Let me say that I love my Keurig.
I can make one cup at a time. With friends we can have different coffees, and I can even grind and brew a cup using a refillable my K cup basket.
The Keurig is convenient, quick, and easy to maintain.
But there is a growing problem.
Recycling the K Cups.
- A foil or plastic top, sealed to the cup
- Ground coffee
- Coffee filter made of paper or hybrid synthetic
- plastic cup
In it’s entirety, K cups are not recyclable due to having different materials that are hard to break down. The only way to effectively deal with this is to break apart the k cups individually, and recycle each component, or send them to a facility that does this for you.
If you can’t be bothered, since convenience is the reason why we use store bought K cups in the first place, there are special services:
There is a commercially available tool to remove the lid; called the “Medelco Recycle A Cup K-Cup Recycling Tool“:
Thank you for reading this, and helping recycle some of the 6 billion k cups that are out there!
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The Last Word:
Best of luck with your Carpentry projects! Post pictures of your work so we can enjoy it too! -Alan
It’s all about Primary colors. As an example, mixing orange is a base of red with yellow copiously added.
it is good to understand the “Color Wheel” when you need a specific color. Here is an article on it:
All about Paint Color Mixing: Chart the Wheel & Mixing Guide – Artists network
Mixing Color Wheels for the Artist (9-1/4″) With a Creative Color Wheel (9.25 inch) circle with different colored sectors used to show the relationship between colors. – From Amazon; also available from artist supplies and paint stores.
My mother was an art teacher. She really emphasized the color wheel, and it was a great tool for understanding the primary colors and their relationship to all the colors. Her students became little Picasso’s!
When matching colors, you can bring your color wheel to a store, and get the paint mixed spot-on!
Here is a University of Tennessee bottle carrier I made for a friends birthday:
Color makes the project, and getting the color RIGHT, now that is just Over the Top!
May you have great success with you the Color Wheel! (My Mom would be proud – she was an Art Teacher in the NYC Public Schools).
Enjoy decorating, it makes your house a home!
Sometimes you need to cut loose – and you want to have a really cool place to do it; so you do what any self respecting carpenter does – you build a Tiki bar!
I had some treated wood left over from some projects, and some waferboard from a siding repair. Perfect for a basic bar! Plus I had some exterior paint and a set of casters, so the bar could roll out of the way. Here is the basic bar:
- Bar height = 42″ (pl;us or minus an inch or 2)
- bar width = greater than 36″ depending on available material
- Bar depth = greater than 14″, Top should overhang and be supported to prevent falling forward (see the “foot” extensions on my design)
- Bar stool height = 30″ or so
- Bar stool seat = big enough to support someone’s bottom
I have to admit I have a bias here.
If you are cutting LARGE sheets and have sawhorses (and a good “reach”), a track saw will be faster and easier than passing a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood over the blade of a table saw, and give a decent cut (provided the blade is sharp, with the correct number of teeth, and the operator is skilled).
For almost everything else, a properly aligned and set up table saw will do Much much more than a track saw. Here is my bias – I view a track saw as a “one trick pony”. I use an aluminium guide or a really straight board when I cut a plywood sheet. It’s fast and easy, and you can “dress” the edge afterwards. I also don’t have to store a single purpose tool just for these occasions – my skilsaw, guide, and clamps are easy to get to.
13 pointers for perfect plywood cuts – woodworking magazine
If you are cutting a lot of 4×8 sheets, the track saw can slow you down, compared to this baby:
Some of them even have a mount for a router, (or you can convert it), and you get very high quality cuts.
I owned a cabinet shop, and your plywood could slide vertically into this saw (it just takes up wall space), and you can stack the finished parts on a cart, ready for the next step
(banding/sanding/drilling). A decent panel saw costs more than a track saw, about as much as a good table saw.
Keep in mind that you have to determine what your shop does, when you consider the cost, and factor in any savings in time.
To Recap, either saw will cut clean if it has a sharp blade and is setup and used properly, but you have to determine your needs based on what you build. I have a bias towards the table saw and a good panel saw.
Best of luck with your cutting, and remember to wear a mask and eye protection!
–Dedicated to my Late friend, Thomas Adams.
Father Adam’s Irish Coffee Recipe
Irish coffee never appealed to me, until Father Adams himself explained that I was doing it “All Wrong”, and set me on the path to a righteous cup of Irish coffee, like a dram of Irish mother’s milk.
You will need
Irish Whiskey – Jamesons or equivalent
Irish Cream Liquor – Baileys or any good brand
Fresh brewed coffee, medium roast, without any flavors or adulteration (that means a plain cup of Joe)
Whipped cream – Fresh or from a can
Green sugar crystals – for decoration and “sugaring the rim”
Irish coffee Glasses – get a mess of ’em, invite your pals and kinfolk!
Wet the rim of the glass, and either rub green sugar crystals on it, or prepare without the sugar garnish.
Pour in a shot of Irish whiskey
Pour in a shot of Irish cream liquor
Pour in fresh brewed coffee, filling to about a 1/2″ (one or two fingers) from the top of the glass
Add a dollop of whipped cream to the top
sprinkle some green sugar crystals to add some color.
SERVE AND ENJOY.
I hope to have truly inspired you to create a drinkable dessert which will elevate you to a new level of respect and glory with your peers. Make yours an Irish Coffee! -Alan