Saturday, April 4, 2015

A simple hall closet - NOT!

Well, it really was pretty simple, I think it was that I was just really unorganized.  Two side pieces, pre-drilled for shelf clips, 4 shelves cut to fit, edge banding on each shelf.  Easy peasy, right??

Loaded up to deliver and install.  Carried everything up the stairs - I was sweating already (it was a hot day).  Went for my drill - Lo and behold, no drill.  I'd left it at home.  Now, my friend Rach doesn't live too far from me, but it takes me 15 minutes to get home, get the drill and another 15 minutes to return.   I placed one side piece, and realized that the box of drill bits and counter sink, and mollies was still sitting on my work bench.  I gave up.  Neatly stacked everything and told Rach I'd be back the next day.  I think it took a few days to get back there.  Drilled one hole (hoping I'd hit the stud!).  I think I did hit a stud - wonder of wonders.  Needed to countersink the screw, so went to back out my drill bit and couldn't.  The drill was stuck, no amount of pressure would get that thing to move.  By this time I'm so frustrated I just packed up again and said we'd find another time that worked in both our schedules and I'd come back with a drill that worked!  Well, it took a few weeks, but the job finally got done.  Screwed the sides to the wall using special drywall thingy's to hold the screws,(so I wouldn't have to worry about finding those elusive studs) trimmed the shelves to fit and, voila, one simple closet done and ready to be loaded up!
Thank God - I couldn't have made another trip home for anything else I might have forgotten!

Happy new home, Rach!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tables - I love them!

Yep, I like building tables!  You take this simple wood and cut it and nail it, and sand it and stain it, and suddenly you have something to show for your hard work, that is so simply functional, and natural and beautiful.

The base for this table is big and hefty.  It definitely looks solid.   

The pictures are darker than the final finish, which is close to tables made for their living room and entry - kind of white-washed brownish-grayish.

The base is the same color as the top, but you sure can't tell from this picture!
Table made with 4x4s, 2x4s, and 2x6s.  Amazing what cheap basic lumber looks like all stained and pretty!

The top looks almost natural here, but it really is a brown-gray color.  
I've made a few tables now.  I don't have a favorite, but I did like this one.  The pictures aren't great, but the Docs have told me they love it.

And, a plus:
I needed some really long clamps to glue up this table top.  And, some time ago I had broken one of my long clamps-don't ask me how, it's heavy metal after all- so it was out of commission.
Hmmm... what to do?  Well, I fixed it, of course!
  And, it works!!!!