Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Phase one: First posting.

Though I have enjoyed reading the blogs my wife does, I never even thought about doing a blog for me. One of my hobbies that I wanted to post deals with furniture building.

There are so many things I enjoy about wood working. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting down and planning a project, putting it onto a scale drawing, then constructing it according to the plan. Here are the pictures of projects I have built.

This is our kitchen table. It was the first furniture project I built in our home. It is 4 ft. wide and just over 6 ft. long. I built it by using newel posts for the legs. I do not have a lathe and do not want a lathe. I used a sheet of plywood for the top and then used pre-finished flooring as the top. I put an edge band to hide the edge of the plywood and the flooring. I used a hardwood skirt and added crown moulding between the skirt and table top.

When the time came to glue the pre-finished flooring to the plywood, I couldn't figure out how to clamp it. I thought I would just put some weight on it. So, I got some boxes of the tile we bought. (I ended up tiling the house later in the year). I started loading the tile on top of the table top, and before I knew it, I had put 17 boxes of tile around the perimeter and also on the center. I realized that it was quite a bit of weight, so I weighed one of the boxes. It weighed 70 pounds!! Total weight: almost 1200 pounds! I am confident in the structural integrity of the table.

I finished up by painting the skirt, moulding, and legs with a semi-gloss paint that matched the chairs we bought. (Building chairs requires more tools than I have).

I have mixed emotions as I look at this picture. For Jeanette's birthday, I built her an entertainment center. I actually bought the TV first, then built the entertainment center around it. I have to say this is the most difficult peice of furniture I built. I am pretty proud of it. Then, the TV died. I went from a 36 inch screen back down to a 27 inch screen. I believe we are supposed to upgrade. Fortunately, I built it where a 42 inch flatscreen will fit in it. Hopefully, before too long, I will update the blog with good TV news.

When Jeanette and I were about to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversery, I asked her what she wanted. She told me she wanted a headboard. We had lived our entire marriage with just a bedframe. Being a typical guy, I didn't really care about it, but she wanted something to dress up the bedroom. We went down to a local furniture store to get an idea of what we liked. (When I say "we", I mean Jeanette). The head board had a couple of design features that she really liked. The crown moulding at the top and also the flutes in the posts really caught her eye. This headboard for a king size bed cost $3000.

I used the furniture store headboard as inspiration, and built a headboard out of material I had in the garage. I think I had to buy some crown moulding, an aluminum angle iron, and some paint. It cost me $30. That is one of the other things I love about building furniture. I get exactly what I want and I save a fortune.


Jeanette said...

I am a lucky lucky woman to have a husband so talented! Thanks for making our house a home.

lynette said...

You have a blog... who knew?!
Also, when are you going to post six random Jim facts? I still remember you've been tagged.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful headboard. I stumbled across your blog looking for plans for a headboard, and really loved yours. Any chance you'll share your secrets?

Either way, I've really enjoyed reading your blog. My husband has been trying to talk me into doing one, but I haven't given in just yet. The loving way you describe your emotions for your wife and children are admirable, and lacking in so many families nowadays. Most of my friends have been divorced and continue searching for all of the wrong things. I feel truly blessed for the love I share with my husband. We've been married for 4 years, dated for 2 years before that, and were friends for 1 year before that (I refused to be more than friends with him in the beginning, but he persisted and I gave it. Thank God I did!).

Anyway, thank you for the afternoon entertainment during an otherwise boring and slow day at work. Take care!