So last Friday I finally started a project that has been in my head for years. I don't know about other people, but when creative inspiration hits me, I need to see it through, otherwise it keeps hitting me until I do. It's madness for me.
Originally, I wanted to make built-in bookcases and a windowseat. Hubby preferred I didn't build it in (some day he plans to pull up the linoleum and put in a nicer floor) so I had to rework the plans in my head for freestanding units. I have one more bookcase to make. It's a pretty simple design, I'm only an amateur carpenter. This is my work so far...
Notice how quickly it's filling!
Things I have learned during this process:
-Seven year olds are useful for grunt work like holding the wood up while I cut it and sanding. Sierra also helped varnish it.
-1 x 6 planks are not. Apparently it's too hard to call them 3/4 x 5 1/2.
-Sawing wood is difficult in humid weather.
-On the plus side, I lost a few pounds and my shoulders are rock hard.
-The triangle is my best friend.
-Sometimes making a new piece of furniture leads to other projects, like mending the holes behind the old bookcase, and learning how to match wall paint when you realize the paint you saved has dried up.
-Books breed like rabbits.