|Project by ajw1978||posted 07-13-2014 08:24 AM||1268 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
My first “project” came about as a total accident. As my bio explains, I bought a new drill to put some shelves in our (her) walk-in closet. Old roommate managed a Sears, so got me a good deal on a drill, driver and saw combo. Told me I’d find myself looking for reasons to use them.
He was right.
My household CEO/COO/CFO decided she wanted a stand for all of her platers. Instead of buying one I said “oh, I can build one” with a little false bravado. But, I had seen a bench outside one of the bars on my block and it looked easy enough to replicate so … what the hell, right?
So… I buy the lumber (treated pine from Menards) and on the way home, I’m realizing that I probably went a little overboard, but it was too late to turn back so I got home and started cutting. Not remembering the “measure twice” mantra, I miscut the first 4×4 leg, but improvised and sliced and bludgeoned my way to something resembling a frame.
In order to measure out the top for proper spacing of the boards, I pulled up a chair to do some math and that’s when I realized “holy (bleep) ... it’s a Stammtisch (german bar term).” Finished the project and spent the rest of my summer fawning over my very first creation.
A year later, and armed with better tools, I’ve resisted the urge to disassemble and rebuild with proper measurements, cuts and design … I kind of like having something to look back on from when I started.
It’s not much, and it’s pretty sloppy, but it’s mine; I did it and didn’t need the old man to come over and bail me out. Pretty damn proud of it as a starting point.
But yeah … measuring. Gotta get better at this.
-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.