Saturday, April 21, 2012

Real Man’s Work (pending)

I have a series of projects that I want to get done before the summer is over, and preferrably within the next month. How’s that for being ambitious? First off, R mentioned that N needs new shelves to put his clothes on. Say no more, I like making shelves, except this time around, I’m getting ambitious and am going to use my router. If you build a simple shelf, all you have to do is screw the lateral pieces onto the vertical pieces and you’re good to go. However, when you want to put a vertical divider in the middle, you run into the problem of fastening the shelves to the middle piece. You can’t screw them in unless you stagger the shelves, which is an option, but not as cool. Plus, routed shelves look nice. So I’m going to give a try, which at the very least should be interesting, if not amusing.

The second project is painting the interior trim white. This is mainly in the living room and study of our house. This sounds simple enough, but the wood is stained with an oil stain, which will require a special primer to cover it. After exhaustive research, I found one that is low VOX, it’s just a question of waiting for a warmer day so I can keep the windows open.

Finally, the last big project is finishing the front entry way. One of the big issues was the damage we did to the frame when we moved it. The door won’t close without a monumental amount of effort, rendering it unusable. My first thought was to replace that section of wood, then cut a hole for the door to grab. However, when we replaced the door knob, the new hardware seemed to grab much better, and the door works fine... for now. The things that need finishing are the floor and walls, both of which I think I can tackle, but we’ll see. It would be nice to get it done because it doesn’t look so great.

All this on top of my already busy life, but we wouldn’t have it any other way, now would we? Until the next time, thanks for reading.

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