… look, I don’t know, post titles are hard.
ANYWAY the next bit, having gotten the box done, was to do the shelves. & I learned from someone else who put the shelves up first & then cut the braces to fit that it’s way easier if you don’t do it that way round.
This is the first part of the build that gives me any room to get fancy, so HELL YEAH I got fancy. I looked at a couple of other similar projects, sketched around some, & finally came up with the template pictured above. Yes, I free-drew that, which is apparently impressive, but come on, it’s not like drawing hands.
Then … I hadda cut out that shape ten times.
My jigsaw, which has gotten me through a LOT of projects over a LOT of years, had gotten to the point that … well … I’ve had it for a LOT of years. It was up to the job — I cut the first brace with it — but I had to charge it twice to do so, & it took forEVer.
In a fit of extreme crankitude I took to twitter (to complain) & the Home Despot website (to look for a new jigsaw). I knew I wanted the same brand as my roommate Rowan’s stuff, because I LOVE every one of their tools, & that way we could share batteries. I was pleased to find that the jigsaw for that set was on sale — it’s usually $99 for the saw alone, but that day it was $99 for the saw & a battery. & those batteries ain’t cheap.
I hemmed & hawed (on twitter, of course, that being where I do most of my ruminating) & at one point I said something like ‘Anyone wanna buy me a jigsaw? I’LL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND’.
In the meantime Rowan said he’d been wanting to get the jigsaw for that set anyway, & it was a really good sale, & if I used the house funds to grab one for him that’d be great. Which was awesome! Although I did still want one for myself, & $99 ain’t bad …
… but then I got a private message from a party who I shan’t identify, in which they said that while they would prefer that our friendship continue to grow organically, they would be perfectly pleased to buy me a jigsaw, & could they perchance have my Paypal address?
HOLY BUGGERING WHAT
So yeah after spending about fifteen minutes running around in circles screaming, I ordered two jigsaws, one for Rowan, & one for me.
& then I had to wait THREE ENTIRE DAYS for the thing to arrive.
Ahh, well. There are advantages to living in the future, but developing patience ain’t one of em.
Fortunately I had plenty to do in the meantime, getting the wood ready for cutting. I knew I wanted to use some of the wood I’ve been salvaging from an old abandoned house down the way, & this was my first chance. But it’s old, beat-up wood, & as I discovered when I tried fitting the first one in place, the ends aren’t necessarily square.
(But doesn’t that look GOOD sitting there?)
So I had to take all these THICK, sturdy boards (LOOK at the thing!) …
… & square off the edges. You gotta kinda squint, but you can see how off that is.
I had prepared ahead of time, however, & I already had a 90 degree cutting guide made, specially fitted to Rowan’s circular saw.
Rowan has this lovely wee circular saw that weighs approximately a fifth as much as the big metal one I grew up using. I LOVE the thing, except for when it’s JUST not quite enough to go all the way through the wood.
All I hadda do was go over the edge again without the cutting guide in the way, but, well.
I got all the boards squared up, traced the template onto each one — sometimes at interesting angles —
— & by the time I had all that done, it was Thursday & I had a new jigsaw.
IT’S SO FLUFFY
Seriously, it cut SO smoothly & SO quickly. I got these two braces done in about fifteen minutes.
As I told the friend who’d supplied me the money for the jigsaw, ‘I believe the phrase is “like buttah”‘.
… holy CATS.
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