My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #225: "The Project" part 2

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-14-2011 02:46 PM 3962 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must say, I am somewhat shocked. I don’t know why, but things are going quite smoothly and I don’t know what to think of it. We are starting day three of the project and so far I have no disasters to report. In fact, quite to the contrary. Everything is going well and I am very surprised how – well, nice – the pieces are looking.

I received several emails and personal messages yesterday, but other than orders, I didn’t really respond. If you were one of the people who sent me messages, I do apologize for that and I promise to get back to you today. Your words of encouragement and positive remarks were uplifting and very welcome.

We worked until about 9pm last night and still have a busy day ahead of us today. I did remember to take pictures along the way and I will share them with you here.

The first order of business was to install the hinges on the doors of the large cabinet. The doors are made of MDF, as are the sides and the top and bottom of the piece. The back panel is made of plywood (1/4”) which is surprisingly nice on both the front and the back.

From "The Project"

We added some additional bracing on the back of the cabinet with a piece of hardwood, which I believed was maple. And after installing the hinges and doors, we test-fitted the shelves. They fit perfectly! :

From "The Project"

The corners were all square and everything looked great!

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Even “Inspector Pancakes” approved!

From "The Project"
The shelves are of construction grade 3/4” plywood. They are lighter and stronger than the MDF and will hold up much better we felt. They were quite ugly, but after a coat of paint to seal them, I filled the top and front edge and then yesterday finish sanded them and added another coat of paint. and a couple of coats of clear indoor/outdoor semi-gloss varnish. The look really good. Just smooth and black.

From "The Project"

I spent the rest of my day sealing and painting the large cabinet. I applied two coats of sealer, sanded lightly, two coats of paint and then a top coat of semi-gloss poly. It looks pretty darn good I think!

From "The Project"

While I was doing that, my partner moved on to “Phase 2” – building the TV stand that will house his computer, the amplifiers for our speaker systems and the network devices for the computers:

From "The Project"

He worked on this – which seemed much easier after building the big monster – while I did the painting and finishing on the other piece. By the end of the evening, it was all assembled and was able to apply two coats of sealer on it.

From "The Project"

So all in all we are doing pretty good. The cats are being extremely well-behaved. The major black painting is done and nothing has spilled (yet!) or been stepped in or knocked over. Our goal here for today is to finish up the painting and we will be able to start loading everything up. The shelves are all thoroughly dry, as I finished them yesterday morning so they should be good enough to get everything in place.

It will be quite a task to rewire the computer network we have here. It is all very neat though and is just a matter of undoing all the ties and retying them together. I am quite excited about this project and it will be well worth the couple of days it is taking to accomplish. We are gaining a tremendous amount of space and it will really help our productivity a great deal.

In reading all of your comments of yesterday, I agree with you all who say you don’t need a lot of space to make things work and a pleasant environment. I have said many times before how much I love it here. It is quiet and clean and peaceful and my land lady who lives in the attached house is a wonderful, sweet person. She is a widow who works as a paramedic and is only home part of the time and appreciates having me as a tenant. Much of the time it is like having my own place.

When I lived in Digby, I had two crummy landlords that didn’t care about the tenants. One apartment had filthy sewerage running through the basement (I was in a first floor apartment) and the other apartment I was in was the first floor of a 100 year old house which was in decent shape as houses go, but the landlord used to rent to drug addicts who constantly had all night parties. I was living alone then as I was afraid to even call the police on them because of retaliation, as they knew I was by myself (or at times my daughter was with me) and I felt extremely vulnerable. It was a terrible time in my life.

So if this is what it takes for me to remain in my happy and peaceful life, than it is a small price to pay. The pieces actually look like “furniture” and are very acceptable.

I will take pictures today of the rest of the projects and post them tomorrow. All in all, things are really going great! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 02:54 PM

YOU DID GREAT! I have a room that needs cleaned out and organized- It has floor to ceiling shelves that are lovely but are FULL of my books. My kids keep telling me to throw out the books- but I cannot throw out books. I LOVE them- but I could use the shelves and the room for wood working if I would clean off the shelves? A philosophical dilemma. But all that aside, your shelfing/cupboards are wonderful and you will love them! They are sturdy and YOU BUILT THEM YOURSELF! It doesn’t get much better than that.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 02:58 PM

I’m impressed.

Now… Inspector Pancakes—you aren’t trying to move in on my “Shop Inspector” role, are you???

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 03:07 PM

Thanks RG! I also have many books that I never will part with. The bottom two shelves of the large cabinets in the bathroom are loaded with some of my painting books (and there are more still in storage in Chicago that i have to pick up one day!)

Ms Debbie – “Inspector Pancakes” is no threat to you! His interest span is quite short. Soon after the shot was taken, he was completely bored with the whole thing and took a long nap. They are all still confused because I moved their feeding dishes. Even though there is food in their bowls, they stand where the bowls are supposed to be an cry to be fed. Go figure! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 03:10 PM

Old habits die hard. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 03:19 PM

this is looking good
and ‘organizing’
sounds like something i’ll have to try

as you are the furthest east
you are up and running
before others are even awake
(except for a few of us old guys
that can’t seem to sleep to long)

i enjoy your posts in the early hours
and think i am ready to tackle
‘war and peace’ again now lol

thanks for giving us a chance to get to know you
and your work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 03:29 PM

Sheila, I’m sorry for not reading any of your posts in a while. I’ve always enjoyed them but for two or three weeks I have had terrible maintenance problems at the plant so have been just trying to keep up with the needed repairs and spend some time with my family and at 60 years old I ain’t getting any younger or faster. :) I stay logged in all day at the plant but about all I’ve been able to do is post on a few projects. I’m having a hard time keeping up with some of the things on LJs.

This cabinet is wonderful and it looks like ya’ll are doing a great job on it. The black will look very good and I think this will add a lot to organizing the space. You are always a very organized and creative woman. If I were as organized and creative as you are I would get three times as much done in the same amount of time. I enjoy your writing and your stories so I’ll try some how to do better in the future. :)

BTW, I noticed that you use Picasa. I’ve been thinking about downloading it to help with all of my pictures. Do you like it? Can it upload pictures to your computer from your camera? I hope you don’t mind my asking this here. Keep up the good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 03:46 PM

Sheila that is looking really good it’s very stylish in black. I must say you have a lot of patience with the paintbrush in any project my least favourite job is finishing I have to force myself to persevere & not rush I think I have a short attention span so I might start sending my projects to you. Anyway nice job both of you.
David I know what you mean I stay up ‘til 2am & get up at 6am

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 03:53 PM

not even one little splint or ding yet ….huu well done
I donĀ“t think I can make a pallet with out srewing something up…

have a great weekend both of you :-)


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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 05:01 PM

Nice job, even the paint looks good. I am an avid hater of paint,

but that shelf unit is real nice!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 09:25 PM

Looking good, Sheila. I make a point, as far as possible, never to get rid of books. So far I’ve been lucky. Hope your luck continues too.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 01-14-2011 11:12 PM

Well my friend, you inspired me today! I finally cleaned out the spare room that is downstairs! I organized my stuff into labeled storage boxes, threw a bunch of junk away and cleared off/covered up the 2 desks in there and made a work table (for painting not building.. they are mission originals.. LOL ) I have some adjustable shelving in the basement that are missing the through tenon type wooden wedges that hold them together, but I am thinking that perhaps I will cut some new ones out of dowel tomorrow and put the shelf together. I will put my finished projects on the shelf. For now everything is neatly arranged in boxes. I gathered up all my stuff from the kitchen, living room, dining room…. and put it all in the work room. I feel so good, but boy am I filthy. :) Thanks for the inspiration to CLEAN UP and get organized.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 01-15-2011 10:38 AM

rivergirl, I have job fou U!! :-))

Shelia, It is a shock when absolutely nothing goes wrong, isn’t it ;-) Sort of makes you woder if you died and went to Heaven, eh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 01-15-2011 03:34 PM

Thanks everyone for the encouragement! I didn’t get to answer yesterday because I was in such a mess.

@ Martyn – Yes, I hate to get rid of my books! I have so many painting and woodworking ones and I just love them. You can go back to them after a while and they are all new again, or you see something different in them that you didn’t notice the first time. I love them. Hopefully this will allow me to organize them and get them out of boxes where I will be able to access them much easier!

@Rivergirl – I am glad you are also so inspired! It IS fun to do once you get going. I have thrown out some crap and made room for what I need and use most often and it has been a great experience. I will be doing more organization today and hopefully be kind of finished. It is like having all new stuff to me when i can get at it and see it so much better!

It is really fun once you get going! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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