I'm taking over the shop.
For the last couple of months I have been fascinated by the blog "Knock Off Wood". The woman who runs this blog breaks down popular (read: Pottery Barn) furniture into easy to read plans ready for anyone who is interested in buidling their own furniture for a fraction of the cost of purchasing. Kerry has also been allured by this site, and together we have no shortage of projects we would like to build. However, it wasn't until she posted THIS, that I actually felt inspired enough to go out and buy this:
Next I cut the wood down to the right lengths (or what I thought were the right lengths...more on that later).
Then I stopped and I waited 3 nights while Kerry and I worked out our schedules and found a time to build this bad boy. We wanted to learn together. Plus, I'm fairly certain that there is no way I could have done this without extra hands (more on that later too).
Today Kerry came over at 1pm, I quick threw all three children in their beds and threatened them with platefuls of vegetables should they decide to sneak out of bed. No. Not really, but I thought about it.
My kids nap from 1-4, so that gave us 3 hours to build the table. We lined things up.
We also may have jerry-rigged one board that wasn't quite fitting how we wanted it to. But, it is underneath the table and no one will ever see it.
This is why I'm certain I wouldn't have finished this on my own. Kerry was my human clamp. I mean, Rob's shop is loaded down with clamps, but my human clamp was able to measure and line things up. Handy thing, that sister of mine.
In just shy of 3 hours (including my trip to Lowe's and back), we produced this:
I literally dragged Austin out of bed, threw some shoes on him, and told him to have a seat. Doesn't he look happy?
Now I just need to sand it down, fill the screw holes with some wood filler, and paint it! I haven't completely decided on a color yet but Austin has given me several options. Ellie has given me one....pink.
I'm pretty proud of this! Kerry and I will be taking your orders shortly. There may be a small wait list. With our first project under our belt, we'll be taking over Rob's shop with all our "to build" projects we've been drooling over on Ana's site.