The shop #4: A first - a "Daddy Day" in the shop!

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Blog entry by scottb posted 02-16-2008 07:20 AM 1123 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My little one (5) was excited to work on a project or two with me for her room. I was hoping to keep her entertained enough to draw or something, while I spent some time, hopefully, finishing the stripping job on her closet door. (I spent a few hours on that yesterday, got more done in the first 1/2 hour than the following 2.5, but that’s another blog.)

When the room was ours (and I’ll have to search far and wide for a real before picture), the entrance way was a little tunnel – as defined by the red lines. You see, an earlier alteration to the floorplan moved the entrance from the current Master Bedroom, to the closet of the adjoining room. Approximately a 6’ wide by 2’ deep space, but they turned into a tunnel, blocking off the sides and top with drywall. It wasn’t until we moved an outlet that we discovered the “wasted space” in the wall that was totally finished, floor, drywall (or plaster), and paint. Odd.

Eventually I knocked down the drywall, a few studs, and opened up the entryway, turning the remains of one side of the boarded over closet into built in shelving.

Our bedroom would have had two closets – if not for the room switch. Not that this was a bad proposition for a girl to grow into. I always planned to put in custom shelving on the opposite wall. A nice spot for the TV, books and such. Now that we’re talking about downsizing, I’m less into customizing and more into finishing what I’ve only taken to 70-90%.

With the demolition of that wall, there was an exposed heating pipe, where the baseboard register went from one room to the next. After nearly five years, I decided I’d finally get around to “covering” it. So this morning we went down into the shop, and built a pedestal for her current (white melamine prefab – no I didn’t buy it) bookshelf to sit upon. Now you can’t see the ugly pipe and it looks more like an intentional custom built in!

I still have to make a grill front to conceal the pipe at the worm’s eye view (you could still see the lathe if, say you fell) but from anyones normal vantage point It looks great. I think I’m also going to take the cardboard” back off the bookshelf and attach something made with beadboard to further enhance the custom look, and perhaps attach a real wooden top. But for now, it’s complete enough for me. One more think off the to-do list! (a stale item on the to-do list at that.)

Good job Sweetie, thanks for your help. We’ve filled in a previously unused corner of your room, cleared up some floorspace (made room for your closet door) and earned a “coffee” break. (Lets not count the times we went up and down two flights of stairs).

- You might have noticed, among the sketches, measurements and such in the first picture, she was drawing her cocoa and marshmallows. Even as excited as she was to spend part of the day “working” with me, she still has her priorities. ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 02-16-2008 08:05 AM

I have a 5 year old who loves to design and build projects too. We had decided to make a loft bed so he “drafted” the entire thing down to the turned legs and paint scheme using crayons. To give him a feel for design, I modeled it in 3D AutoCAD. (Mechanical Desktop) He turned to me and just said “Why dont you teach me this computer game so I can design the bed myself” I guess having two mechanical engineers as parents has him wanting to know CAD early.

Nice job wrapping up the honey-do list. All that and you still have the long weekend to play!


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 02-16-2008 08:20 AM

Good Stuff!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-16-2008 10:59 AM


This is a nice blog. I am glad to see you involved your daughter in these projects. I am sure that she enjoyed helping you as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-16-2008 01:16 PM

question: did I read it right? You are depriving your daughter from having a second closet? One that she could dedicate to shoes??

Tim: that’s awesome—teach me that computer game

Keep passing on the woodworking skills, parents!! Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-16-2008 01:58 PM

There’s just something about having the little ones around while you’re building stuff, isn’t there?

Good blog :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 02-16-2008 04:20 PM

yep, you missed that Deb. We “found” unused space on the floor plan, and turned it into a built in closet shelving.

Previous owners eliminated the closet by turning it into a passageway. and sealing off what could have been useful space.

I still know there is a “dead zone” under the attic stairs, was going to be a roll out for the computer junk and all it’s accessories – BEFORE we got the laptop.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 02-16-2008 04:46 PM

Yeah, but you lose the laptop every time you stand up… looking good, especially the hot cocoa.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 02-16-2008 04:50 PM

Yeah, she liked using the “tool mug” on her break.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-16-2008 04:52 PM

Love her look too, she looks like Snoopy in his World War II flying ace get up..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 02-16-2008 06:42 PM

I’ll bet it’s slightly harder to lose a pencil when it’s painted up like your daughter’s. Great post and pics, Scott.

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

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#11 posted 02-16-2008 06:59 PM

Nice pics and blog Scott. Someday she’ll be able to build her own stuff with the knowledge she learns now. Looks like she has some good industrial saftey goggles, good practice.

-- Joel Tille

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