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Is my wordpress dusty? Poor thing needs some activity.

I feel like I’ve been asleep for a few months. So. Stinking. Busy.

Kids in school, mommy in school, hubby working. Add in kid activities and volunteer roles… I think I might be overextended, just a little.

Well, back into the fray.

Bye WordPress. I guess I’ll see you in… April??

😀

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Squirrel!!

Squirrel!!

Funny story… I started culinary school this week. My first Chef Instructor is a nice guy, funny, knowledgeable and can take boring material and make it, well, less boring. He also has a habit of saying, “Squirrel!” –like the dog from the movie ‘Up’
He goes off on tangents. Wild stories and funny memories dot his lectures and when he realizes he has strayed from the current topic, he says, “Squirrel!” and then gets back on track.
Being my sarcastic self, I thought it would be funny to make a squirrel on a stick to hold up in class when he’s gone off topic.
*It was totally Hilarious*
Chef was going on about something and quietly, from the back row, comes a squirrel… He did a double take and then said, “Ha! Squirrel!”
He liked it so much he took it to show the other classrooms… I hope he doesn’t dock my grade too much. =D

I can be crafty. Right? – Part 3 *Results*

It has been a crazy summer…

We have had Gymnastics

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swimming lessons

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random illnesses (leading to 1 hospitalization for my son, but that’s a different story)

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The biggest Garage sale I’ve ever seen

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a vacation and a few day trips

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and even Girl Scout camp

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… whew, sounds exhausting.

It was exhausting, but fun.

Between projects and activities, I managed to find time to work on my media console.

To refresh your minds, I found an awesome website, ana-white.com, which is full of FREE plans to build your own furniture.

I was inspired to create a media console based on this Printer’s Triple Console Cabinet.

Printers Triple Console Cabinet

I took my time getting started, the story of that is here. Once I did get started, I gained a little confidence and had gotten to this point in the build before ending my Day 1 build:

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That’s the back frame and the assembled door panels.

On Day 2, I finished assembling the doors and built the front frame:

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Then I got excited and stopped taking pictures… **sorry ’bout that**

I remembered again at this point:

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I had joined the front and back frames with the 2×2’s, as seen at the side there. I then screwed in the top panel in which I had pre-drilled the guide holes with my handy-dandy Kreg Jig. I then began attaching the divider panels, and finally the base panel which left me with this:

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I set the doors in the frame to check for fit and called it a day.

I was pretty proud of myself at this point. I had demonstrable evidence of my handiness! Kind of, anyway…

The next part was a bit tricky. I had the brilliant idea to deviate from the plans and add in cubby-bases instead of drawers at the top. Then I would have a Media Console instead of a sideboard. It was a good idea, but I couldn’t cut the panels until I got to this point because the measurements were uncertain. Once I had this built, I was able to measure and cut the panels which I fit (almost exactly) onto a 2’x4′ piece of 3/4in plywood, that worked out well.

Over the next weeks, I stained the doors and the pre-cut cubby base panels:

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I used Varathane Stain+Poly in “Kona”

At some point I attached the drawer pulls:

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Let me be clear about that little step… that. is. a. pain. in. the. butt. They sell drill guides for this purpose, I Highly recommend investing in one if you plan on doing something like this.

Then I sanded and sanded and sanded my cabinet, first with 150 grit, then 220 grit sandpaper before staining it as well:

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Next I attached the cubby-base panels, placed the doors in the cabinet to get a feel for how the finished product will look (forgive the dead grass and the neighbor’s car)…

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I stepped back and went, “Holy Crap!!” …. I can’t believe I built that!! I did it! The woman who falls off porches and can’t catch ANYTHING you throw at her *built* that!!

Unbelievable. Awesome. Now all that is left is to attach the doors and move her inside. I’ll post a pic update as soon as I get that done. For now, I sleep, satisfied with my success…. Goodnight!