What happens when your in-laws tear down an old swing set, and give you a giant plastic green slide? Do you build a marvelous free standing fort in the back yard? No. You stick it on the deck. Hence…
“Father daughter time”
As a kid, two types of toys dominated my youth. Legos, and Star Wars action figures. Star wars figures pretty much peaked after the release of Return of the Jedi, my sister and i had quite the collection. Well, all except for AT-AT walker, which i never had, but my friend Matt had, and i totally wish i had it, he probably lost it or something, or it was sold for a garage sale, his parents were into that sort of thing. Oh where was i? Oh yeah, star wars. So we had a whole slew of these toys which i would pick up at the “Junk Store” a random toy warehouse down the road from me. Eventually my love for them wained and i got more into legos than ever.
Project 1: Code name… Sonja’s Bed
I settled on a plan i found online for a platform bed, cause why not make something fancy. Spent an entire nap session resizing it to twin size, (well, i did also catch up on the most recent episode of Heroes) bought a new planer, and headed off to Curtis Lumber for wood.
Suddenly I stepped into a new world of projects. Buying hardwood. Before this buying lumber meant going to the store, seeing the right size lumber, and paying what the tag said. WTF is Board Feet. There I was, at the counter getting a crash course in wood volumes, species and board foot prices. My head spinning in confusion, i settled on ash. Why ash, well, it’s cheap, sturdy, cheap, and not pine, oh and it’s cheap.
Step one, make the legs for the head board. Well this should be easy, take two peices of wood, glue them together, bam, done. Well, 90 minutes of cutting, planing, planing, planing, oh, plaining, and planing, i had four 3 x 1.5 in boards, ready for glue. Clamped one up and all glued, success. For today.
Oh and when Sonja woke up, I put her to work, cleaning up all those wood shavings. :)