since the building is old and not square, just cutting 4′ drops and trusting it to look right didn’t work. So I mounted the laser on a wall at drop level and then used the projected line to align the shade drops at a consistent height above the floor and to themselves.

Unlike the track lighting which was a nightmare, this project was actually kind of fun. So, lighting is complete (as of more than a week ago – just reporting it now.)

No Picture Post

April 9th, 2012 | Mike

Why no picture? My posts always have pictures (at least I try.) That’s because most of what I’m working on is not photogenic at present. Inventory. Fixtures. Product Designs. Forms. Yes, Forms. And more Forms.

Filed for our Half Moon Bay Business License and Alarm Permit today. That was fun. Still have the sign stuff to go.

Cleaning. The whole family is cleaning fixtures that are on site. Did a little reconfiguration today decoupling a tall glass doored cabinet and an apothecary counter. The resulting design looks and feels MUCH better.

Daughter, who had this day off as the remnant of spring break, complained about spending her day in the store cleaning things. Until she was paid by Spouse (brilliant.) She now wants to do something tomorrow (we’ll see about that after homework.)

Doing some non-store paperwork too as I’m about to embark upon some consulting over the next few months to help the cash-flow situation out. You can never have too much cash flow! It seems that there are 2 gigs I’ll do concurrently (developer related and open source software related) and one possibility for (platform/apps related) still pending. I might grow to like this as a way to have a bit of variety.

If we get things cleaned up and the minor carpentry work done, I’ll share a photo on my next post. Now, back to Inventory. And Forms. Etcetera.

The First Batch of Fixtures Arrived!

April 5th, 2012 | Mike

First fixtures for Oddyssea in Half Moon Bay

The first batch of fixtures we purchased from a local collector rolled up in a big rental truck yesterday. There are five pieces in the batch including 2 apothecary style counters, a large cabinet with glass doors, a small glass display case, and a hardware cabinet (think like a small library card catalog.) Click the image right to enlarge.

We are delighted to see these pieces in situ -> they have started to fill the shop in a good way. We have some cleaning and minor reconditioning to complete before they are ready for service. Boy, do they look good just being there!

The team that brought the furniture out was efficient, had a good sense of humor, and got the items in place safely (without injuring themselves, the articles, or the store!) As a bonus shop warming gift, the collector threw in two ship’s wheels of different sizes we love and will find a good use for. Things are progressing nicely.

Next up is the work table and benches…stay tuned.

Oddyssea Construction Complete

April 3rd, 2012 | Mike

Oddyssea Shop in Half Moon Bay Construction Complete, no fixtures

We identified the physical space for our shop in Half Moon Bay, California in January, 2012. We started talking about the project in early February, 2012 when the renovation got underway. Now, April 2, 2012, we have completed the renovation of the physical space (with lots of expert help on the floors, electric, framing, plumbing, and phone/internet.)

Spouse, Daughter, and I were roaming in the space this evening enjoying the fruits of many people’s hard work and dedication inclusive of:

The flooring company, the HVAC company, and the drywall company (landlord engaged, I don’t know their names, but they deserve special mention for the great results.) The electrical contractor – Bowerman Electric (thanks Steve & crew!) Katja Rimmi for color selection. Larry Mohr (and associates) for painting execution. Rob Genovesi who installed the phone and internet from Coastside Net. Bill Mahar from Alain Pinel Reality who helped us navigate the lease and associated documents.

And last, but certainly not least, Paul & Mary Bettencourt. The Bettencourts own the entire building which houses Cottage Industries, an apartment, and our new store. Paul & Mary didn’t behave as landlords, rather as partners in helping us shape the space and ready it for our new venture. We couldn’t have gotten here without their active support and contribution to the finished space. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

We’re now fully in fixture and inventory mode. We expect the first shipment of fixtures to arrive this week. It’s a great adventure and we can’t wait to share the new store with anyone who wishes to visit! (Once we open our doors for business ;-) )