Well I live in a studio apartment and last night I decided to buy the tools and supplies to make some wood projects from home. The inspiration was the 2x4 project my teacher mentioned in class. What can you make from one or two 8' boards? I am not going to do that exactly but I am going to make my own projects more or less.
I am using what I learned in Woodwork Grade 11 and 12 at school - Hand tools, glue, dowels, and if I can manage it - tenons and mortices. Oh and I learned how to make tons of mistakes - this I learned on my own and not from the teacher.
After sleeping on some ideas for projects I woke up excited surprisingly.
The first tools are going to be a hand saw, cordless drill and drill set, coping saw, square and some clamps.
First project with that list was to slap a cabinet door onto a pair of old rails from Restore. The plan was to create a table that I could put on the record cabinet Deanna gave me.
Quick job to drill in four holes into each pillar and the same into the 'bottom' of the cabinet door. 7 worked but I was askew and ended up punching out. First project.
From there I glued some dowels into the holes and slapped it all together. Now I have a 18"x15" table for my printer and Xbox. Underneath I can put some supplies so my desk is a bit cleaner.
The wound from the punch out is hidden underneath and in the back but I was still proud. $12 and I supported Habitat for Humanity.
Next I planned out and started a shelf for my tiny kitchen counter. It will be two levels and cut at a 45 degree angle. The first part was to glue the planks together sideways and layout the angled cut. See first picture.
Tomorrow I will saw it and sand the edges so I have the two shelves. Next will be to manufacture the sides. One piece of spruce was $12.
Oh ya I forgot to mention that my first idea and project was to extend the shelves of my book shelf. Ended up just dropping a piece of plywood on the shelf so I have 10 inches of extra space on each side! Now I can put my plants or chess awards or whatever. :) For this one I went big and bought a $25 piece of plywood. Lots left over for the next project.
I wonder what I can make for record collection...