From the archives

Reinforcements arrive (John Hong)

11 October, 2008: John came by this weekend to help with the truck. Above and beyond to have his help like this, and well appreciated as I’m coming out of my 5th 18 hour day in a row. Here John is cutting a template we were thinking we would use to bend the bar that supports the bottom of the… Read More

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2am working sessions

9 October, 2008: Here I am preparing the tables for the slides and finish coat of urethane. I wanted to have these channels cut before applying the finish to ensure everything had a water-tight barrier. These were a lot more tricky than I’d expected. Without getting into the details, due to the way the supports were cut at the body shop,… Read More

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At my parents working on the truck

8 October, 2008: I’m back at my parents this week getting the work done on the truck. Look at this rough picture. I love the way the windows become a frame for the scene behind the truck. It’s great. You look from outside literally through the truck to the other side. Thanks Jinhee for the back window suggestion, I’m just… Read More

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Salads hit the menu

18 May, 2009: Salads are here. And rhubarb. And granola. Thought I’d post the menu here for advance ordering: order@cloverfoodlab.com In the near future you will find the menu in the sidebar everyday. Read More

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First stage of counter preparation

8 October, 2008: The first step in preparing the counter tops was “production sanding” them. A production sander is something I learned about over at the Hobby Shop at MIT. It’s a cross between a sander and a planer. Basically it can take rough wood and make it smooth and create two parallel surfaces. This is a great machine for… Read More

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Modern Plastics

8 October, 2008: If you’ve been following our progress you know that when faced a problem we discovered the awning system was going to take a while to figure out. The truck has two enormous holes in the side. As a back-up plan I figured we could cover the windows with some sort of “storm window.” I figured we’d need… Read More

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Clover from a dream

8 October, 2008: This might sound funny, but this logo is from a dream. Don’t worry, we’re not going to use it. But I thought the story was funny enough to share: I guess I’ve been a bit anxious about logos. So last night I was dreaming that I was at this place where they had an old Clover coffee… Read More

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The awning in action

5 October, 2008: This is it folks, our awning is coming together. I got back to Western Mass around 1pm today to work on this. We went to Home Depot first to pick up a garage door (only way to get the rails fast). But Home Depot Greenfield doesn’t sell garage doors. Down to Springfield. First to a Sears that… Read More

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Clover video/ photo studio

20 November, 2017: That pop-up thing has had some amazing highs (Grillos, the wonderful FoMu, Union Donuts, and the cash for warhol stand out in my mind). But it takes a ton of management to do well, and I just don’t have somebody to put on it. We’re focused on other things (we’re growing 40% or so right now!) I… Read More

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Cutting a perfect 1″ radius round end on plywood

4 October, 2008: We’ve been puzzling about how to cut the radius on the ends of the plywood. I came up with this simple jig shown above. Basically I just put a stop on the bottom of a plywood board, left a bit of room, and ran it against the sander until it was just short of the sander band.… Read More

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Ribs

4 October, 2008: I spent 3 hours today with John at the MIT hobby shop, and a few hours before that collecting pieces and parts. We’re using marine plywood, it’s just like regular plywood except the glue is waterproof and will not warp, and it’s more expensive. There’s  this fantastic plywood place in Somerville, Boulter Plywood. They have everything and… Read More

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Joints

3 October, 2008: Thought I might prototype the joint. This took me about 10 minutes over at MIT. John, Jinhee and I were expecting Phil to take this on, he’d told us such. But after 3 weeks of waiting I decided to do it myself. Functional, I’m not totally happy with the lateral strength, but it works, is fast, and… Read More

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Berkshire Lumber

2 October, 2008: It’s no secret that my counter tops take their inspiration from Northampton Coffee. I love that place, and in part the level of care and energy that went into creating an environment that reflects the spirit of the place. Example: no art on the walls because the coffee is meant to be the art. Researching their counters… Read More

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Halloween Clover

30 October, 2009: This is the Clover team, Halloween 2009. We had fun (it is one of my favorite holidays). Costumes all around, some spooky menu items (goblin’s fingers that tasted a bit like rosemary french fries), spooky music, dried ice spiked green lemonade. And of course, free cupcakes. We’ve never made (and given away) so many cupcakes. Many of… Read More

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Awning story

2 October, 2008: John Hong (architect) is having trouble getting any fabricators to take on this project. Uhg. The drawings look beautiful, but everybody is busy and nobody wants to get stuck with something new/ unproven. John’s at the point of calling quits on the awning. I think we should give it a go. I told John we can do… Read More