Toured Costco with an eye toward finding a workbench. No workbenches were to be found. I picked up a 12-pack of canned tuna but didn't see anything else in the entire warehouse I really wanted (the smoked salmon looked tasty but I won't eat it all before it goes bad) so I abandoned my cart and tuna and headed home. I made my first home-cooked meal today! Not much cooking involved: just poured a can of baked beans over rice Melinda had made a few days ago. Still, tasty, and it didn't cost $8 for the meal. Dinner, too, was at home, in the form of a frozen pizza.
After pursuing many dead ends for a workbench (Craigslist, but its search doesn't work well; Home Depot, but they don't know what "workbench legs" are; Sears, but they want $400 for a simple table) I went back to Halted and bought the tables (plural) that I had seen yesterday. I asked for, and received, a price of $50 less than what was tagged (and that was already $50 less than their original price), but opted for Halted delivering them Thursday, at a cost of $50. So, for $240 I'm getting two tables, taxed and delivered, arriving in about 12 hours at Doug's house. One table will be the work table, with torches and a need for heat resistance, and the other will be for non-torch work (perhaps for a kiln, for example). Now I just need to clean up Doug's garage to make room for it.
On my way back from Halted I stopped at Jo-Ann's fabrics to buy what I'd need in order to make a light tent: a structure for photographing glass art (or anything else smallish) that diffuses the light very broadly. I bought two lengths of backdrop cloth, a black satin and a red crushed velvet (the crushed velvet looks great), and two lengths of diffusing cloth (a yard of each of these four). After some thinking about how to build a structure to hold up the cloth and such it struck me to just use a plastic storage bin. $7 at OSH found me a very nice 12" cubic storage box. Open on the front, wrapped on all sides with one of the nylon diffusing cloths, and inside one of the backdrops. I held the backdrop in place with magnets, placed inside a box as a pedestal and it actually looks pretty neat, if I may say so myself. I took several photos of my and Melinda's most recent glass in the box and they seemed to turn out okay. I used two 60W lamps, one on either side, and a fluorescent lamp on the top. It's not perfect -- a photographer's studio would get much better diffuse light -- but good enough for any work I'm going to do.
I caught up on a four-day backlog of posting the blown glass work to flickr and ended the day with making some salad for lunches for Melinda and me tomorrow.
On deck for tomorrow: work at Doug's garage. Cleaning, removing cobwebs and active webs, making room for and receiving the workdesks. Research into torches and order a hose + regulator kit.