Thursday, August 23, 2012


Oh yes, I did.

I was biking home from Valley Forge with a co-worker on Friday night and I got myself into a situation.

No, it wasn't the darkness and torrential rain that was the issue.  We made a pit stop about half way to relieve ourselves, and I pulled out my phone to check how we were doing on time.  *DROP*. I have one of those phones that you can dunk in water and drop off a six story building, so the phone itself was fine.  However, I opened it up to see that my 7 button was missing!


Now, I had already glued this thing back in a few months ago with some Elmer's glue.  While Elmer's may be sufficient enough to hold a kindergartner's popsicle stick house together, its not quite rugged enough for my phone.  Now that the button is gone, I can't seem to get my fat fingers into the hole very easily to type out all these texts to my friends! (ha!)

Should I join the real world and get a smart phone?  I'll admit: the next day Verizon pestered me with an email "Free iPhone" (Its like they knew I was sulking about my 7-less phone!)  It's a tough situation.  In all honesty, the smart phone has no place on the site.  Its like ordering a "wrap" for lunch.

Let's do what any do-it-yourselfer lunatic would do:  head into the woodshop.

(aka, my bedroom).

Pare a shim down with a utility knife to the basic shape of the "7".  Be sure to use an official wood shop table.  Sheetrock  bucket will do.

Now we're talking

Tolerances are decent

A little tit-e-bond, a little clamp-age...

An hour or so later... Voila!

I did this Sunday.  Five days later: this new improved "7" works like a dream.  In fact, I'm thinking I should just jimmy the rest of these buttons out and just go ALL WOOD!

For those of you that know me outside of my internet persona, this isn't my first rodeo.  Adding wood to something that simply should not have wood is one of my specialties.

Who cares? Wood is good.  Try writing an 'app' for this beauty!

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