Ted Builds Stuff

My mom once commented that "Ted can fix absolutely anything." She's right. He can. Ted's pretty good at infrastructure design, construction, and maintenance. In fact, he's DAMN good at them and he has rigid standards for his work. To Ted, something is aesthetically pleasing if every part has a functional purpose, if it is constructed with precisely the right quantity of materials (no more, no less), and that its form is straightforward. For Ted, paint is a tool of preservation, so it matters that every spot requiring paint receives it in perfect measure, but the paint job doesn't have to be of a perfect appearance--and color is of little consequence in most cases.

These pages describe Ted's projects and methods.

Bug bag11/22/09 - On the glamorous east side of our house, next to the wheelbarrow, cat cage, and dog house (for the dog we don't have), Ted has built a modest structure for his all-terrain vehicle.

It's a simple wooden frame, with scrap plywood arches on top to shed rain (and avoid the complexity of constructing a peaked roof). In keeping with Ted's minimalist approach to life, there is not one inch to spare on top, bottom, or sides. It fits the ATV exactly. It's covered with a Wal-Mart tarp, neatly folded at the corners like the wrapper on a loaf of bread.

The flap drops over the entrance and is secured by drywall screws that hook through grommets at the bottom corners. Ted's quite pleased with the result.

11/29/09 - Ted equipped our Virginia house with laundry bins, designed for convenience. The idea was to have a bin for each laundry color type so I wouldn't have to sort the stuff before I tossed it into the washing machine. Ted used oak plywood to build three tilt-out bins. They sat side-by-side on a long wall in the master bathroom. The bins were covered by an oak plank that served as a place to stow gear while you showered and a place to sit so you could dry your feet after.