My first crude project

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My First Crude Project

Disabled 5 years ago, going insane because I have not been unproductive in 50 years, decided to prove to myself that I could still create something original with my hands.

Sabre saw, cordless screwdriver, 1X6 roughsawn cedar, basically. I can stand, walk with support, stand back and laugh.

We have an attached garage with a breezeway 56” wide, under roof, between. Wasted space.

I decided to build a modest, decorative drop-down (lift-up?) potting bench just to make a point.

My vision is shot, thank you diabetes, all tools have to be used one-handed. But I love roughsawn cedar!

Bench is 45”W by about 21” deep. Frame edging is ripped cedar, hinges are door hinges, did not know they were so sloppy used horizontally! Made them work, legs fold up on top of themselves underneath. Bench protrudes 3” from the wall folded.

Decorative backsplash used two 12” hand-made ceramic tiles from Sausalito, Ca from 1976. Yeah, I kept them all this time. Works well when I use the little tabletop grill, fits flush with the bench extended.

Drilling holes in brick is a PITA, but I only had a few to punch, and things to sit on while I pushed. (no hammer drill) Lead anchors and stainless screws seem to work well for everything here.

A quick coat of water seal before final assembly, should “gray-out” nicely here in the shade. Hoses off well, also.

My spring projects include modular wall-hung and free-standing roughsawn cedar planters, designed to fit standard 1-gallon plastic pots. Same crude work, same stainless screws, same basic tools.

Doing nothing hurts worse than doing… even simple things. :-)

-- The young mouse thinks he can bite the lion's tail because the lion is old.

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#1 posted 202 days ago

Nice job, I like your determination.

-- tsurra

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#2 posted 202 days ago

Outstanding work, no matter what you think.

I am not in as bad a shape as you are, but I have still had to find ways to do things differently after having my pelvis crushed a few years ago.
We are strong ad resourceful. No one can take that from us.

What you have accomplished should inspire us all to do all and be all we can.

Thanks for posting, and Welcome to the madness! Join in the fray!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 202 days ago

nice project and welcome to LJ’s…I to like your determination…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 202 days ago

That’s a pretty cool idea. Glad you didn’t give up on posting it. Welcome to LJs.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 202 days ago

Very cool, great job.

-- Dan Wilson - Red Wing, MN

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#6 posted 202 days ago

nice work mate it looks a treat. you finished the project (which i find is the hardest part, too much on the go at once i guess) and you should be happy with the result.

-- Out in the shed making curls

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 202 days ago

Very nice bench table…but it is not really finished until you fire up that grill and barbecue something…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 202 days ago

Super nice build, very handy shelf. Nice determination on this, in woodworking, with a little thought, you can do anything.
Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 202 days ago

Say what? First project? Can’t wait for the others, then. This is super. I’ll bet you love it more every time you use it!


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#10 posted 202 days ago

Nice work. Don’t ever give up!

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#11 posted 202 days ago

Do something or at least try to do something will get you feel better….
Nice work!

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#12 posted 202 days ago

Excellent job on the potting bench…whats next on the list.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#13 posted 202 days ago

I like it—great way to use an otherwise wasted space. Keep on keepin’ on!

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#14 posted 202 days ago

Nice work. Stay with it and keep on going. It’s a great hobby and will be very rewarding for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 201 days ago

Keep on trucking!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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