Part 3 – Making the Oak beam coffee table

May 8th, 2006

You’ve read articles 1 and 2 in this series and you feel you’re ready to have a go at the work. Well, you’ll be pleased to know its actually quite easy. The most complicated part is planing the rough wood and ending up with a nice flat surface, so how hard can it be?

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Part 2 – The things you’ll need to make an Oak beam coffee table

May 2nd, 2006

Early in 2005 we saw one of these in Guildford. Quite liking the design but unwilling to pay the price we decided not to buy it. After some pondering I decided that I’d like to have a go at making my own and given that I had a lot of the equipment necessary I knew I could do it for a fraction of the price.
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PHP – Writing to an Access .MDB database using a DSN-less connection.

April 30th, 2006

Hot on the heels of the last article on READing data from an MS Access .MDB database file comes the eagerly anticipated sequel: “Writing to an MS Access .MDB database using a DSN-less connection.”

What a snappy title! 🙂

Here goes then. You will of course remember from the last lesson how to make the DSN-less connection to the database. No? Well here is a refresher:

//Set up the connection
if (!$conn = new COM(“ADODB.Connection”))
exit(“Unable to create an ADODB connection”);
$strConn = “DRIVER={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}; DBQ=” . realpath(“mydatabase.mdb”);
$conn->open($strConn);

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Part 1 – Thick Oak beam coffee table teaser

April 29th, 2006

Save yourself £200 on a thick Oak beam coffee table. Take a look at these pictures and come back later to see how its done.

Three Quarter view of the table
3 Qtr view of the table.

Grain at the end of the beams  End of the table
A view of the ends showing the grain in the wood and the splits caused by the wood drying out and a close-up view of one chamfered end of a beam. You don’t want to keep catching clothing on rough bits.

PHP – Reading an Access .MDB database using a DSN-less connection.

April 29th, 2006

So, you wanted to create a bit of dynamic content on your web site but you were too cheap to pay for that hosting package with the free databases were you? Well you’re in good company then!

Here I’ll show you how to read from an Access .MDB file when running on a Windows host web server using PHP.

Firstly here is a bit of code to get you started:

// Set up the connection
if (!$conn = new COM(“ADODB.Connection”))
exit(“Unable to create an ADODB connection”);
$strConn = “DRIVER={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}; DBQ=” . realpath(“mydatabase.mdb”);
$conn->open($strConn);

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Hello world!

April 29th, 2006

Hello everyone! From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, so the saying goes. I suppose I have to start somewhere with this site.