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Project by Keen1 posted 11-30-2007 06:58 PM 1544 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bookshelf was first. Didn’t know any better than to angle back the end of the shelf supports. You can see them under the shelves. Oh well it holds books. Next was the trundle bed. My daughters really wanted this bunkbed, but of all the ones we looked at, it was the only one that didn’t have a trundle bed option. Of course, I said, well I’ll just build you one. Easier said than done. I soon realized why they didn’t offer one. I had 1/4” clearance on each end. Had use use 1/4” ply on the ends reinforced with maple (I think, anyway it was scrap that a friend gave to me). The mattress is snug but it’s in there fine. Finally the Kitty condo, made totally from scrap except for the large sisal rope wrapped around the 4X4 post. Even the “Tunnel” was an old trash can that I cut the bottom out of. Once I get my workshop finished I hope to put some better projects on here. Anyone ever built a fooseball table?

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 11-30-2007 07:15 PM

ok.. that cat condo is amazing. I wish I was small enough to explore it!!! I want more pix of it to see all of the special features.

I like the bookshelf and the bed. Impressive.

So now you jump from a cat condo to a fooseball table?? WOW.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Keen1

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#2 posted 11-30-2007 07:17 PM

Oh one more thing! I promise the next project I post will actually show some wood. There is little to be seen on the condo, but it’s just oak veneer ply. The cat really likes her initial burned in there. I hate cats. The kids spend more time climbing on the thing than the cat does. Good thing I built it with that in mind. It may look top heavy, but it is very sturdy.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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Keen1

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#3 posted 11-30-2007 07:30 PM

MsDebbieP….

I’ve posted a few more pics here. Sorry none of them are really great though.

http://picasaweb.google.com/auburnfan93/Workshop02

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 11-30-2007 07:34 PM

Experience is the best teacher. The bed is especially nice! Now lay down that paintbrush and slowly back away…. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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SPalm

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 09:06 PM

Glad to see you posting. Yea!

Foosball might be a bit tough as people are pretty tough on them, but I can give you an air hockey table if you want. ;-)

You may hate cats, but I see you love children. That’s a fair trade.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 11-30-2007 09:16 PM

haha@ Charlie… that “p” word is bad bad bad

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Keen1

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#7 posted 11-30-2007 11:24 PM

Don’t worry, as I’m cleaning, I throwing away most paint brushes. Keeping a few for touch ups around the house and some cheap ones to spread glue. Don’t worry I’m sick of paint. Although, I do have a projection screen project on the list. But the painting there could be considering a work of art (if it turns out right), many layers from ultra white base to a shiny chrome back to white with some silver added and topped with a satin type finish. Gotten lots of differing opinions on that the top coat. Anything too Glossy creates hot spots or glare. Just enough adds some gain to the screen which I need since I have lots of ambient light.

Been thinking about that one for a while. What’s the best way to join 3/4 ply? Biscuits? The screen will be 120 X 62 or something like that. Bigger than the standard 48×96 sheet of ply.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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Keen1

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#8 posted 11-30-2007 11:55 PM

Don’t worry, as I’m cleaning, I throwing away most paint brushes. Keeping a few for touch ups around the house and some cheap ones to spread glue. Don’t worry I’m sick of paint. Although, I do have a projection screen project on the list. But the painting there could be considering a work of art (if it turns out right), many layers from ultra white base to a shiny chrome back to white with some silver added and topped with a satin type finish. Gotten lots of differing opinions on that the top coat. Anything too Glossy creates hot spots or glare. Just enough adds some gain to the screen which I need since I have lots of ambient light.

Been thinking about that one for a while. What’s the best way to join 3/4 ply? Biscuits? The screen will be 120 X 62 or something like that. Bigger than the standard 48×96 sheet of ply.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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SPalm

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#9 posted 12-01-2007 03:05 AM

Yes, biscuits or a spline if you don’t own a biscuit cutter. But sounds a bit unwieldy.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Zuki

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#10 posted 12-01-2007 03:18 AM

Foosball table . . . pretty ambitious. Now that I think of it . . . maybe a really nice project. Long dowels for the “rods” and use contrasting wood for the players . . . like purple heart\walnut and birch\maple.

Hmmm . . . start a blog when you get going on this one.

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clieb91

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#11 posted 12-01-2007 06:41 AM

Those projects look liek a great start in woodworking. Foosball tbale would be a cool project I’ve looked at plan for a pool table but I need little more practice first.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 12-01-2007 08:26 PM

Paint’s not a bad cover for ply and MDF. You’ll get pounced on if you paint walnut around here though, I’ve seen it happen. ;^D

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 12-01-2007 11:01 PM

yah. me too :(

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 12-02-2007 03:00 AM

Pat, pat.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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mot

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#15 posted 12-02-2007 06:39 PM

Ambitious projects for first time. Paint is fine!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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