Hiking in the Uinta Mountains with my bestie and two littles
Hi all, I hope your summer is epic. Thanks for the emails and comments wondering where the blog disappeared to… I will be back when my rascals return to school in the fall. I have lots of projects to share and I also have lots of kiddos who take priority. See you all soon, have a safe and happy summer!
Now I know why people charge so much money for live edge tables. I’m so excited I’m almost finished, thrilled to see it in the home, but also excited just to be done!
I filled the holes with epoxy (I’ll talk about this later)
And trimmed the edges. One of the best parts of woodworking is that you smell delicious from shavings.
I am trying to decide on the base, need to finish the top and then… let the eating begin!
Before I start this post, I would like to apologize to my ancestors and many friends around the world that hand wash clothing. I’m ungrateful, I know.
I hate my laundry room. In all fairness I kinda hate doing laundry, so it’s only fair… It’s small, dark, boring and doesn’t use the space well. Here is what I’m working with:
The room is 8.5 feet long and 5.5 wide and has ONE cabinet.
It’s a builder grade room, barely. Yes, it’s much better than a closet or (cross your fingers) no laundry at all, I’ve lived in both scenarios with children! Still, these walls can do better. I’m enlisting your help. Here are the priorities:
- I don’t have a linen closet in this house, so I would like some storage
- I fold a lot of laundry in there so I need some counter space, I currently use the top of the machines as counter space
- I would looooooooooooooove (I mean really love) a sink
- Hanging rod is a must
- Of course cost is a major factor in all these decisions, if it’s expensive it’s gotta be really worth it
I have graphed four options for the reconstruction ( I do it old school like here) and I REALLY want some input. In the comments below, please let me know what you think! My sanity is begging you! (NOTE: on the layouts one square is 3 inches, on the front elevation each square is 4 inches)
Option 1: The easiest and cheapest
Option 2: expensive counter top replacement, could I squeeze in a sink???
Option 3: Lots of storage but small counter top
Option 4: I’m loving this, but it’s the most work and most expensive. Would it be too squishy in there?
P.S. One of my early posts was a video on laundry and Mother’s Day! Happy day on Sunday to everyone out there!
My continuing education teacher Sheldon is a rock star. He’s helpful, kind, and so knowledgeable. I haven’t done a lot of this true woodworking before, but he knows the ropes. After lots of work was done we assembled the table to inspect it before gluing. Because the table is two inches thick it was clear I needed reinforcement when gluing so Sheldon taught me know to keep the table level by putting in “biscuits”. Check out a biscuit joint tool.
My husband came to join in the heavy lifting fun this night and joyfully took pics because in our entire marriage (actually my entire life) I have never made biscuits before that evening. He was pretty excited– I guess there’s a first for everything.
After making biscuits it was time to glue. We decided to glue the project in two parts so when the two halves were glued it would be narrow enough to still run it through the planer. Glue and brace:
The project dried for a few days and then Thursday night class was a banner night. I hand planed and smoothed out the table for almost four hours. I planed. And planed. And planed. And you wanna know the craziest thing? I liked it. My arms a sore though, I’ve gotta be honest.
After hours of work using a jack plane, then a smooth plane, then a spoke shave (all new tools for me) Sheldon came to check my work. After careful inspection there was one part to fix but he said, “I am just proud as punch with the work you did tonight.” People, I felt so freakin cool, it was the best compliment ever.
Next steps, order the base from a welder (I wish I could weld!), then sand my arms off and then lacquer the beautiful beast. I am learning so much during this project that these posts are a far cry from a detailed tutorial, but, if you have any questions about the process ask and I’ll try to answer. Or at least I can ask Sheldon during my next class for you!