This week I started a fun little side-project writing a DIY site for Lifehacker. (More on that later, but if you want to check out the site you can find it here: http://workshop.lifehacker.com.) Since I’m contributing a post a day– much shorter and less full of farm animals than the stuff you usually find here– I decided last week I needed to be a bit more regimented about my writing time. The plan was that Sunday at noon I’d lay off off building things, and spend that time writing about building things.
12:01 PM: Well, but just look at this pile of wood just sitting in my driveway. I should do something with this. And I do need a new stand for my TV (that isn’t hooked up to anything and doesn’t get any actual stations.)
Oh. Look. I might have just accidentally sketched out a rough plan for a console table.
12:20 PM: Okay, fine, I’ll just pull all of the nails out of this barn wood to get it ready to maybe build a console table with this week.
(We’re not even going to talk about the number of splinters I had to pull out of my own hands after doing this.)
12:45 PM: Since the wood is just sitting here, ready and waiting, maybe I’ll just cut it and sand a few pieces down to see how it looks.
Okay, shit, let’s rip these boards down too…
And sand them. Because why not?
2:00 PM: I mean, really, I’ve got everything cut and sanded, it’s not going to be that hard to attach it all with my Kreg jig.
Ohhhh, look who’s helping…
3:30 PM: Well, shit, I have half the thing together already, I might as well just finish assembling it.
3:30 PM: Okay, I’m done.
3:35 PM: I need a beer.
3:45 PM: Since I’m out here, and I have a beer, and I’m not (yet) bleeding from the mouth, I’ll just build the top of this thing. You know, because I’m almost done.
4:15 PM: Well then.
4:17 PM: I should stain it, right? Okay, I’m going to stain it.
5:30 PM: Did I just spend all the time I’d allocated to writing about building things… actually building things? That’s ironic.
Okay, also, this thing is not done. First off, it needs a bottom shelf. After that the whole damn thing needs a poly or wax to finish. I’m not sure yet if I’ll be adding casters to the bottom, but right now I like it as is.
Also, the lesson I learned this weekend is that I’m really bad a following rules. Even my own. But it’s hard to complain when I get a new console table out of it…