Well, I have started on the paid bookshelf job. This one is unlike jobs before in that I have a deadline that I have to meet. It is really stressing me out because there are still too many unknowns. Every time I get started on a job like this I say I will never do it again. Then, when the time comes, the income I can gain from the little work gets the best of me and I end up doing it again. And, I end up saying I’ll never do it again. I have a friend who told me once that when a hobby becomes a job, it becomes work and not fun. How true that is. I will enjoy very little of the shop time that I have between now and September 1.
On the lighter side, I have finally got a footboard layout for the boys bunk beds. This is one project that I will really enjoy. My 4-year old has been wanting bunk beds for a while now. Every time my wife and I talk about getting a new house, he says he doesn’t want a new house unless it has bunk beds. The design for the footboard is pictured below.
This is going to be a real joy to build. Especially when it comes to seeing the look in my son’s eyes as he sees it coming together. I know the CPSC does not suggest top bunk sleeping until 6, but we are going to at least try it. The two year old is going out of the crib and onto the bed. I am going to build the bed as a blog series, so hopefully all will enjoy the process.
Since I posted the image, how many of you think I will need to steam the top cap to get it to bend. I am planning on it being 1/2” thick maple with a groove routed up the center to house the top rail as well as to help make it thinner for bending. The groove will be 1/4” deep. The height of the arc is 2”. I think I can remember Norm doing something like this at some point in time. I will just have to experiment to see. This may be a good reason to set up a steam box. That is something that would come in handy with my chairs this fall.
Well, more later. I have to get off the computer. More laborious work on the bookshelves this weekend.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA