Really? Nothing going on but a lousy picture a week?
Posted by joeabbott on February 3, 2013
I look back on the blog here and see that it’s been taken over by my “photo challenge” pictures. While it’s a fun diversion and something I find interesting, yes, there is more going on in my life right now than that. Unfortunately, not a tremendous amount.
Last week I worked from home on Friday as I was feeling a spot under the weather. Nothing much came of it but this weekend, it hit hard. Suzy was feeling a bit low on Friday and skipped our “date night” movie. Within a couple hours of her saying something, I found myself with a headache coming on and starting to sniffle. Saturday I was achy and within arm’s reach of a tissue box at all times and today, Super Bowl Sunday, I’m set for just sitting in front of the tube watching some football. And not by choice … although, it wouldn’t be a bad choice if it were.
I did get out on one errand yesterday: picking up a sheet of bamboo plywood. It was mostly because it wasn’t actively raining and I was able to get the 4’’x8’ sheet home without fear of it getting rain-soaked, but ultimately motivated by the fact that I plan on building a hutch with bamboo and I need a practice project to both get back into the woodworking vibe and to learn how to work with bamboo (the material we’ll make the hutch from).
The project I was going to practice on was a box for a BB/pellet gun we picked up (long story). It won’t be a display case, more of a safe box, but I was really planning on building it from 3/4” material. And, unfortunately, they only had 1/2” sheets in stock. So I picked up a sheet of the half inch stuff, hoping to figure out a way to use it in the case. Well, I’m having trouble figuring out how to make the smaller stock work for the box, but I think I can make it work for a cat tree!
A while back Suzy saw something like the item to the right in a magazine and asked if I could make it. It looks straight forward enough so I accepted the challenge. And, like most projects I get, I think about it more than I actually do it.
We bought cushions for the trays but I just never got around to making the tree. Now, however, I have some material I can use and motivation to do it!
The Sketchup project was designed using 3/4” material, but there’s enough interlocking joints that I’m pretty sure I can make 1/2” work just fine. I’ll spend an hour or two going over the details and re-building the model, get my parts list, and then start building. Not sure this is a one-weekend project for me, but it shouldn’t take too long.
And, as I’m starting to blow my nose a bit more than I’d like, I’m going to stop here, lie down somewhere, and wait for the Big Game to start. Thanks for looking in!