||[Oct. 26th, 2011|06:48 am]
Building furniture seems to have become my new hobby. It has engineering, and a certain amount of art, and physical exertion, so both my body and mind are actively used. Plus, it has power tools. I'm surprised it's not more popular of an activity.|
Alas, because I live in a tiny apartment, I can't use my power sander or circular saw without taking everything down and setting it back up outside (which isn't going to happen, basically), and I don't have space to get a table saw, which would be really useful. As it is, I have to have the wood cut at the hardware store. But this does make me plan things out more carefully, which is good, and I can still use my drill.
So far, I built a bed, which I wound up giving to my nephew (Alice refused to get on it. It's four feet off the ground), a set of shelves (oddly sized and a little rough-looking, but functional), and I'm almost done with a more reasonably-sized bed that Alice is ok with. It's a platform bed with four storage bays underneath. The panel to hold the mattress is held up by a |-|-| of 2x10s. I still need to put some moulding on some of the edges, to build the headboard, and to stain it, but I think we'll put it in place tonight, and glue on the moulding later. The headboard can come when we finalize the design (I left space for it to be connected, and we don't have the space and ventelation combination for staining it right now.