When time allows and the creative juices are flowing I enjoy making sawdust. You know, buying some wood, cutting it this way and that, and then piecing it together.
Here's some of the projects I've completed in the past:
1. Built-Ins for Living Room, November 2011
2. Cat Tree #1, August 2014
3. TV Stand, April 2015
4. Vogelmonster Baseball Card Box, November 2017
5. Bat Rack, December 2017
6. Cat "Tree" #2, April 2019
The TV stand, card box, and bat rack can all be found in my man room. My work isn't the most ornate, but it's mine and I love it.
I think what I enjoy the most is the planning process. I spent more than a handful of nights last month drawing pictures, running through measurements, and starting over from scratch when a new idea hit.
I started and finished this piece, another one for my man room, during this winter break from teaching.
Here's what I was looking to replace in the man room: my end table.
Here's what I started with:
The next step was to drill the holes for the screws to join the boards together.
I've used this Kreg jig tool before. It's really easy to use and helps hide screws so well.
After cleaning the workroom up it was time to stain, and sand, and stain again. I really dislike this process, but wife kept encouraging me and I'm thankful she did.
I spent this past Sunday afternoon assembling the end table.
Here's the before and after. I found new homes for my softball glove and the other items you see on the old end table.
The binders in the front are designated for the ones I reach for the most. In the picture (top to bottom) is my Vogelmonster binder, my Kerry Wood binder, my 2016 World Series binder, and my Sandberg binder.
The five slots on the back are empty right now, and now there's also four vacant slots within my card closet. That means there's room for NINE more binders! For those of you wondering, my HOF binder is taking up one of the two slots in my TV stand, which is quite the prestigious location.
I'm very pleased with this project and I'm looking forward to playing with my binders and eventually filling those holes!
Very very impressive! I can’t do anything like this, so I really respect those who can.ReplyDelete
That's hard to do! Good job!ReplyDelete
That is a fine looking end table there! And so functional! Well done.ReplyDelete
Awesome job! I bet collectors all over the world would buy these custom end tables for their man caves. I know I would.ReplyDelete
That looks great!ReplyDelete
That is a fantastic design and execution! I've made attempts at things like that once or twice, but my lines never seem to be parallel at the end. There's always something that's way off.ReplyDelete
I love these kinds of posts! Your table looks fantastic, and the fact that you can fit ten binders in there makes it just that much better.ReplyDelete
Impressive. I'm pretty sure that if I tried my hand at this kind of project the shelves would all be crooked by like 1.2 degrees and it'd bother me to the end of the time.ReplyDelete
I'm guessing the older end table has also been put to pasture to meet it's mate in the table afterlife?
Nope, I think my wife may re-purpose it for her ever growing collection of houseplants.Delete
I'm glad that you reported the softball glove found a new home. I was concerned. You're rather handy. I'm envious. I tend to measure twice, cut five fives, at least.ReplyDelete
I think what's best is the trip only required one trip to the hardware store. Usually it's three or four!Delete