From the archives

A solution to Home Depot runs

10 September, 2008: You’ve found yourself stuck in the trap: you’ve got some sort of little project, and you find you’re spending more time driving back and forth to Home Depot than working. Well, I’m sure some of you have a level of experience and planning that allows you to get it right the first time, I don’t. So I… Read More

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Tent poles

8 September, 2008: I’ve been talking to John and Jinhee (Single Speed Design) about awning designs. I’ve long loved the way simple tents look (see above), and we’re looking at these as possible references. Tetsuya Ohara, who leads up technical fabric and materials at Patagonia is kindly offering us advice. Tetsuya used to work for a sail maker, which is another source… Read More

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WARNING: This is going to be a boring post

5 September, 2008: … but if I don’t write it down I’ll forget everything. And I know this will be useful to others someday. I was always skeptical when people said things like “you’re going to have to deal with licensing” as though it was a huge hurdle. I was wrong. Here’s a summary of the city and state licensing… Read More

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Who sold Enzo that spray paint?

15 July, 2010: We’re growing. You’re going to be seeing more stories like this one. Efficient operations have been important to us from day one, and we’ve been constantly experimenting and improving. But with the new truck (completely new floor plan), larger volumes, and larger staff our procedures are more important than ever. This is about making sure the food… Read More

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LP tank installed

4 September, 2008: I’ve been having trouble with parking this week. Last week the truck was getting the ventilation installed. Next week the body work will take place. This week I’m babysitting. So I decided to pull into the Home Depot parking lot this morning and install the LP gas tank. I figured I had everything I needed (generator, etc.) and could… Read More

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This truck is vegetable powered

3 September, 2008:   For those interested in the details, here’s a quick summary of how these vegetable oil conversions work. Apparently the diesel engine can run on vegetable oil just fine, so long as it is (A) the right temperature (~150°F), and (B) doesn’t contain water or particles. It seems that (B) has more of an impact on the… Read More

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Running on oil

3 September, 2008: Today I drove the truck down to Walpole, MA to meet with Mark at SVOlink (formerly alt energy oasis, www.svolink.com). Mark used to do vegetable oil conversions of diesel engines and now focuses on processing and selling vegetable oil. He took the time to show me his box truck conversion, his processing facility, and talk me through… Read More

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New banner for blog

2 September, 2008: So this is still a stand-in for the real logo for the food lab, but I’m sort of digging the lettering on the truck. John Hong (SSD) was commenting on how it’s sort of a neat effect, and I think I’m liking it too. Possible direction for the type for the food lab? I like that it… Read More

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Mike saves the day

15 May, 2009: At 1pm our generator ran out of juice. we’d never had that happen before, guess we’re serving up too many sandwiches, or getting breakfast up too early, or both. With 15 customers in line we had to think fast. I thought Mike, one of our customers, might be able to run an extension cord from the shop… Read More

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3 types of step van rear doors

1 September, 2008: I’ve done a ton of research into step vans. Over the coming week I’m going to post it here for all you curious about Grumman, Utilimaster, and P-30s. Getting us started I thought I’d put up a quick note on types of rear doors I’ve seen. We’re trying to decide how best to treat the back of… Read More

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Meeting with Single Speed Design

1 September, 2008: I met with Jinhee and John of Single Speed Designs today. Phil, who is going to handle the design/build joined us as well. It was a ton of fun. I talked too much, gave a tour of the truck, and asked some questions. John and Jinhee showed me some of the ideas they have been working through.… Read More

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For the side of the truck?

29 August, 2008: What do you think of this for the side of the truck? Comments welcome. Here’s an older one. This image dates to the day after I first thought of the food lab idea: Read More

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Broken toe

29 August, 2008: See that big toe? Last night I dropped the LP gas tank on it. I think it might be broken. Anyway, it kept me from surfing this morning. I guess this is why people wear steel toed boots. I was actually looking at some the other week but couldn’t find any not in leather, so didn’t buy.… Read More

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Clover fries

12 December, 2008: Some of you were lucky enough to have your food photographed before we handed it to you today. I realized I should have been doing this all along. Posting this today I realized I never gave you the story of the fries. Now that we know they are a hit I don’t have to worry about influencing… Read More

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CLOVERFOODLAB CAMBRIDGE, MA

29 August, 2008: I couldn’t pass inspection without the name of the business, city, and phone number on both sides of the truck. This lettering has to be 2″ tall. Since the entire truck is going to get torn apart and re-built in a few days, I kept this simple. These letters were $2.48 for a package from Dickson Brothers.… Read More