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bookshelf


I'm still cleaning. Just took a minute to post the photo of my completed bookshelf.

Next stop: making another one for Grant.
laurelin_kit: (fantastic! - fanta)
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Worked on the shelf again today. I had trouble spraying the clear varnish at first, and my dad and I were troubleshooting it for like an hour before resorting to a brush, and the minute I started that and my dad went to clean out the sprayer, he realized we just needed to dilute it a little. So an hour of troubleshooting and then fifteen minutes of spraying when it worked. Tomorrow I'm going to add one more coat to it, and then, hopefully, I will be done.

Making furniture is easy but it does require you put some time in. I see people posting about how they finish things in one weekend or one afternoon on Knock Off Wood. What the hell finish are you people using? And then I scroll down, and oh, of course, they painted. Because I only work on the shelves over the weekend, it can take weeks to get a complete finish. Polyurethane requires at least eight hours to try before adding another coat, and you sand it down in between. So if you ever wondered why it takes me so damn long to finish a project, that is why. I can't even tell you how many unexpected things delayed work on the shelf. But that's how it always goes. Theoretically it can be done in two or three weekends, but in reality it takes so much longer than that.

This is why I should be committed for planning to make an entertainment center next.
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Previously on my journal...

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FINALLY. I HAVE MY RECYCLING CONSOLE. I finished it like two weeks ago or something but my dad couldn't find a good time to haul it up here with his truck. But now it's here, it's beautiful, and all it needs is a pair of garbage bins to put in each drawer.

Also in this photo: my robot Easter basket, the leaf tray I got at World Market for $3, and my bar tray.

Projects

Jan. 24th, 2010 10:40 pm
laurelin_kit: (i like baking - nextlives)

under construction: my new recycling console )
laurelin_kit: (cycling - nextlives)
tortoise

My dad and I rescued this little guy from the gutter. We ended up taking him to a great park where he trotted off (after some minor prodding) into some palmetto brush. But beforehand, we got to take him home and let him scare the shit out of the cats.

Video )

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I finished refurbishing my bike this weekend. It took a day longer than expected, but we got it done. I painted the basket, the bike rack, the fenders. My dad and I took forever to put all the parts back together.

More photos. )
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Refurbishing my bike. It used to be a shiny forest green with some ugly brand labels and a lot of dirt and scuff marks. I bought this bike basket for the front, which I'm going to paint a very subtle off-white. I've got a rear bike rack that I'm going to paint the same color, and next weekend I'm getting fenders and a chain guard so I can quit catching my pant leg.

The frame looks so bare without all the parts on it, but without the wheels this is all that we took off.

P1010360

Such a sad little pile.

Unfortunately incredibly toxic paint fumes give me headaches. Who would have guessed?

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