Not well #2: Better now and some good came of it

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Blog entry by Andraxia posted 12-17-2008 07:53 AM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wednesday afternoon and I am having a lay down on the bed. It has been a very productive couple of days.

Yesterday I drove to the local hardware mega mart store called Bunnings. I purchased some small MDF (about 2’ x 4’) to make an alternative present for my Mum. I was still feeling a bit seedy so decided to forgo making Kitchen Cupboard doors for Mum’s birthday.

Mum is on the pension and to supplement her income she goes to garage (yard) sales and buys up Lego bricks and makes up toys to sell on eBay. The consequence of this is there are boxes and boxes of different Lego bricks all over the house.

So whilst I was laying in bed fretting about what to make mum it struck me that a mobile chest of drawers with lots of compartments to store them in. It did not have to be flash as it was not a ‘show’ piece so I could make it out of MDF.

Anyhow I have made the carcus and the shelves and glued and screwed it all together. Tomorrow is drawer making day which again should be easy.

It is 4’ tall x 2’ wide x 2’ deep. Has (or will have) five smaller drawers but very long with compartmental dividers and 4 large drawers that are quite deep, two shelves for storing instructions.

I am not going to have time to paint it so that can be documented as a ‘feature’ (my IT background showing through).

I wish I could find my camera box so I could charge my camera and take pictures. Also need to show off my new workshop.

Things I learn’t:

1 – Never trust the hardware store (even pre-cut MDF) to have uniform sizes – I knew this but forgot – blame it on my illness.
2 – I really need to finish building my main workbench.
3 – Kids can be a great help – BUT tend to ask questions when you are working out in your mind measurements.
4 – When you have a charger for a device – make sure it is labeled and in a safe place.
5 – Shopsmith’s have a wicked kickback.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 04:43 PM

Hello Belinda – I hope you find your charger soon, so we can see pictures. Sounds like it will be a great present for your mom. I’ve never used a shopsmith saw, so I don’t know about their bad habits, be careful please. I should be posting a piece here soon, a black version of that last mirror I put up. These were pieces I had in storage.
talk with you soon. – Dan

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 05:51 PM

Your mom should be really pleased with this thoughtful gift.It’s always nice to have your craft supplies in one place.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 06:17 PM

Wish you were feeling better! Try not to over do it and take it slow and easy!

Your mom is sure lucky to have a daughter like you. Can’t wait to see the chest of drawers!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-17-2008 11:12 PM

Shopsmith’s have a wicked kickback

Hopefully you are all right?!?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 12-24-2008 05:50 PM

Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery. Remember rule number one: Work safe!

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Don Newton

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#6 posted 12-24-2008 06:11 PM

Be safe! In the past when I didn’t complete a gift project I presented it to the receiver as their oppurtunity to offer input for the design. Of course then I went and made it the way was going to in the first place!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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