Quirky Furniture Made From Doors

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By Alyssa Davis

It can be challenging to find just the right type of furniture for an eclectic home. In many cases, you may end up making your own furniture from salvaged wood or other materials. A door is often overlooked when choosing salvage materials, but it works exceptionally well when creating quirky furniture. With a handsaw and some nails, you can transform an old door into a new masterpiece.

Dining Room Table

Have you ever wanted a long table, but just could not afford one? Instead of lamenting, salvage an old door and turn it into your new dining room table. Start by sanding the door and then staining or repainting it. Screw in table legs that are pre-made and can be found at most large home improvement stores. A piece of glass that has been cut to size can be placed on the top of the door, and viola! You have an almost instant table for a fraction of the cost.


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You may have seen headboards made from upholstered plywood and such, but doors also make excellent backdrops for beds. Stand two narrow doors side-by-side to create a tall, vertical look, or position a door on its side across the head of the bed. A shiny, new finish of paint or stain can be added, or you might opt to leave it looking shabby and chic for cottage style appeal.


Much like tables, desks can be made from old doors. Start by measuring the length needed and cutting the door to size. Use the extra, cut pieces of wood to create a pull-out drawer for a computer keyboard or a shelf along the back of the desk. If the door’s surface is uneven, you may want to put a sheet of glass or Plexi-glass over it to create a smooth work surface.


Transform that old door into a bookshelf by adding two narrower doors to either side of it, and then nailing some wooden shelves in place. The door’s sturdiness makes it an excellent choice for providing support and stability to the shelf. The trick is to be sure that the shelves are securely fastened and anchored to the back door, as well as the side doors.

Storage Bins

Measure out the panels and start cutting that old door up into pieces. With four sides and a bottom, the door can become a strong, sturdy storage bin to hold magazines, gardening supplies, or just about anything else you need to store. If you are planning on using it for items that might be wet, put a few coats of shellac on the wood to protect it. You may even want to put a plastic liner in the bin to prevent the wood from warping.

There are many different types of quirky furniture pieces that you can create from old doors. The only limitation is your imagination. With some clever thinking and a few tools, your new piece of furniture can be created from an old, architectural gem.

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Charlottetown, P.E.I. residents rally to support restaurant

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The owners of the Noodle House Restaurant of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada were overwhelmed by community support Tuesday when the restaurant overflowed with customers, cards, flowers, and personal pleas to not leave the province.

According to CBC News Prince Edward Island, the recent outpouring of support occurred after Tommy and Lina Ko, the restaurant owners, announced they would close the restaurant and leave the province following an incident two weeks ago, when groups of up to 200 teens from two nearby schools surrounded the restaurant, pelting it with snowballs, and threatening the Kos. Charlottetown Police Chief Paul Smith told CBC PEI that his force is ready to take whatever action is necessary to crack down on the behaviour and last week started videotaping over lunchtime when most of the misbehaviour has taken place. Police noted that they have received complaints from other businesses, pedestrians, and drivers in the busy “fast food alley” and intend to seek co-operation from the schools in identifying the main culprits.

However, a CBC PEI story from October, 2002, reported the Kos asking police to do more to stop the littering and other vandalism in the area including having signs smashed, windows broken, and fireworks set off in front of their restaurant. At that time, Deputy Chief Richard Collins told CBC PEI: “You can’t have upwards of 1,500 to 2,000 students in and around that area at dinner hour and not expect for some of them to misbehave,” but promised to continue patrols and try to teach the students respect of property.

Tommy Ko told CBC News that he was overwhelmed by the support this week and in thanks put on a surprise free buffet, though customers insisted on paying anyway. Nevertheless, after fighting the harassment for some five years, the Kos say they still are not sure they want to stay.

2012 Olympics clash with Ramadan

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Muslim groups from across the world are criticising the organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that the games will take place over Ramadan. The most holy month in the Muslim calendar, which will take place from the 21 July to 20 August in 2012, involves fasting during daylight hours and will affect an estimated 3,000 athletes.

Joanna Manning Cooper, spokesman for the games said: “We did know about it when we submitted our bid and we have always believed that we could find ways to accommodate it.”Nevertheless, this will come as a huge embarrassment for the organisers who have tried to ensure the event involve all of Britain’s ethnic communities.A quarter of the athletes who took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics were from predominantly Muslim countries and the fast will put any athletes involved at a clear disadvantage.

The chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Massoud Shadjared said: “This is going to disadvantage the athletes and alienate the Asian communities by saying they don’t matter. It’s not only going to affect the participants, it’s going to affect all the people who want to watch the games.”

The president of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, Togay Bayalti, said: “This will be difficult for Muslim athletes. They don’t have to observe Ramadan if they are doing sport and travelling but they will have to decide whether it is important to them. “It would be nice for the friendship of the Games if they had chosen a different date.”

The games will run from the 27 July to 12 August to coincide with the British Summer holidays. The summer holidays are a six week period running from mid July to early September. During this time, public transportation is generally less crowded and it will be easier to find the 70,000 volunteers needed to keep the games running. The International Olympics Committee has specified that the games must take place between July 15 to August 31. Giselle Davies, IOC spokesperson said, “We give a window to the five bid cities. The host city selects the dates within that window.”

The organisers are working with the Muslim Council of Great Britain to find ways around the problem.

Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.


  • 1 Costly expansion
  • 2 Programming and entertainment
  • 3 Audience
  • 4 Art show and dealers
  • 5 Charity and volunteers
  • 6 Local impact
  • 7 Related news
  • 8 Sources

Australian copyright laws to be overhauled in 2006

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005The Australian Federal Government has indicated that it will overhaul copyright law in 2006. The changes will legalise the recording of television shows and the right to transfer CDs to portable music devices.

The reforms, instigated by Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock aim to add “fair use” clauses for personal use.

A spokeswoman for Mr Ruddock said the Government was close to finalising draft laws which would allow people to copy music from CDs legitimately to their own portable music devices and tape television to watch later.

At present both “time shifting” (recording a television show to watch later) and “format shifting” (copying a legally owned CD to another format such as MP3 for play on a portable device) are illegal in Australia. While the Australian Federal Police do not pursue offenders, it still must act upon every complaint.

It is unknown whether the new laws will force a levy on blank CDs and portable music devices as they did when the laws were introduced in Canada.

At least four dead and hundreds of homes destroyed after week of wildfires rage throughout Texas

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Parts of Texas have been scorched by sweeping wildfires this week. Officials state that a wildfire which swept much of central Texas this week destroyed at least 1,400 homes and forced about 5,000 people to evacuate to safety. An official with the Texas Forestry Services told news sources on Thursday that much of that fire has been contained.

Officials have speculated that this fire alone has destroyed more homes than any other wildfire on record in the state. Officials are welcoming dropping temperatures, stating this will increase their ability to fight the fires effectively. A converted DC-10 aircraft was recently made available to fire authorities, but cannot be used until Friday as workers still need to time to prepare on-board equipment.

One of the two fatalities in the central part of the state has been identified as Michael Troy Farr, 49, who died at his home. Earlier in the week, a woman and her infant died in a related blaze that quickly engulfed their home located near the city of Gladewater, located in the eastern part of the state. On Thursday, officials warned that East Texas has become the center of wildfire activity in the state.

At least 170 wildfires have ravaged much of the state over the past week. On Tuesday, a thick haze of smoke enveloped the city of Tyler for several hours, forcing school officials to cancel all outdoor sports activities. Since late 2010 the overall devastation of wildfires in the state is estimated to cost at least US$216 million (£136 million,€157.5 million) in firefighting expenses. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, David Dewhurst, who is the acting governor in Governor Perry’s absence, indicated he will ask the federal government to declare Texas a major disaster area. President Obama has also promised to provide needed assistance to local officials.

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Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

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Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”


  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources

USPTO partially confirms validity of Amazon “1-click patent”

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an office action, which confirmed the patentability of claims 6 to 10 of the Amazon 1-Click patent, US 5,960,411. The patent examiner, however, rejected claims 1 to 5 and 11 to 15. Amazon now has up to six months to amend the rejected claims to overcome the examiner’s rejection, provide arguments to demonstrate that the examiner is in error and/or provide evidence to demonstrate the patentability of their claims. During this period, the entire patent is still considered valid under US patent law.

The USPTO is reconsidering the patentability of the claims due to a request for reexamination filed by New Zealander Peter Calveley. Mr. Calveley used internet archives to show that defunct company Digi Cash used a similar technique prior to Amazon. Despite costing a substantial sum of cash and requiring donations to prepare and file the request for reexamination, Calveley said he did it as a game and hopes that his success inspires others to play the same game.

“One Click” shopping is an ecommerce technique, which allows a customer to purchase products via the Internet without repeatedly entering personal information such as name and address. At the time it was introduced it eased the frustration of on-line shopping.

Amazon filed the patent application for 1-click shopping in early 1997 and was granted the patent in September 1999. 23 days later Amazon sued rival Barnes & Noble for alleged infringement by its “Express Lane” ordering which was introduced in 1998. In December 1999 Amazon won an interim injunction against Barnes & Noble but the USA Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted this injunction in February 2001. The parties then settled their dispute for undisclosed terms. Amazon has since successfully licensed the technique to other e-sellers such as Apple.

Learn About Your Home’s Water Heater

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byAlma Abell

Your home’s water heater is relatively simple, but its simplicity won’t keep it from eventually developing problems. Knowing how your water heater works, and how to handle issues that arise, can help you avoid problems that are more serious.

Wait….Where’s my Water Heater Again?

Many people completely forget about their water heaters, unless there is a problem. It’s usually a case of “out of sight, out of mind”–your water heater is likely in an out-of-the-way part of your home, and in most cases it does its job without a fuss. However, forgetting about them can be a mistake.

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Worst-Case Scenarios for Water Heaters

Unlike some parts of your home, when a water heater fails, it sometimes doesn’t quit working completely. In some cases, you can find yourself dealing with gallons of boiling hot water, or you could even have a fire, explosion or release of carbon monoxide. It’s important to pay attention to your water heater–have it inspected each year, and have it regularly maintained by a professional.

The Basics on Water Heaters

Most water heaters are simple, and they have changed very little in the past half-century. However, they have undergone some refinements, and today’s water heaters are more efficient, last longer, and are safer. All heaters convert energy into heat, transferring that heat to your water. A pipe supplies cold water, and pipes also take hot water to your home’s appliances and taps. There are different designs available, but most water heaters in the US use a holding tank fueled by electricity or gas.

Safety and Maintenance

There are certain procedures you should follow to keep your water heater running safely, such as:

* Having regular inspections. There is glass on the inside of your water tank to prevent rust, but the outside of the tank is vulnerable. Watch for flaking paint, leaks and corrosion.

* Periodically draining the water heater’s tank to remove sediment, and asking a professional to test the thermostat and pressure valve to ensure safe operation