Life has thrown some pretty nasty hardballs at us this past year and a bit and my kids and I are starting to recover. We we’re sitting in our rec room (do people still call ‘em that? :-) and my daughter said it would be nice to have a coffee table in front of the TV. I’d been trying really hard to think of something we could all do together so I half jokingly said why don’t we build one. Lauren and Paul jumped on the idea.
We got out the tape measure and used Paul’s train table (as seen here http://220.127.116.11/FatherHooligan/blog/5303) as a starting place and to give the kids something tangible to get the idea if what we would be building. The above image is Lauren’s sketch of what the table would look like.
This is from a stack of cherry we’d bought way back when I first started this blog under much happier circumstance. We all sorted through the entire stack and selected the boards on their grain and colouring. There were many times I caught myself near tears at the smiles and laughter as we chose boards, measured and just generally acted like normal. I’m sure there are other dads out there who are laughing on the outside even while they are hurting on the inside. It was a joy and a surprise to watch my daughter select boards and excitedly remark on the grain and textures of the wood. Once I planed a bit off to expose the clean cherry she made the leap to being able to visualize what the board could look like under all the mill stamps and marks.
After jointing an edge and a face (they didn’t get to do that part!) my 6” jointer wasn’t quite wide enough for all the boards so you see Lauren block planing down the lip left over. Paul in the background is sanding off ridges left behind by knicks in my thickness planer blades. I’d moved the planer down onto one of the workmates so they could feed in and recover the boards…it was a three person job as we worked on becoming comfortable with the safety rules and safe operating procedures.
I am not entirely sure how we got to painting the bench but it seemed like the bench needed painting:-) Lauren is a big fan of the Geronimo Stilton series of books and is very fond of substitution codes ... the yellow heiroglyphs in the middle are a ‘code’ we’d use when words wouldn’t come…it reads ‘eye love ewe’ a phrase that is punny and silly but helped a lot, and still does.
Having fun scrolling: http://youtu.be/RifmLuDKszU
One of the ways we coped was learning to scroll saw together (I am extremely grateful for the scrollsawing tutorial Sheila L. posted here! That activity came at a critical time for us) here is Paul burning through some wood and healing just a little more.
I’ll hope to take more photos and post here as the project progresses, thanks for listening/reading.
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2