Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Work in Progress...

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...

Bookcase

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.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome! My first thought was that it looks great...then, when I realized you had built it yourself, I was blown away!! What a great job you've done!

~Bonni

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work! You are sooo talented.
Love, Linda

Laughing Stars said...

"Books breed like rabbits" ... SO true! So do toys. :-)

I love ... LOVE your handiwork.

~*~The Family~*~ said...

Doesn't look very amateur to me, I think it looks absolutely wonderful. Amateur would be cement blocks and wooden planks!

Sandra said...

That looks great! I wonder if I could do something similar in our dinning room.

Mama Teaching 2 said...

I think you are the WOMAN! Wow! :) I too have a window seat idea for the boys room! :) I love yours.

Anonymous said...

Once in place, it looks so much more impressive than while in construction. You are an imaginative builder. I love it,
Dad

The Stone Age Techie said...

It's lovely! I have always wanted a window seat, yours is a real inspiration :-)
Karen

Inner Elder said...

Wow again! You amaze me. It looks great Tina. Enjoy it now. Love, Mom

Alison Kerr said...

I'm really impressed. I'm always in need of new bookcases, but unfortunately I don't have wall space left on the main floor of the house.

Did you use a plan for these? Can you provide a link or a book reference?

Jessica said...

Great job! I love your organization pieces. Makes me want to get my house up and going. Its been slow in the organization area since we moved.

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