Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2015

Kitchen bench

We bought a nice, loungy corner bench for our kitchen about 6 years ago from Möbelum. Very solid construction, all solid beech. Sadly, the faux leather coat startet to disintegrate a few month ago.

Not ready to buy a new one, and in the certainty that a professional job would cost more than the bench, we bought the material to make the new coving ourselves.

The material we bought is a brown course weaved mix out of linen and polyester, coated with Teflon for added dirty resistance. We bought about 10 square meters.

My father has some experience with furniture coatings and together we got the work done, stretched over 3 evenings and mornings (maybe 8 hours in total).

The result is better as one could expect, seen that neither of us ever did such a big job. We messed up the top connection between the short and the long piece (folded each side the other way round), buts thats mostly it.

The really tricky part was the corner and I think we did that admirably! :-D

Sonntag, 28. Juni 2015

Dienstag, 2. Juni 2015

Don't park here

The janitor at the MuMaLab is a real nice guy. He's helping us all the time. So when he asked me for two shields to put in front of his parking lot, I put some effort into it.

It's lasered into yellow acrylic and mounted with some spacers over an aluminium plate. The acrylic glows when illuminated by UV light, looks awesome in sunshine. At night the aluminium reflects the headlights.

Freitag, 29. Mai 2015

More space

After thinking about it for three years, we finally got around to install a wall mounted shelf in the living room. It's a Vitsœ 606 and I love how configurable and easy to install it is.

I configured it myself, but the interior designer at the Vitsœ shop had lot of helpful suggestions. I suggest to everyone not to take their offer to set up the shelf for you, because you will miss out on the joy of experiencing good design firsthand. It was really fun building this.

Sonntag, 26. April 2015

Star lamp

I found an old box full of brass stars in the trash. Found out, super glue really works well with them...

Thanks to LeaderBrat for the nice, antique stand.

Montag, 20. April 2015

Wooden staircase.

If that seems familiar, then have a look at the last post on this blog. ;-)

We got the laser cutter in the Munich Maker Lab to work and I tried large scale engraving for the first time.

Its MDF, about 45x30cm and took 80 minutes to engrave and cut.

Samstag, 10. Januar 2015

Triplet ceiling lamp

A lamp made out of three Hella fog lamps ('Hella 1NL 008 090-821' to be exact).

The lamps are mounted upside down and are adjusted to light the ceiling but not the wall. They are nearly parallel to the ground but still only light the upper part. So you can see the exit point of the light but it doesn't dazzle.

The 12V transformator is contained in an Ikea Blanda Blank metal bowl - perfect fit.

A learning: Do not use speaker cable for anything that gets hot! I had this mounted 3 month ago, but the isolation of the speaker cabling melted and shorted. Thankfully I was in the room and could switch it of before everything went to hell.

Downsides: Gets horribly hot, draws just under 300W, really expensive (around 150€ in parts)

Freitag, 2. Januar 2015

My 31c3 watch list

I went to the 31c3 and watched a lot of awesome talks. Here is my list of good stuff (still expanding):


Too Many Cooks - Exploiting the Internet-of-TR-069-Things

SS7: Locate. Track. Manipulate

Mobile self-defense

Gefahren von Kameras für (biometrische) Authentifizierungsverfahren

Vor Windows 8 wird gewarnt

The Perl Jam: Exploiting a 20 Year-old Vulnerability


NSA: Tell no-one

Inside Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg


What Ever Happened to Nuclear Weapons?

Mit Kunst die Gesellschaft hacken

The Cloud Conspiracy 2008-2014


The Only Thing We Know About Cyberspace Is That Its 640x480